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Age of Consent in Arizona

Teenage romance – it happens all the time. Sometimes however, a minor (someone who is under the age of 18), will have a romantic relationship with someone who is 18 or older and when this occurs, the older person in the relationship can face serious criminal charges under Arizona’s age of consent law.

What does the age of consent mean? It refers to the legal age where someone can consent to sexual intercourse. In the United States, the age of consent varies from state-to-state, but it’s usually 16, 17, or 18 depending on the state. In Arizona, the age of consent is 18.

So, what does the age of consent mean to those who engage in sexual activity with teenagers? It means that if they are 18 or older, they are committing a felony under Arizona law if they have sexual intercourse with a minor who is under the age of 18.

Sexual Conduct with a Minor

Under Section 13-1405 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, Sexual Conduct with a Minor, it reads: “A person commits sexual conduct with a minor by intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person who is under eighteen years of age.”

Under ARS 13-1405(B), sexual conduct with a minor who is under the age of fifteen is a Class 2 felony offense, but sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of fifteen and seventeen is a Class 6 felony.

Sexual conduct with a minor who is at lease fifteen is a Class 2 felony if the perpetrator was in a position of trust; for example, the perpetrator was a coach, teacher, or clergy member. Read about first-time felonies by clicking here.You can also read about Arizona’s sexual assault laws by clicking here.

Are you facing criminal charges for sexual conduct with a minor or sexual assault in Phoenix or Tempe? If so, contact our office for a free consultation with Attorney Davidson, a former Maricopa County prosecutor who’s on your side.

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