Legal Consequences of Statutory Rape in Arizona In Arizona, statutory rape is consensual sexual or oral intercourse with an individual who is below Arizona’s age of consent.The law suggests that those who are below Arizona’s age of consent, which is 18 years old, are unable to consent to sexual activity with an individual who is older than them.Those who break Arizona’s age of consent laws potentially expose themselves to prosecution that can lead to incarceration or mandatory enrollment as a sex offender on the sex offender registry until age 25, at the least.
The first defense relates to Arizona’s Romeo and Juliet Laws, also known as the Age Difference Defense.
Under subsection (f) of Arizona Revised Statutes 13-1407, 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.
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 13-1405.
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 18.
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.
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It is never okay for any person to have sex with another person who is under 12.
For those who are charged and convicted under Arizona’s statutory rape law, the consequences are high and severe.