If you fail to follow the Arizona age of consent laws, you could face a sex crime conviction. Arizona courts prosecute sex crimes doggedly. They are often crimes that evoke a strong emotional response in the public. Regardless of the actual circumstances of your offense, prosecutors will seek harsh punishment.
What happens if you break the age of consent?
In California, the age of consent is 18. This means that in order for someone to voluntarily engage in sexual activity, they must be at least 18-years-of-age. And if an adult engages in sexual intercourse with a minor, they break the law and can be subject to criminal prosecution.
What is considered a minor in Arizona?
A minor, by definition, is any person under the age of majority. This age is defined differently from state to state. Arizona, like most states, sets the age of majority at 18. So, the Arizona statutes discussed below only apply when a child is under the age of 18.
Can you move out at 16 without parental consent in Arizona?
If a person is under age 18 in Arizona, he or she cannot leave home without a parents permission unless he or she is fully emancipated, or the parents have lost their right to parental authority.