Tennessee has a close-in-age exemption.A close in age exemption, also known as "Romeo and Juliet law", is designed to prevent the prosecution of underage couples who engage in consensual sex when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both are below the age of consent.. Depending on the situation, the Tennessee close-in-age exemption may completely exe...
In Tennessee, there is a Romeo and Juliet exemption for consensual sexual acts between a minor who is 13 or older and a defendant who is less than four years older. For instance, a 17-year-old who engages in consensual sex with a 15-year-old cannot be prosecuted for statutory rape.
Okay, so in Tennessee there is a Romeo and Juliet law. Which "allows" a 4 year age gap between a adult and minor when it comes to sexual relations. A girl wants to get with me and we are 3 years and 5 months apart not quite four. So my question is if anything sexual happened would there be legal consequences?
If you're in the US, the laws vary by state, so it would depend on which state it is. Also, be aware that not every state has a "Romeo and Juliet law"
Recent changes in the laws governing consensual sex between minors or an adult 18 years of age and a minor 14-16 years of age have acknowledged that this intimacy is not the same as molestation.The new laws, named “Romeo and Juliet laws” after Shakespeare’s tragic teenage lovers, attempt to correct overly harsh penalties and prison terms meted out over the years.
Romeo and Juliet laws address the issue of consensual sex between teens and young adults. Historically, these young adults could be charged with statutory rape when engaging in a relationship or sexual relations with someone who is technically under the age of consent.Romeo and Juliet laws typically reduce or eliminate the statutory rape penalty in many cases, though the laws vary by state.
Example of a state statute ( Florida) dealing with Romeo & Juliet Law. The Florida Romeo & Juliet Law passed in 2007 is designed to protect individuals from the sex offender list. The victim in the case must be between 14 and 17, a willing participant in the sexual activity and no more than four years younger than the offender.
The close in age exemptions we have today allow young lovers to consent to one another without fear of breaking the law, while still keeping harsh restrictions on the age of consent. A good real-world example of a Romeo and Juliet law is the state of Delaware, in the United States. The age of consent in Delaware is eighteen, and has a close in ...
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Romeo and Juliet laws generally do not apply to homosexuals; leaving them vulnerable to being charged with harsher penalties for a similar act and circumstances that a heterosexual couple would do. Opponents of this aspect of Romeo and Juliet legislation allege that the law is too discriminatory to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans-gender people.