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New Hampshire Criminal Laws and Penalties

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2015 | Criminal Defense

It is imperative for someone facing possible criminal charges in New Hampshire to know as much as possible about the criminal statute itself and any of the crime’s associated penalties. Questions related to what the sentence is and whether there are any legal defenses to the charge are important to know.

We’ve outlined a number of New Hampshire crimes below, along with a link to read more about the crimes.

Theft-Related Crimes

  • Theft by Unauthorized Taking. The most common charge of theft is theft by unauthorized taking. A person commits this crime if he obtains or exercises unauthorized control over the property of another with the purpose to deprive him of that property. Click to learn more.
  • Receiving Stolen Property. Receiving stolen property, the second most common charge of theft, occurs when a person is in possession of another person’s property knowing or believing that the property has probably been stolen, with the purpose to deprive him of that property. Click to learn more.
  • Willful Concealment. The third most commonly charge form of theft is willful concealment. A person commits this crime if he conceals goods or merchandise of a store while still on the premises of that store. A person also commits this crime if he removes the goods or merchandise from the store without paying for them (shoplifting), somehow changes or removes the price tag on goods or merchandise, or causes the cash register to reflect an amount less than the actual price. Click to learn more.


Someone commits a robbery if he uses or threatens to use physical force on another person while committing a theft. Robbery is an incredibly serious charge, and you need an experienced and effective criminal defense attorney. Robbery can either be a class A or B felony. It is a class B felony unless the person is armed with a deadly weapon, appears to be armed with a deadly weapon, or inflicts or attempts to inflict death or serious bodily injury on the person. Click to learn more.


A person commits the crime of burglary if he enters a building or occupied structure with the purpose to commit a crime therein, unless at the time the premises is open to the public or the person is invited inside. Click to learn more.

Drug Possession Related Crimes

A drug offense can range from a violation-level offense to a sentence of 15 to 30 to life imprisonment at the New Hampshire State Prison. Sentences for drug offenses when a person has a prior drug conviction will be much more severe. Generally speaking, a person is guilty of a drug offense if he manufactures, sells, transports or possesses with the intent to sell, or simply possesses a controlled drug, its analog, or something he purports to be a controlled drug. Click to learn more.

The attorneys at Wilson, Bush & Keefe, P.C.  are prepared to handle any criminal case. Our years of trial experience, from murder cases to motor vehicle crimes, allows us to vigorously pursue a client’s defense and employ strategies that will serve that client best. Contact us today.