New Hampshire Age of Consent Laws 2024
What is the New Hampshire Age of Consent?
The New Hampshire Age of Consent is 16 years old. In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 15 or younger in New Hampshire are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape.
New Hampshire statutory rape law is violated when a person has consensual sexual intercourse with an individual under age 16. A close in age exemption exists for partners who are less than 3 years apart, and only when the younger party is older than 13 but younger than 16. If the older partner is acting in ""Loco Parentis"" to the younger party (For example, a teacher), then the age of consent is raised to 18.
New Hampshire has a close-in-age exemption. A close in age exemption, also known as "Romeo and Juliet law", is designed to prevent the prosecution of underage couples who engage in consensual sex when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both are below the age of consent.
Depending on the situation, the New Hampshire close-in-age exemption may completely exempt qualifying close-in-age couples from the age of consent law, or merely provide a legal defence that can be used in the event of prosecution.
Punishments for Violating the Age Of Consent in New Hampshire
New Hampshire has one statutory sexual abuse charges on the books which are used to prosecute age of consent and child abuse related crimes within the state. One or more of these charges may be used to prosecute violations of the New Hampshire Age of Consent, as statutory rape or the New Hampshire equivalent of that charge.
The severity of the criminal charge (felony, misdemeanor, etc) depends on the specifics of the acts committed and the relative ages of the perpetrator and victim. Click any charge for more detailed information.
|Class B felony
|A maximum of 7 years in prison