New Hampshire is a New England state with a rich national history. The
area broke off from Great Britain in 1776 and became the first
post-colonial sovereign nation of the Americas. New Hampshire was also
one of the original thirteen states that founded the United States.
They were the ninth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788. New
Hampshire is the birthplace of one U.S. President, Franklin Pierce.
New Hampshire has the shortest coastline in the U.S., approximately
eighteen miles long. It is also one of the smallest states in the
country, both by area and population. New Hampshire is currently
divided into ten counties, with Hillsborough and Rockingham being the
most populous. The state has no sales or individual income taxes levied
at either the state or local level.
New Hampshire is well known for being the first state to hold primaries
in U.S. presidential elections. State law requires that the Secretary
of State schedule this election at least one week before any "similar
event." Results of New Hampshire primaries have historically been
influential in shaping the outcome of the overall election.
Crime and Punishment
If the absence of sales and income tax doesn't make the state
attractive enough, New Hampshire also has the lowest crime rate in the
United States. It makes sense that the state would also have a low
incarceration rate, which they do, with only 206 per 100,000 residents
incarcerated. This is compared to the United States rate of 502. The
motto "Live Free or Die" is printed on New Hampshire license plates,
which seems fitting in light of these numbers.
Expungement of Criminal Records
If you are convicted of a crime in New Hampshire, the opportunity to
expunge your record is very limited. Felony and misdemeanor offenses in
general cannot be expunged from any record, nor can traffic offenses.
The only exceptions are in the case of prowling and loitering.
If the offender was not given the opportunity to explain their reasons
for loitering or prowling, the record becomes eligible for expungement.
Annulment of Criminal Records
Criminal records in New Hampshire may be eligible for annulment if the
sentence has been served and all the requirements of the court have
been satisfied. Receiving an annulment means that the record cannot be
accessed by law enforcement for general purposes or in civil matters.
The individual with an annulment can legally report that the crime
never happened. If there is a subsequent offense, however, the annulled
record will reappear and is treated as a prior. To receive an annulment
it is necessary to file a petition making a request to the court.
New Hampshire gun laws are pretty laid back as long as you are not an
ex-convict. State law does not require citizens to obtain a license in
order to be in possession of rifles, shotguns and handguns. If you have
been convicted of a felony in the past, however, you are prohibited
from obtaining, owning or using any type of firearm in the state.