17 Yr.Old Girl – Is a 17-year-old girl considered a child or a young adult?
If I asked you whether a 17-year-old girl is considered a child or young adult, what would you say? It’s probably not an easy question to answer. After all, some states will consider her to be both at once. And while that may seem strange, the truth is that it’s not the only thing that makes this question hard to answer. In fact, it’s complicated! But don’t worry: we’ve got everything you need to know about how our society defines adulthood when it comes to minors who are still in their teens.
The answer depends on how you look at it.
- Age of consent: In most countries, the age of consent is 16 or 18 years old. This means that an individual who is younger than this cannot legally consent to sexual intercourse with another person who is older than them (the law assumes that children are not capable of making informed decisions about sex). However, some countries set different ages for males and females; for example, in Canada the age of consent for both sexes is 16 but in Argentina it’s 14 for boys but 15 for girls.
- Legal age for marriage: Most countries have a minimum legal age requirement before someone can get married without parental permission; this varies between 16-21 years depending on where you live.
- Age limits on drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco products vary widely around the world — ranging from zero tolerance laws where any consumption will lead straight into jail time all the way down through zero tolerance rules being relaxed so long as certain conditions are met like having reached adulthood (which varies from country). Some states even allow minors under 21 years old access if they’re accompanied by their parents or guardians when visiting breweries/distilleries/wineries etc., which gives them more freedom than other regions simply because those places aren’t specifically designed as “adult-oriented” environments like nightclubs might be.
Legally, she’s neither.
There are laws that apply to children and laws that apply to adults. There are also laws that apply to minors and laws that apply to adults. A 17-year-old girl is not a child as defined by any of these laws but she is also not an adult (she cannot vote or drink alcohol).
But she is legally responsible for her actions.
It’s true that a 17-year-old girl is considered a child or young adult. She’s not legally responsible for her actions, but she can be tried as an adult. An example of this would be if your daughter was charged with murder for killing someone in self-defense. In this case, she would be tried as an adult because she committed murder–a crime that usually carries jail time and/or fines when it involves adults only (the same applies to other crimes).
However, there are some exceptions where minors can sign contracts and enter into agreements with others:
- A minor who is emancipated may enter into contracts without the approval of his or her parents or legal guardian;
- If you live independently from your parents and are married;
She can be tried as an adult in some states if she commits certain crimes.
In some states, 17-year-old girls can be tried as adults for certain crimes. For example, if a 17-year-old girl commits murder or sexual assault and it is determined that she had the maturity and knowledge to handle adult responsibilities, she may be tried as an adult in those states.
She can’t sign a contract, but she can make one.
A contract is a promise. The law considers contracts to be legal documents, and they can be oral or written. A contract is enforceable in court if it meets certain requirements:
- There must be mutual assent by both parties (the person making the promise and the person receiving it)
- There must be consideration (something of value given by one party and accepted by another). This could include money, services rendered or promised, or something else of value given by one party for which there is an expectation of being paid back with similar value received from another party at some time in the future.
- There must be capacity on part of both parties (meaning they understand what they’re doing).
It’s complicated. It depends on the state, and sometimes even the county. In some states, a 17-year-old may be tried as an adult for crimes such as murder or rape, but in others she can still be tried as a minor.
In some states she can sign contracts like a mortgage agreement or cell phone contract; in others she can’t do that until she turns 18 (or 19). And because some states have “Romeo & Juliet” laws that prevent prosecution of underage partners who engage in consensual sex with each other–even if one partner is much older than the other–it’s important to know what your local laws are before you get involved with someone else who might be considered young enough to be your child!
It’s a complicated question, but the answer is probably yes. A 17-year-old girl is old enough to be considered an adult in most states and countries in the world. However, she still has some limitations on her ability to make decisions or sign contracts due to her age.