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Criminal Jury Instructions

The Drafting Committee of the Bar's Task Force on Criminal Jury Instructions has released over 260 pages of draft instructions. The task force continues to meet regularly to review new legislation and case law that may then require new instructions or modifications to existing instructions. The task force endeavors to ensure that these draft instructions are balanced, comprehensible, and accurate statements of law. However, they are a work-in-progress and do not carry the imprimatur of the NH Bar Association. They are intended to serve as model instructions applicable in the spectrum of criminal cases that may arise under New Hampshire law.

Written comments on the Criminal Jury Instructions to-date can be directed to Denice DeStefano at the NH Bar Association, 2 Pillsbury St, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301 or electronically to ddestefano@nhbar.org

Reference Material: 1985 Criminal Jury Instructions
The 1985 version of the Criminal Jury Instructions is provided as reference material. Please view the current version (below) for the most up-to-date guidelines as prepared by the Bar Task Force on Criminal Jury Instructions.

Criminal Jury Instructions--entire document (1.34 Mb, 279 pg PDF)
Letter of Introduction
 
I. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
Cameras in the Courtroom10
Causation11
Conduct of the Jury (Preliminary Instruction) 12
Conduct of the Jury (Court Recess) 13
Confessions or Admissions14
Corroboration of Confession15
Credibility of Witnesses16
Credibility of Witnesses - Informant's Testimony 17
Credibility of Witnesses - Accomplice Testimony 18
Credibility of Witnesses - Testimony of Immunized Witness 19
Credibility of Witnesses - Testimony of a Child 20
Deadlocked Jury21
Definition of a Crime22
Direct and Circumstantial Evidence23
Duty to Deliberate24
Evidence in the Case25
Expert Testimony26
Function of the Court and Jury28
Identification29
Indictment Not Evidence31
Judicial Notice32
Jury Recollection Controls33
Lesser Included Offenses (Standard Instruction) 34
Lesser Included Offenses (Special Instruction) 35
Mental States - Purposely 36
Mental States - Knowingly 37
Mental States - Recklessly 38
Mental States - Negligently 39
Mental States - Proof of Mental State 40
Number of Witnesses41
Outline of Trial42
Possession43
Possible Punishment Not Relevant44
Stipulations45
II. CRIMES
Indirect Criminal Contempt46
Pistols and Revolvers47
 RSA 159:3Felon in Possession47
Protection from Domestic Violence48
 RSA 173-B:9, III
RSA 173-B:9, IV
Violation of Protective Order
Crime of Abuse (Enhanced)
48
49
Alcoholic Beverages51
 RSA 179:5Prohibited Sales51
Drivers Licenses52
 RSA 263:64Operating After Revocation or Suspension52
Disobeying an Officer53
 RSA 265:4, I (a)
RSA 265:4, I (b)
RSA 265:4, I (c)
RSA 265:4, I (d)
RSA 265:4, I (e)
RSA 265:4, I (f)
Refusal on Request of Officer to Give Information
Giving False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer
Purposely Neglect to Stop (or Willful Attempt to Elude Pursuit)
Refusal to Sign Name
Refusal to Provide License or Registration
Refusal to Produce License, Registration or Number Plate After Suspension or Revocation
53
54
55
56
57
58
Rules of the Road59
 RSA 265:82-a
RSA 265:82-a, I & II
RSA 265:82-a, III
RSA 265:82, I (a)
RSA 265:82, I (b)
RSA 265:93-b, I
RSA 265:93-b, II
RSA 265:93-b, III

RSA 265:93-b, IV
Aggravated Driving While Under the Influence - Serious Bodily Injury
Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated - [Catchall]
Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated - [0.16 BAC]
Driving Under Influence of Intoxicating Liquor
Driving With Excess Alcohol Concentration
Driving a Motor Vehicle Not Equipped With an Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device
Tampering With the Operation of an Ignition Interlock Device
Starting a Motor Vehicle Equipped With an Ignition Interlock Device to Provide for a Person Who is Restricted to Drive on a Vehicle so Equipped
Providing a Motor Vehicle Not Equipped With a Functional Ignition Device to Another Person Sentenced to Drive Only Such a Vehicle
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
 
