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Romeo and Juliet Law in Michigan – What 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.

Romeo and Juliet Law in Michigan  – Fast Facts

The Romeo and Juliet Law in Michigan deals with underage consensual sex and it helps certain individuals off the sex offender list.  The Romeo and Juliet Law does not require the teenagers who are convicted of sex crimes to be registered as a sex offender. This means they would no longer be listed on Michigan’s sex offender registry at all.

The Romeo and Juliet Law in Michigan reduces the penalty for young people that are no more than 4 years older than their sex partner. For example, if an 18 year old engaged into sexual activity with a 14 year old, no names will go to the sex offender list. However, if the 18 year old is proven to be 19 years of age, their names could end up on the list.

It’s also important to consider the age of consent in Michigan under the Romeo and Juliet Law. Individuals who are 15 years old and younger are not legally able to consent in any sexual activity. If they do, it will fall down into a criminal sexual conduct charge and could be prosecuted for statutory rape. The Michigan statutory rape law is violated when the other party is under age 16. The age of consent is raised to 18 when the other party is an authority figure. It’s also important to know that the sexual relations between teachers and students in Michigan, of any age, is against the law.

In criminal sexual conduct charges in Michigan, the determining fact is the age of the parties involved. Even if the underage individual pursues or given consent to the sexual relationship, the defendant can still face criminal prosecution.

Under the Romeo and Juliet law in Michigan, the accused or defendant can have a case to get their name removed from the sex offender registry list. If you wanted to know if you or someone you know are entitled with it, contact Michigan criminal sexual conduct lawyer – Nicole Blank Becker today!

For further reading:

Romeo And Juliet Law Law and Legal Definition

Juveniles and the Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act (SORA)




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