Previous Next Age of Consent Laws in Arizona Even though you may not be a teenager anymore, you once were a teenager and are able to recognize the difficulty that comes with that period in life. Most teenagers experience intense emotions, rampant hormones, and according to recent scientific studies — a reduced ability to make reasonable decisions due to an underdeveloped brain.
Some of the poorest decisions that teenagers and individuals who are a bit older than their teen years make are in the area of sexual intercourse. What is the Age of Consent in Arizona? Many states, including Arizona, take their age of consent laws very seriously and violation of those laws has serious criminal repercussions. In Arizona, the age of consent is 18 years old, according to Arizona Revised Statutes Under the statute, it is illegal to knowingly or intentionally engage in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person who is below the age of For example, if you are 21 years old and your partner is 17 years old, it is illegal for you to engage in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with your partner.
Romeo and Juliet Laws and Age Exceptions There are two defenses that your defense lawyer can use if you are involved in an issue regarding the age of consent. Under subsection f of Arizona Revised Statutes , your defense attorney can bring a Romeo and Juliet defense if the victim is age 15, 16, or 17 and the defendant is under 19 years of age or attending high school and is no more than 24 months older than the victim and the conduct is consensual. An example of when the Romeo and Juliet defense may apply is if consensual sexual intercourse has taken place between the victim who is 17 years old and the defendant who is 18 years and is attending high school or has graduated.
If you are charged with statutory rape, then you are likely to face a felony charge. A felony charge is a higher criminal charge than a misdemeanor and all felonies are classified into sections ranging from 1 to 6, with one being the most severe.
If the victim is at least 18 years old, sexual conduct with the victim is a class 6 felony If the victim is under the age of 15, sexual conduct with the victim is a class 2 felony If you are found guilty, a class six felony, the crime can lead to one year in prison. Depending on the quality of your defense lawyer and the discretion of the judge, the class six felony may be bumped down to a class 1 misdemeanor. On the other hand, if you are found guilty, a class 2 felony is much more severe.
A class 2 felony is a minimum of three years in prison and a maximum of five. Contact Tyler Allen Law Firm Today Criminal charges, especially those for statutory rape, are not something that you should handle on your own.
For those who are currently facing criminal charges for statutory rape or other similar cases, the team at Tyler Allen Law Firm can represent you and your needs.
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