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Romeo and Juliet Law in Michigan

by Nicole Blank Becker on Jan. 21, 2019


Summary: The Romeo and Juliet Law in Michigan - Things That You Need To Know

Many states have already adopted the Romeo and Juliet law, named after Shakespeare’s famous young teen lovers, to protect teens who engaged in consensual sexual activity with other teens from criminal sexual conduct charges.

Here in Michigan, the statutory rape law doesn’t exempt teens from prosecution for sexual penetration but they are protected for other sexual activity. For example, if a 17 year old engages in a consensual sexual act with a 14 year old, the 17 year old won’t be prosecuted. However, if they engaged with more than the touching or so (oral or penetration), he or she could face criminal sexual conduct charges.

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Romeo and Juliet Law in Michigan

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