Sex with Minors: How the Romeo & Juliet Law Works

February 5, 2014

In the past, teenagers and young adults could easily be labeled as sex offenders, even when engaging in consensual sex. That’s because those over the age of 17 who had sex with another person who was under 17 were considered to be committing statutory rape. Those who were convicted could face significant jail time in addition to be labeled a sex offender. Texas’ new “Romeo and Juliet” law is designed to level the playing field so that undeserving people do not fall victim to the law.