Romeo & Juliet Law in Florida

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The Romeo and Juliet law is a relatively new statutory law that was passed in 2007. Under this law, teenagers can now be tried and convicted of sex offenses by engaging in sexual relations with teenagers younger than themselves. Receiving the label of a sex offender can have a significant impact upon a teenager's life. Sex offender status limits housing, job employment opportunity, and personal life. As such, the law has become fairly notorious. Unfortunately for offenders, while the Romeo and Juliet law does differentiate teenage offenders from adult offenders who prey on children, the sex offender registry does not.

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The Requirements for Being Accused of the Romeo and Juliet Law

Before the Romeo and Juliet law was passed in 2007, a 15 year old teenager and an 18 year old teenager could have consensual sexual relations. Afterward, if accused, the 18 year old, whether male or female, could then be labeled as a sex offender for a minimum of twenty years. Thanks to the Romeo and Juliet law, the teenager now has just as much right to petition the court in order to have his or her sex offender status removed as a sexual offender.

In order to petition, the case must meet the follow criteria:

  • The victim must have had to be at least fourteen years of age.
  • The victim must have had to consent to the sexual engagement.
  • The offender cannot have been accused or convicted of a previous sex crime.
  • The offender had to have been convicted of a sex offense that qualifies for petition.
  • The offender cannot have been more than four years the elder of the victim during the incident in question.

Note that just because the case meets the criteria listed above, that does not change the legality of the sexual contact. However meeting the criteria will allow the offender to petition the courts to have his or her status a sexual offender revoked.

In the state of Florida, ignorance of the victim's age is no longer considered a viable defense, and thus will not constitute a repeal, or revocation of the offender's sex offender status. Since the year the Romeo and Juliet law was passed, more than two hundred and fifty would-be teenage sex offenders have successfully petitioned, and appealed, their sex offender status under the Romeo and Juliet law. Much of the public in Florida believe strongly that this law allows a distinct line to be drawn between true sex offenders, and teenagers making lustful mistakes.

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If you need representation in order to appeal your status as a sex offender, and you are not sure whether or not the Romeo and Juliet law applies to you, Musca Law can help. With over 150years of combined experience in the field, our Florida Romeo and Juliet Law attorneys know Florida's sex crime laws inside and out.

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