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.
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.
If you are beneath your state's age of consent, then fondling, groping, sex, etc. "Dating" is not unlawful, but anything remotely sexual probably is.- Carl A Retired Nor Cal Cop Sergeant "Make mine a double mocha ... " Seek justice, Love mercy, Walk humbly with your God -- Courageous, by Casting Crowns ... v=pk M-g Dcm Je MANYONE can report unlawful sexual activity with a minor. In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity.Individuals aged 17 or younger in Arizona are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape.Your 18-year-old son is dating a 16-year-old female classmate – no big deal, right?
A two-year age difference isn’t particularly alarming, and dating is fairly standard at that age.
Depending on the situation, the Arizona close-in-age exemption may completely exempt qualifying close-in-age couples from the age of consent law, or merely provide a legal defence that can be used in the event of prosecution. It is a defense to a prosecution pursuant to sections 13-1404 and 13-1405 in which the victim's lack of consent is based on incapacity to consent because the victim was fifteen, sixteen or seventeen years of age if at the time the defendant engaged in the conduct constituting the offence the defendant did not know and could not reasonably have known the age of the victim. It is a defense to a prosecution pursuant to section 13-1404 or 13-1405 that the person was the spouse (legally married AND cohabiting) of the other person at the time of commission of the act... It is a defense to a prosecution pursuant to section 13-1405 if the victim is fifteen, sixteen or seventeen years of age, the defendant is under nineteen years of age or attending high school and is no more than twenty-four months older than the victim and the conduct is consensual.
Arizona has ten statutory sexual abuse charges on the books which are used to prosecute age of consent and child abuse related crimes within the state.
What laws should i be looking into to protect anyone over the age of 18 i consent to date or spend time with?
Also, Who has the ability to sugest that a party is breaking the consent laws, be it sexual or simply dating? E., Can only a parent request an investigation, or is it open to anyone? ANYONE can report unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
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.