This was one of the answers on a previous question I asked here. What is the Romeo and Juliet Law and would it apply to the following situation:
I have a friend who is 18 years old and his girlfriend is 14 turning 15 in 3 1/2 months. She just found out that she is pregnant. Would the Romeo and Juliet Law protect the 18 year old? Even if the female is pregnant?
No, the Romeo and Juliet Law does not protect someone from prosecution when they otherwise would meet the statutory criteria for a sex crime. Instead, what the law does is allows some individuals who are being sentenced to a sex crime involving a victim not less than 14 years old the opportunity to avoid having to register as a sexual offender if they meet certain criteria and the court approves the request. One of the criteria is that there can't be more than a 4 year age gap between the two at the time of the incident. I hope this information is helpful.
Without reviewing all the facts and evidence, it is not possible to give a proper opinion regarding the liklihood of sucess of your case.
Your friend could be prosecuted for Lewd and Lascivious Battery, which is a second degree felony. A person under the age of 16 is deemed not to be able to consent to sex. It appears that there is less than four years between him and the girl. The Romeo and Juliet Act could prevent him from having to register as a sex offender, but it will not provide immunity from prosecution. Your friend needs to get a lawyer right away to advise him of how he should proceed.
No. He can go to prison for lewd and lascivious battery and impregnating a minor. He better pray the girls parents like him, give permission to get married, and don't turn him in.
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