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I've been dating this guy for over a year, we're engaged, but don't plan on getting married until he's 21.
I don't believe it is, although it would be illegal for sexual conduct to take place.
Unless there is some information that the questioner does not disclose - no - as long as you return to the state and appear for your court date, it is not illegal to leave the state with a pending court date. Though it is illegal in some states to request someone to write you a (or many) post dated checks to guarantee payment.
So, to answer the question at hand, yes, it is illegal for an 18-year-old to date a 17-year-old in California provided that the term “date” is being used in this context as a euphemism for sexual intercourse and that the couple is not legally married.
California’s Definition of Statutory Rape California’s main statutory rape law (contained in section 261.5 of the California Penal Code) makes it is illegal to have sexual intercourse with a minor (i.e.
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For example, if a 25-year-old man has consensual sex with a 16-year-old girl who is not his wife, then he can be charged with statutory rape in California even if the teenage girl seduced him and he was unaware that she was underage.
Additionally, it should be noted that whether the crime of statutory rape is charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony offense in California is dependent on the age difference between the offender and the victim.
For example, if the age difference between the offender and the minor is not more than three years, then he or she is guilty of a misdemeanor.