The problem typically arises when the male is 18 or 19, the female is between 14 and 16, and the parent of the younger teen presses charges.
Running Time: 2 hrs 15 mins Share in the passion and stolen moments of the world’s most famous young lovers, and get swept up in the heartbreak as the tragedy of their world consumes them.Read More Book *Prices inclusive of booking fees: Phone/Counter - £1 per ticket plus postage charge where applicable.Online - £1.50 per ticket plus £1 per transaction for postage. From ecstatic joy to crushing heartbreak, nothing ever feels the same again.Please note, concessions may not be available on every performance. The new laws, named “Romeo and Juliet laws” after Shakespeare’s tragic teenage lovers, attempt to correct overly harsh penalties and prison terms meted out over the years.
In 2007, these laws went into effect in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana and Texas.
In Florida, a 28-year-old man who’d been placed on the state’s sex offender registry was able to remove his name after passage of Florida’s Romeo and Juliet law in July 2007.
When Shakespeare brought Romeo and Juliet to life, he was intentional in choosing two young characters as his protagonists.
Then as now, two teens having consensual sex is understandable. The difference between the two situations would seem obvious. S., legally speaking, there’s little distinction between Romeo and Juliet's mutual decision and the abusive actions of a child molester.
An older teen who has sex with his younger girlfriend can be arrested, prosecuted, and jailed for the act.
Even worse, he may carry the stigma of being labeled a sex offender for the rest of his life.