Sexual assault is generally defined as sexual touching or contact made by force, threat of force, or violence that is done without consent of the victim. 

How is Sexual Assault Defined in New Hampshire?

In New Hampshire, it is defined as a sexual act directed at another individual that is against the individual’s will or the individual is unable to give consent. A sexual assault crime in the state includes the act being done for the purpose of gratification or sexual arousal of the offender or victim’s humiliation.

Rape in New Hampshire can refer to an aggravated felonious sexual assault or sexual assault. An aggravated felonious sexual assault charge depends on circumstances of the case including: 

  • Physical force
  • Victim’s helplessness
  • False imprisonment
  • Use of coercion
  • Extortion
  • Surprise attack
  • Authority over the victim
  • Incest
  • Victim’s disability
  • Victim’s age

Felonious sexual assault is a Class B felony. It generally includes a criminal sentence ranging from three and half years to seven years in prison. Aggravated sexual assault carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. 

Can Sexual Assault Be a Misdemeanor Charge?

Yes. A misdemeanor sexual assault charge is any unwanted touching. 

Can I Lose My Hunting or Fishing License if I Am Convicted of Sexual Assault?

Yes, if the sexual assault happened during an outdoor sporting activity like fishing or hunting. New Hampshire law allows the offender’s hunting or fishing license to be suspended for five years to life. 

Do I Need to Talk to a Criminal Lawyer about My Sexual Assault Case?

Yes, talk to a New Hampshire criminal lawyer about your sexual assault charge. Your lawyer will work to get your case reduced or dismissed.