67
Controlled Drug Act68
 RSA 318-B:2, I

RSA 318-B:2, I

RSA 318-B:2, I

RSA 318-B:2, I

RSA 318-B:2, I


RSA 318-B:2, XII
[Possess], [Have Under His/Her Control], [A Controlled Drug], [A Controlled Drug Analog], Or [A Preparation Containing A Controlled Drug]
Manufacture [A Controlled Drug], [A Controlled Drug Analog], Or [A Preparation Containing A Controlled Drug]
[Purchase], [Prescribe], [Administer] [Transport] [A Controlled Drug], [A Controlled Drug Analog], Or [A Preparation Containing A Controlled Drug]
Sale of [A Controlled Drug][A Controlled Drug Analog][Any Preparation Containing a Controlled Drug]
[Possession] [Transportation] Of A [Controlled Drug][Controlled Drug Analog] [A Preparation Containing a Controlled Drug] With Intent To [Sell] [Dispense] [Compound]
Drug Enterprise Leader
68
 
69
 
70
 
71
 
72

 
74
Inchoate Crimes76
 RSA 629:1
RSA 629:2
RSA 629:3
Attempt
Criminal Solicitation
Conspiracy
76
77
78
Homicide80
 RSA 630:1,I (a)
RSA 630:1, I (b) (e) (f)
RSA 630:1,I (d)
RSA 630:1-a, I (a)
RSA 630:1-a, I (b) (1)
RSA 630:1-a, I (b) (2)
RSA 630:1-a, I (b) (3)
RSA 630:1-a, I (b) (4)
RSA 630:1-b, 1 (a)
RSA 630:1-b, I (b)
RSA 630:2, I (a)
RSA 630:2, I (b)
RSA 630:3
RSA 630:3
RSA 630:4
Capital Murder
Capital Murder
Capital Murder
First Degree Murder
First Degree Murder
First Degree Murder
First Degree Murder
First Degree Murder
Second Degree Murder (Knowingly)
Second Degree Murder (Recklessly W/Extreme Indifference)
Manslaughter (Provocation)
Manslaughter (Reckless)
Negligent Homicide (General)
Negligent Homicide (DWI)
Causing or Aiding Suicide
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
90
91
92
93
94
Assault and Related Offenses95
  RSA 631:1, (I) (a)
RSA 631:1, (I) (b)
RSA 631:1, (I) (c)
RSA 631:1, (I) (d)
RSA 631:2 (I) (a)
RSA 631:2 (I) (b)
RSA 631:2 (I) (c)
RSA 631:2 (I) (d)
RSA 631:2 (I) (e)
RSA 631:3
RSA 631:4, I (a)
RSA 631:4, I (b)
RSA 631:4, I (c)
RSA 631:4, I (d)
RSA 631:4, I (e)
RSA 631:4, I (f)
First Degree Assault
First Degree Assault
First Degree Assault
First Degree Assault
Second Degree Assault
Second Degree Assault
Second Degree Assault
Second Degree Assault
Second Degree Assault
Reckless Conduct
Criminal Threatening (Placing or attempting to place another in fear)
Criminal Threatening (Placing an object or graffiti on the property of another)
Criminal Threatening (Crime against property)
Criminal Threatening (Crime against another)
Criminal Threatening (Crime of violence)
Criminal Threatening (Crime of violence)
95
96
97
98
99
100
101
102
103
104
105
106
107
108
109
110
Sexual Assault and Related Offenses111
 RSA 632-A:2, I (a)
RSA 632-A:2, I (b)
RSA 632-A:2, I (c)
RSA 632-A:2, I (d)
RSA 632-A:2, I (e)

RSA 632-A:2, I (f)
RSA 632-A:2, I (g)
RSA 632-A:2, I (h)
RSA 632-A:2, I (i)
RSA 632-A:2, I (j)
RSA 632-A:2, I (k)
RSA 632-A:2, I (l)
RSA 632-A:2, I (m)
RSA 632-A:2, I (n)
RSA 632-A:2, II
RSA 632-A:6, I
RSA 632-A:6, III
RSA 632-A:10, I
RSA 632-A:10, II or III
AFSA Overcoming by Physical Force
AFSA Victim Physically Helpless to Resist
AFSA Coercion by Threats of Force
AFSA Coercion by Threats of Retaliation
AFSA Victim Submits Under Circumstances Involving False Imprisonment, Kidnapping or Extortion 
AFSA Administering an Intoxicating Substance
AFSA Therapeutic or Treating Relationship
AFSA Mental Defect
AFSA Through Concealment or the Element of Surprise
AFSA Same Household/Blood or Affinity
AFSA Use of Authority to Coerce
AFSA Victim Under 13 Years of Age
AFSA Non-Consent Indicated by Speech or Conduct
AFSA Position of Authority Incarceration or Probation
AFSA Without Penetration; Person Under Age 13
Corroboration
Consent
Prohibition from Child Care Service of Persons Convicted of Certain Offenses
Prohibition from Child Care Service of Persons Convicted of Certain Offenses
111
112
113
114
115
 
