With the rise of cell phone use, especially among teenagers, the practice of “sexting”—sending nude or sexually suggestive photos by text message—has also become common.Some states have enacted laws against sexting that occurs between teenagers, with penalties that are less severe than those that would apply to an adult who sends such photos to an under-age person.Any minor petitioning a Texas court for emancipation -- that is, being declared an adult in the eyes of the law -- must be a Texas resident, 17 years old (or 16 and living apart from one's parents), and able to support and manage one's own affairs.The minor seeking emancipation will have to state the following in his or her petition: Consenting to Medical Treatment as a Minor Any minor who is either in the military or 16 years old and living apart from one's parents (and thus eligible for emancipation) may consent to medical treatment.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.
Even worse, he may carry the stigma of being labeled a sex offender for the rest of his life.
See Emancipation of Minors and Parental Liability Basics for related information.
Minors may consent to any treatment if in military or 16 years old and living apart from parents.
Overview of Texas Legal Age Laws Texas, as do many other states, recognizes 18 as the "age of majority," at which point residents are legally considered adults (as opposed to "minors").
But Texas legal ages laws also govern a minor's eligibility for emancipation, the legal capacity for signing a contract or consenting to medical treatment.
A 51-year-old Texas man named Aldo Leiva is currently dating his 17-year-old student.
Their relationship is technically legal—but after she sent him nude selfies, he was charged with possession of child pornography.
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.
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.
(Even Romeo would be labeled a sex offender today, as he was believed to be 16 and Juliet 13 when their relationship began.)Though the age of consent (i.e.