Sadly, all it takes to turn a teenage romance into a nightmare that never ends is a single complaint to the police from an angry parent or a jilted boyfriend or girlfriend.
The emotional, psychological and social consequences of “too much/too soon” can be significant and long-term, the experts say.
But for young people in Arizona, the legal consequences of forbidden sexual activity can be completely life-shattering.
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.
Actions, such as struggling and trying to leave, show that you do not consent.
The police will not charge you with assault if the force you use is reasonable.
Depending on what you are doing and who you are doing it with, sexual activity with a person under 18 years-old is illegal.
A person under 18 years of age cannot consent to sexual activity if: What about persons under 16 years old?
There are exceptions for young persons under 16 years of age who have consensual sexual activity with someone close in age.
These exceptions make sure the law does not label consensual activities between young people as criminal offences.
This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice.