Using our definition, the age of consent in Florida is 18. (2) The provisions of this section do not apply to a person 16 or 17 years of age who has had the disabilities of nonage removed under chapter 743.
794.05 Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors.-- (1) A person 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. (3) The victim's prior sexual conduct is not a relevant issue in a prosecution under this section.
To learn more about legal age laws in general, take a look at our article on state age laws.
Florida Age of Majority The age of majority in Florida is 18.
This means that when you turn 18, you gain almost all of the legal rights that adults have.
Some of those include the right to vote, and getting a driver's license without parental permission.
[EDITORS NOTE: We get many comments regarding Florida and our posting of the age of consent as 18.
You should understand that our definition of "age of legal consent" is the age at which a person may consent to sexual contact with ANY person not in a position of authority, etc. As used in this section, "sexual activity" means oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another; however, sexual activity does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose.
Spokesmen for the Hillsborough and Pasco sheriff's offices said their sexual offender units do not actively suggest the option.
The circuit court in Hillsborough County has approved just five requests.
They keep a paper trail for each one's original offense, which makes it easy to spot someone who may be eligible for removal from the state database.
"If we know somebody is eligible to be helped out by a law, well, it's also our duty to notify them so they can take advantage of it," said Detective Scott Summers.
One explanation might be the approach of Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender Bob Dillinger and Pinellas County sheriff's detectives.