Teens and young adults sometimes aren’t aware of the possible criminal consequences of dating someone underage, attorneys say.What seems like a high school romance can lead to a felony conviction and having to register as a sexual offender.Here are five ways the law affects your new 18-year-old adult: An 18-year-old cannot rent a car, but he can buy one.You may need to co-sign on the loan because he does not have a solid work or credit history yet.TP-ing the neighborhood or shoplifting may have landed them a slap on the wrist last week, but that is no longer the case.Even some minor drug possession charges that may have been overlooked at 17 can lead to some jail time at 18.We want you to be informed because being a “minor” affects your right to information and services. Keep in mind that these laws may be different for you if you are legally considered an emancipated minor, pregnant minor, minor living apart or married minor. 16 In the eyes of the law, teenagers of certain ages cannot consent or agree to sex until they reach a specific age. 10.“Minors’ Access to Contraceptive Services,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 11.“Emergency Contraception,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 12.“Emergency Room Requirements To Offer/Provide Sexual Assault Survivors with Emergency Contraception.” Henry J.
Benda pleaded guilty to the charge in November 2012. The charge was dismissed in July 2014 after he successfully completed two years of probation.In Indiana, you can legally consent to sexual intercourse when you become 16 years old. A minor who is married can get a prescription for birth control without a parent’s permission. 7.“An Overview of Minors’ Consent Laws, State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. 8.“Minors’ Access to STI Services,” State Policies in Brief, The Alan Guttmacher Institute. Eighteen is a magic birthday, a milestone into adulthood accompanied by great privileges as well as serious legal implications.At 18, your teen can vote, buy a house or wed his high school sweetheart. "Sexual conduct" means sexual intercourse, deviate sexual conduct, exhibition of the uncovered genitals intended to satisfy or arouse the sexual desires of any person, sado-masochistic abuse, sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct with an animal, or any fondling or touching of a child by another person or of another person by a child intended to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the other person. IC 35-42-4-4 Child exploitation; possession of child pornography; violation classification; exemption; definitions Sec. (a) As used in this section: "Disseminate" means to transfer possession for free or for a consideration. "Performance" has the same meaning as in IC 35-49-1-7. (c) A person eighteen (18) years of age or older who knowingly or intentionally: (1) engages in sexual intercourse; (2) engages in deviate sexual conduct; or (3) touches or fondles the person’s own body; in the presence of a child less than fourteen (14) years of age with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the child or the older person commits performing sexual conduct in the presence of a minor, a Class D felony. 17 You are considered a minor (someone who is not an adult) if you are under 18 years old. This is a legal status that lawmakers created for your protection. (c) A person who knowingly or intentionally possesses: (1) a picture; (2) a drawing; (3) a photograph; (4) a negative image; (5) undeveloped film; (6) a motion picture; (7) a videotape; (8) a digitized image; or (9) any pictorial representation; that depicts or describes sexual conduct by a child who is less than sixteen (16) years of age or appears to be less than sixteen (16) years of age, and that lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value commits possession of child pornography, a Class D felony. (b) A person who knowingly or intentionally: (1) manages, produces, sponsors, presents, exhibits, photographs, films, videotapes, or creates a digitized image of any performance or incident that includes sexual conduct by a child under eighteen (18) years of age; (2) disseminates, exhibits to another person, offers to disseminate or exhibit to another person, or sends or brings into Indiana for dissemination or exhibition matter that depicts or describes sexual conduct by a child under eighteen (18) years of age; or (3) makes available to another person a computer, knowing that the computer’s fixed drive or peripheral device contains matter that depicts or describes sexual conduct by a child less than eighteen (18) years of age; commits child exploitation, a Class C felony.