I live in Arizona and I just turned 18 and I’m in a non-sexual relationship with a girl who is 15 1/2.

I understand that any kind of sexual conduct is strictly forbidden by Arizona law, but I need to know if I could get into any kind of legal trouble for things like kissing or holding hands. I have been told that kissing specifically can be interpreted as sexual contact, but the definition of sexual contact in section 13-1401 of the Arizona criminal code does not define kissing as such. I specifically need an answer one way or the other on this matter.

Asked on May 27, 2009 under Criminal Law, Arizona

Answers:

BP, Member, Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It does not seem that kissing or holding hands would be prohibited under Arizona law Section 13-1401.  While kissing may certainly be interpreted as sexual contact by some, the statute is what you need to follow.  Here is the statutory link at the Arizona State Legislature:  http://www.azleg.state.az.us/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/13/01401.htm&Title=13&DocType=ARS 


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