Michigan Romeo and Juliet Law Information
When it comes to the Romeo and Juliet law, this has to deal with underage consensual sex and helping keep certain individuals off the sex offender list.
In essence, The “Romeo and Juliet” law reduces the penalty for individuals that are no more than four (4) years older than their sex partner. It became effective into law on effective July 1, 2011.
In easier terms to understand, if there was an 18-year-old having sex with a 14 year old they would not go on the sex offender list. However if this 18 year old were 19, they could end up on the list.
Current Romeo and Juliet Exemptions
- If the victim involved was 13-15 years old, and the offending minor is not more than four years older than the minor
- If the victim involved was 16 or 17 years old, and the minor was not under the custodial authority of the offender at the time of the conduct.
Benefits for Romeo and Juliet Sex Offender List Removal In Michigan
Were you placed on the list before this law was put into place? You may have a case to get your name removed after the fact. Contacting a lawyer is your best course of action to get your name removed from the list. The law office of Scott M Aaronson can petition to get your name removed depending on your actual circumstances.
Michigan Age of Consent
Part of the law all comes down to the age of consent. Currently The Michigan Age of Consent is 16 years old. What this means is that 16 is the minimum age that a person can be consider legally able to give consent. Those 15 or younger are not able to consent and may result in prosecution for those minors younger than 16 years old. This law applies to the entire country and not just the State of Michigan.