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    Default 22 Year Old Dating a 17 Year Old

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: Illinois

    Okay. I've seen other similar posts that got stickied with links to unhelpful websites.

    I have read that there is a 5 year difference rule. But i'm not sure if this 5 year difference refers to the AGE of the persons, or their BIRTHDAYS

    For instance. If this rule applies to the AGE, then a 17 year old and a 22 year old would not be legal sexually because they are 5 years apart.

    But if in regards to the actual birthdays, in my case my birthday being january 16, 1989, and her birthday is october 17th, 1993, our age difference with regards to our birthdays would be in the legal limit by a margin of 2 months. We are 4 years and 10 months apart.

    Which way of thinking is correct?

    I have not been able to answer this question through reading statutes online.

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    Default Re: 22 Year Old Date 17 Year Old Illinois

    I'm not sure why you're confused.

    It would be based upon the date of birth. Which coincidentally would be the exact same thing as the actual difference in age....

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    Default Re: 22 Year Old Date 17 Year Old Illinois

    Our birthdays, on a day-for-day, month-for-month basis, are 4 years and 10 months apart. - Legal under the 5 year rule

    Our ages 17 and 22 are 5 years apart. Illegal = 5 years difference

    does the law consider as much detail as the months and days between our birthdays, or only just the solid years of our ages?

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    Default Re: 22 Year Old Date 17 Year Old Illinois

    Let me try again

    It's not about subtracting 17 from 22.

    It's about the EXACT age difference.

    Which for you, is 4 years and 10 months.

    Clearer now?

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    Default Re: 22 Year Old Date 17 Year Old Illinois

    Yes, much clearer. Thank you so much.

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    Default Re: 22 Year Old Date 17 Year Old Illinois

    Or, better, you could just wait until she is 18 in 2 and one half months.

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    Default Re: 22 Year Old Date 17 Year Old Illinois

    Quote Quoting cyjeff
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    Or, better, you could just wait until she is 18 in 2 and one half months.


    There IS that, yes.

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    Default Re: 22 Year Old Date 17 Year Old Illinois

    And of course, mom and dad can trump the whole issue by saying NO.

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