New Hampshire Misdemeanors
Misdemeanors vary from state to state and many states have the same laws. Charges for the possession of drugs is nearly the same in every state. Felonies are normally defined as crimes that are punishable by a minimum of one year in a state prison. Fines often follow these sentences and can be as large as fifty thousand dollars for a single crime. Advanced felonies, including capital crimes, can have prison terms as much as life and on down to fifty years. Misdemeanors have shorter sentences that are served in county jail facilities. Misdemeanors are defined as crimes that are punishable by less than a year of incarceration. These terms can be between several days to twelve months, depending on the crime committed and the number of previous offenses.
The possession of drugs can be either a felony offense or a misdemeanor offense. Whether or not a crime of possession is a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the amount of and which drug is in possession. Marijuana possession of less than five grams is classified as a misdemeanor. Punishment for this crime is a fine of no more than five thousand dollars rather than jail time. Manufacturing, advertising, or aiding a person in possession of controlled drugs is also considered a misdemeanor. However the possession of five grams or more is a Class B Felony and is punishable by no more than three years in a state prison with or without a fine of no more than fifteen thousand dollars. A none specified amount of a controlled drugs is also a Class B Felony on a first offense with a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars. A second offense of this crime is changed to a Class A Felony with a fine of fifty thousand dollars.
New Hampshire Steroid Use
The usage of steroids is considered a misdemeanor under most circumstances. Any individual who possesses or uses anabolic steroids with the intent to use outside the purposes of treatment of a medical injury can be charged. The distribution of steroids for any purpose outside of the medical profession is considered a Class B Felony instead of a misdemeanor.
Alcohol Consumption Offenses
Offenses related to the consumption of alcohol in the state of New Hampshire varies depending on the number of previous offenses. Selling, giving away, delivering, procuring to sell, and permitting to a minor or any other personal already intoxicated is a misdemeanor offense for a single person but is a Class B Felony for a corporation. Charging for alcohol without a license, consuming or possessing an open container, and lending a driver's license to another for the purchase of alcohol can all result in misdemeanor offenses. These can also possibly be Class B Felonies in some situations
New Hampshire Expungement
Only a certain few are eligible for their records to be expunged or erased from the public eye. These individuals must have been acquitted, discharged of all convictions, had all proceedings dismissed, or have had juvenile records previously expunged to be eligible for expungement petitioning. See also:
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