This means that a relationship considered “safe” one day, can become illegal the next day if a birthday or graduation from high school occurs.
Finally, and this is important, the state believes that under no circumstances can a child 14 or under consent to sexual activity.
Penalties for anyone 18 or 19 years old and not in high school are much stiffer, requiring prison time and mandatory sex offender registry for life. This is a bit complicated so we’ve posted a chart on the Teen Law School website for closer study.
Anyone who engages in sexual activity of any type with a partner under the applicable Age of Consent is breaking the law and can be charged with crimes ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony (statutory rape) depending on the jurisdiction in which they are prosecuted.Arizona's specific laws on the Age of Consent can be found above.If you engage in sexual activity with a minor who is under the Arizona Age of Consent of 18, you can be prosecuted under Arizona sexual abuse laws and charged with crimes ranging from sexual assault to first degree rape, regardless of whether or not the sexual acts were consensual.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.Age of sexual consent is the age at which a state says a person can agree to engage in sexual activity.
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?