Just wondering on that question because I’m 17 turning 18 in college in a week and my girlfriend is 17 turning 18 in January and is a high school senior
The recently enacted "Romeo & Juliet" defense for Sexual Conduct of a Minor can be applicable if the victim is fifteen, sixteen, or seventeen years of age; the defendant is under nineteen years of age; or if the defendant is attending high school and is no more than twenty-four months older than the victim, and the conduct is consensual. (ARS § 13-1407).
Conclusively, if the boyfriend is 18 (born on September 1) and the girlfriend is 16 (born on or after September 2), then the "Romeo and Juliet" Defense applies. If the girlfriend is 19 (born on December 1) and is still attending high school and her boyfriend is 17 (born on or after December 2), the defense applies. If the girlfriend is under 15, the defense does not apply no matter how old the boyfriend. If the boyfriend is 18 and the girlfriend is 15, the defense does not apply.
Remember, this is an affirmative "defense" to the crime of Sexual Conduct with a Minor. I have a guide to sex conduct with a minor charges on my AVVO profile if you want to take a look. I hope that helps. Best of luck.
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