New York State Dating Laws

by Lindsay Nixon

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Lindsay Nixon has been writing since 2007. Her work has appeared in "Vegetarian Times," "Women's Health Magazine" and online for The Huffington Post. She is also a published author, lawyer and certified personal trainer. Nixon has two Bachelors of Arts in classics and communications from the College of Charleston and a Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law.

New York State Dating Laws

Criminal Law

In New York, sex between someone over the age of 21 and someone under the age of 17 is considered third-degree rape. Additionally, sex between someone over the age of 18 and under the age of 15 is considered second-degree rape. However, if the parties are less than four years apart in age, there is no crime. Lastly, under New York law it is considered first-degree rape to have sex with someone under the age of 11, regardless of the other person's age. It is also first-degree rape if one person is older than the age of 18 and the other is less than 13 years old.

Age

In New York, the violation also turns on the age of the offender. Under New York criminal law, more strict punishments are attached to older offenders. More specifically, offenders over the age of 21 receive the harshest statutory rape penalty.

Penalties

For third-degree rape, the penalty is up to four years in prison. For second-degree rape, the penalty is up to seven years in prison and for first-degree rape, the penalty is up to 25 years in prison.

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