Q: Would emancipation wedding with someone I love help get them out of a charge with me that's 3rd degree sexual conduct?
I am 16 and my boyfriend is 22 he just turned 22 not even a month ago. Me and him have been dating awhile and I hate where I live and have been wanting to live with him and start our lives. (I know I am young but I am mature enough). While with these charges would we still be able to get married and would it drop the charges. Not doing it so the charges would get dropped would be doing it because I love him but I just wanted to know if it would drop the charges?
A: Consent is not a defense to the statutory rape of a minor in the state of Minnesota. Thus, marrying this individual would not result in the charges being dropped. Further, the marriage would require parental consent. I suspect the state would not take too kindly to your parents granting you consent to marry an individual charged with a sexual offense against you. Please seek assistance from a counselor. I wish you well.
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