116
117
118
119
120
121
122
123
124
125
126
127
128
129
Interference With Freedom130
 RSA 633:1, I
RSA 633:1, I-a
RSA 633:2
RSA 633:3
RSA 633:3-a, I (a)
RSA 633:3-a, I (b)
RSA 633:3-a, I (c)
RSA 633:4, I
RSA 633:4, II
Kidnapping (General Instruction)
Kidnapping (Child Under 18 Years of Age)
Criminal Restraint
False Imprisonment
Stalking Course of Conduct; Reasonable Person
Stalking Intent to Cause Fear
Stalking Single Act; Protective Order
Interference With Custody (Felony)
Interference With Custody (Misdemeanor)
130
131
132
133
134
136
138
139
140
Destruction of Property141
 RSA 634:1, I
RSA 634:1, II (a)
RSA 634:1, III
RSA 634:III (a)
RSA 634:1, III (b)
RSA 634:1, III (d)
RSA 634:2
RSA 634:2
Arson (Misdemeanor)
Arson in Occupied Structure
Arson on Historic Structure
Arson for Insurance
Arson – Danger of Death or Serious Bodily Injury
Arson – Damage over $1,000
Criminal Mischief Class B Felony
Criminal Mischief Misdemeanor
141
142
143
144
145
146
147
149
Unauthorized Entries150
 RSA 635:1Burglary (Class A Felony; Nighttime Entry of a Dwelling)150
Theft151
RSA 637:3
RSA 637:5
RSA 637:5
Theft by Unauthorized Taking or Transfer
Theft by Extortion (Class B Felony Regardless of Value of Property)
Theft by Extortion (Level of Offense Depends on Value of Property)
151
152
153
Fraud154
RSA 638:1, I (a)
RSA 638:1, I (b)
RSA 638:1, I (b)
RSA 638:1, I (b)
RSA 638:2
RSA 638:3
RSA 638:4
RSA 638:4
RSA 638:5
RSA 638:11
RSA 638:11
Forgery - Altering a Writing or Uttering an Altered Writing
Forgery - Unaltered Writing Purporting to be the Act of Another
Forgery - Unaltered Writing, Fraudulent Execution
Forgery - Fraudulent Copy
Fraudulent Handling of Recordable Writings
Tampering With Public or Private Records
Issuing Bad Checks (Single Check)
Issuing Bad Checks (Course of Conduct)
Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card
Misapplication of Property (by a Fiduciary)
Misapplication of Property (of the Government or a Financial Institution)
154
155
156
157
158
159
160
161
162
163
164
Offenses Against the Family165
RSA 639:1
RSA 639:2
RSA 639:3, I
RSA 639:3, I
RSA 639:3, II
RSA 639:3, III
RSA 639:3, III
RSA 639:4
RSA 639:5
Bigamy
Incest
Endangering the Welfare of Child or Incompetent (Violation of Duty of Care)
Endangering the Welfare of Child or Incompetent (Inducement)
Endangering the Welfare of Child (Tattooing)
Endangering the Welfare of Child (Solicitation of Sexual Activity)
Endangering the Welfare of Child (Solicitation of Sexual Penetration)
Non-Support
Concealing Death of a Newborn
165
166
167
168
169
170
171
172
173
Corrupt Practices174
RSA 640:2, I (a)
RSA 640:2, I (b)
RSA 640:2, I (b)
RSA 640:3, I (a)
RSA 640:3, I (b)
RSA 640:3, I (c)
RSA 640:3, I (c)
RSA 640:4, I
RSA 640:4, II
RSA 640:5, I
RSA 640:5, II
RSA 640:6, I
RSA 640:7, I
RSA 640:7, II
Bribery [Offering Of]
Bribery [Failure to Report]
Bribery [Soliciting, Accepting]
Improper Influence [Threats]
Improper Influence [Private Communication]
Improper Influence [Failure to Report Private Communications] 
Improper Influence [Failure to Report Threats]
Compensation for Past Acts [Soliciting, Accepting]
Compensation for Past Acts [Paying, Offering]
Gifts to Public Servants [Soliciting, Accepting]
Gifts to Public Servants [Paying, Offering]
Compensation for Services [Soliciting, Accepting] 
Purchase of Public Office [Soliciting, Accepting]
Purchase of Public Office [Offering]
174
175
176
177
178
179
180
181
182
183
184
185
186
187
Falsification in Official Matters188
RSA 641:1, I (a)
RSA 641:1, I (b)
RSA 641:2, I
RSA 641:2, II
RSA 641:3, I
RSA 641:3, II (a)
RSA 641:3, II (b)
RSA 641:3, II (c)
RSA 641:4, I
RSA 641:4, II
RSA 641:5, I
RSA 641:5, II
RSA 641:5, III
RSA 641:6, I
RSA 641:6, II
RSA 641:7, I
RSA 641:7, II
RSA 641:7, III
RSA 641:8
Perjury (False Statement)
Perjury (Inconsistent Statements)
False Swearing (False Statement)
False Swearing (Inconsistent Statements)
Unsworn Falsification
Unsworn Falsification
Unsworn Falsification
Unsworn Falsification
False Reports to Law Enforcement
False Reports to Law Enforcement
Tampering With Witnesses and Informants
Tampering With Witnesses and Informants (Retaliation)
Tampering With Witnesses and Informants (Solicitation) 
Falsifying Physical Evidence
Falsifying Physical Evidence
Tampering With Public Records
Tampering With Public Records
Tampering With Public Records
False Filing With the Director of Charitable Trusts
188
189
190
191
192
193
194
195
196
197
198
199
200
201
201
202
203
204
205
206
Obstructing Governmental Operations207
RSA 642:1
RSA 642:2
RSA 642:3, I (a)-(e)
RSA 642:3, I (f)
RSA 642:4
RSA 642:5
RSA 642:6
RSA 642:7
RSA 642:8
RSA 642:9, I
RSA 642:9, II
RSA 642:10
Obstructing Governmental Operations
Resisting Arrest or Detention
Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution
Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution (Wiretap)
Aiding Criminal Actvity
Compounding
Escape 
Providing Implements For Escape Or Contraband
Bail Jumping 
Assault By Prisoner
Aggravated Assault By A Prisoner
Obstructing Report Of Crime Or Injury
207
208
209
210
211
212
213
214
215
216
217
218
Abuse of Office219
RSA 643:1
RSA 643:2
Official Oppression
Misuse of Information
219
220
Breaches of the Peace and Other Offenses221
RSA 644:1, I (a)
RSA 644:1, I (b)
RSA 644:1, I (c)
 
