Felony and Misdemeanor Laws NH

The Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor?

In New Hampshire, a felony is a charge that can result in you going to prison for more one year. A misdemeanor is typically a charge that can put you in jail for no more than one year.

New Hampshire divides its felonies into two categories, “A” felonies and “B” felonies. “A” felonies are among the most serious crimes with which one can be charged in New Hampshire. A felonies usually carry a maximum sentence of up to 7 ½ – 15 years in prison and up to a $4,000 fine. These felonies include high valued thefts, severely injurious assaults, burglaries committed at night, etc. Some “A” felonies such as aggravated felonious sexual assaults carry up to 10 -20 years in prison.

“B” felonies on the other hand carry a maximum punishment of 3 ½ – 7 years in prison.

New Hampshire also divides its misdemeanors into classes of “A” and “B”. An “A” misdemeanor carries a potential punishment of up to 12 months in jail and up to a $2,000 fine. Crimes such as theft, shoplifting, marijuana possession, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and simple assault.

“B” misdemeanors, however, do not carry any jail time. The maximum punishment for a “B” misdemeanor in New Hampshire is up to a $1,200 fine. These cases are not usually crimes of the century, but they can have a negative impact on your career and personal life if convicted.

If you are charged with a crime and you are not sure what type it is, please feel free to call or e-mail us. We will be happy to clear up any confusion that you may have about the level of crime with which you have been charged.

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