(e) When criminality of conduct depends on a victim’s being incapable of consent because he or she is mentally defective or mentally incapacitated, it is an affirmative defense that the actor reasonably believed that the victim was capable of consent.
(2) If a judicial officer has reason to believe that mental disease or defect of the defendant will or has become an issue in the case, the judicial officer shall enter such orders as are consistent with § 5-2-305.
The Report Cards survey the civil domestic violence protection order laws of all fifty states and the District of Columbia, assessing their impact on teens seeking protection from abusive relationships.
Here are the highlights from the 2010 State Law Report Cards: Thank you to the attorneys of Latham and Watkins, LLP and the University of Minnesota researchers who generously gave their time to this project.
The region's lower western border follows the Arkansas River just outside Little Rock down through Pine Bluff.
Break the Cycle believes teen victims of dating violence deserve the same legal protections that adult victims of domestic abuse receive.
Young victims should have access to the legal system and other sensitive services needed to ensure their safety.
In Arkansas, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor (someone 14 or younger), even if the sex is consensual.
Those who break the law have committed statutory rape.
(2) The actor may be guilty, however, of the lesser offense defined by the age that he or she reasonably believed the child to be.