Az dating age laws


12-Feb-2016 05:04

Arizona I'm a 16 year old female located in the state of arizona, To turn 17 in 31 days.

I have an ongoing concern with dating; due to the age of consent laws in existing--I reference dating, not sexual activity.

This means that any person 17 years old or younger in our state, unless legally married, is considered incapable of agreeing to sexual behavior and therefore any sexual behavior they are engaged in (heterosexual or homosexual) is illegal.

The relevant criminal charge in our state is felony Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, commonly known in other states as statutory rape.

If a 19 year old who is not in high school is involved with a minor of any age, charges can be filed against the older party.

This means that a relationship considered “safe” one day, can become illegal the next day if a birthday or graduation from high school occurs.

Your Family and the Law is written by Claudia Gilburd, founder of Teen Law School, Inc.

That’s why every parent of every Arizona teen must be certain they understand these rather complicated rules and ensure that their children understand and abide by them completely.

There are two defenses to this charge in Arizona which have direct bearing on teenage romances. rule states that if the age difference between the mutually consenting, minor partners is 24 months or less, and no one is 14 years or younger, and no one is 19 years old and not in high school, the sexual conduct is unlikely to warrant a charge by the county attorney.

However, if the age difference is greater than 24 months, by even one day, charges can be brought, potentially against both parties.

Certainly, anytime non- consensual sexual activity occurs, additional and extremely serious felony sex assault charges will be filed against the offending party. Let’s say an 18 boy meets a precocious girl who appears to be a “safe” 17 years of age. The girl tells her friend who tells her mother who calls the police because she knows the girl to be 15, not 17.

She claims she is 17, says she’s in the 11th grade in another school and looks every bit the part. That boy could well be charged because even though he was mistaken about her age, he should have made reasonable attempts to determine her age. Did he question her family or friends about her age?Penalties for juvenile sex offenders include incarceration and mandatory enrollment as a sex offender at least until the age of 25. §13-1407, is the Age Difference Defense or the Romeo and Juliet rule.



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