What are Romeo and Juliet laws?

Romeo and Juliet laws concern young adults or teenagers a few years apart who willingly have sexual relations. The purpose of Romeo and Juliet provisions is to prevent a sexual act that occurred between individuals within a few years of age from being considered a criminal offense. One of the most significant protections a Romeo and Juliet provision can offer guarantees that a convicted individual will not have to register as a sex offender.

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UPDATED: Jul 14, 2021

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