Prostitution Laws in New Hampshire

Prostitution Laws in NH

Prostitution, the worlds “oldest profession” is the act or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment. In some countries Prostitution is a regulated business, in many others prostitution is a crime. In the United States, Prostitution is illegal in 49 out of the 50 States. Unlike Nevada, there is which allows some forms of prostitution in some of its counties; prostitution is illegal in New Hampshire. In other words, you will not find the Bunny Ranch here in Nashua or, if you do, you will most likely need an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Generally, Prostitution is considered by most State’s to be a public order crime.

Typical Case Scenario

Prostitution can be divided into three broad categories, street prostitution, brothel prostitution and escort prostitution. The most common case scenario that we encounter is the so called “Escort/out-call prostitution.” A prostitute will advertise services in written or on-line material. According to resident expert Attorney Osborne, usually something along these lines: “In Nashua for the weekend; giving massages at your apartment for $50”. Fast forward: You’re 20 minutes into your massage when there is a loud knock at the door, followed by someone shouting POLICE! In a not-so-sexy tone of voice.

NH Prostitution – THE STATUTE

NH RSA 645:2 criminalizes Prostitution. In a nutshell, prostitution is a MISDEMEANOR if you solicit, agree to perform, or engage in sexual contact or sexual penetration in return for consideration (money). The prostitution statute is broad. For example, if you transport another person for the purpose of helping that person engage in prostitution you have committed a crime. If you let the other person use your home or apartment for the purposes of prostitution you are likewise guilty under the statute. Prostitution is a FELONY if it involves a person under 18 or involves compelling another person by intimidation or force. Further, a prostitution conviction involving a child will result in the requirement that you register as a sex offender.

Prostitution Penalties

A prostitution arrest is embarrassing, as the media splashes prostitution arrests on the front page of the local paper. Worse yet, a misdemeanor conviction can carry up to a year in jail while a class B felony conviction can carry 3 ½ to 7 years in the State Prison and the possibility of having to register as a sex offender. Like any criminal conviction, a conviction for prostitution has “collateral consequences”. Your job application will look stellar to an employer until they discover your prostitution conviction.

What to Do Simple

If you are facing a criminal complaint alleging that you committed the offense of Prostitution, simply call Mark or Justin. Mark and Justin will treat you with dignity and respect, working hard to ensure that you achieve the best possible result in court. Mark and Justin are dedicated to helping their clients overcome the hurdles and hardships of criminal prosecution and getting their client’s lives back on track.

Our telephone number is: 603-595-5525

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