Tucson, AZ asked in Criminal Law for Arizona

Q: If I went over seas to see a girl under 18 but didn't have sex with her am I ok?

When we first met I was told she was 18... we are no planing on getting married as soon as she is 18

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Kai Michael Henderson
Kai Michael Henderson
  • Criminal Law Lawyer

A: There is really not a good answer to this question without more information. However, it should be noted that the Courts in Arizona generally only have jurisdiction over cases that occur in Arizona. While you might be extradited to another jurisdiction if you are charged with violating their laws, that is not an issue that will be prosecuted in Arizona. Furthermore, the laws of various jurisdictions vary from country to country. In some countries such as Canada, dating someone who is 16 is not necessarily illegal, even if a sexual relation is involved. This can vary by local laws within a country. For general information see: https://www.ageofconsent.net/world. Some jurisdictions have laws against various sexual conduct that is not intercourse. For example A.R.S. Sec. 13-1405 forbids various acts that are felonious if performed in front of a minor. You would be better off discussing this with an attorney if you are still worried.

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