Since the difference between a 16- or 17-year-old and an 18-year-old may be difficult to discern, someone keen to avoid a felony charge would be wise to demand proof of age before saying anything about sex.
And if the object of his attention happens to have a fake ID—as teenagers pretending to be older than they are sometimes do, especially when they go to bars or clubs—that is no defense.
While there is no statutory language specifically defining emancipation, Ohio courts will consider it on a case-by-case basis.
But unlike in many other states, there is no legal process by which a minor may petition the court to become emancipated.
The Ohio Senate is expected to take up the bill after returning from its summer break.
Talk to a Family Law Attorney Today The vagueness of the legal age laws makes them difficult to understand.And if you get married prior to reaching 18, the court may be more likely to emancipate you.Minors in Ohio generally cannot provide consent to most medical procedures and must seek the consent of a parent or legal guardian instead.Their incapacity is written into the statute—hence the term, “statutory” rape.The age of consent can vary among states, and some states differentiate between consensual sex between minors who are close in age (for example, two teenagers of the same age), as opposed to sex between a minor and a much older adult.