Misdemeanor Laws in New Hampshire
There are two types of criminal charges in New Hampshire—misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor charge can apply to a wide range of behaviors or actions. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, it is important to understand the potential legal consequences. Annutto Law Office can explain what constitutes a misdemeanor and what you should do if charged with one.
Misdemeanors are the most common crimes committed. Regardless of the exact nature of the charge, a misdemeanor can lead to a maximum of one year in jail. There are also fines associated with misdemeanors. The amount of the fine depends on the exact crime. A misdemeanor can also lead to a loss of a New Hampshire driver’s license.
Types of Misdemeanors
There are two classes of misdemeanors—Class A and Class B, with Class A being the most serious. Examples of Class A misdemeanors include: criminal mischief, stalking, possession of a small amount of drugs, simple assault, and resisting arrest. Examples of Class B misdemeanors include DUI charges and other non-violent crimes. Some crimes can be pursued as either a Class A or a Class B misdemeanor depending on the circumstances or value of property involved. Those crimes can include: prostitution, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. A Class A misdemeanor can lead to a year in jail and a fine of up $2,000. A Class B misdemeanor can lead to a $1,200 fine and the loss of a driver’s license.
While hard prison time will not happen if you are convicted of a misdemeanor, there are consequences that can impact your life in a number of ways. If you have a misdemeanor conviction, any further criminal convictions can be more serious. You will have a criminal record, which can impact your job and your reputation.
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in New Hampshire
Attorney Annutto can handle a wide range of misdemeanor cases and protect the rights of those accused. We can give your case the personal attention you deserve and will dedicate the necessary resources to proving your innocence or fighting to get the charges minimized or dismissed. Let us review your case or answer any questions you may have about a misdemeanor charge in New Hampshire.