RSA 644:1, III
RSA 644:2, I
RSA 644:2, II (a)
RSA 644:2, II (b)
RSA 644:2, II (c)
RSA 644:2, II (d)
 
RSA 644:2, II (e)
RSA 644:3
RSA 644:3-a
RSA 644:3-b
RSA 644:3-c
RSA 644:4, I (a)
RSA 644:4, I (b)

RSA 644:4, I (c)
RSA 644:4, I (d)

RSA 644:4, I (e)
RSA 644:4, I (f)
RSA 644:7
RSA 644:8-a, I
RSA 644:8-a, I
RSA 644:8-a, II
RSA 644:8-a, II

RSA 644:8-aa
RSA 644:8, III (a)
RSA 644:8, III (b)
RSA 644:8, III (c)
RSA 644:8, III (d)
RSA 644:8, III (e)
RSA 644:8, III (f)
RSA 644:8, III-a
RSA 644:17, I
RSA 644:17, II
Engaging in a Riot
Assembling for the Purpose of Engaging in a Riot
Riot [Assembling for Purpose of Committing an Offense Against a Supposed Violator of the Law]
Riot [Refusal to Render Assistance to Law Enforcement]
Disorderly Conduct [Creating Hazardous Condition]
Disorderly Conduct [Fighting or Violent, Tumultuous or Threatening Behavior]
Disorderly Conduct (Obscene, Derisive or Offensive Words)
Disorderly Conduct (Obstructing Traffic)
Disorderly Conduct [Interfering With a Criminal Investigation, Fire Fighting or Emergency Services]
Disorderly Conduct (Refusal to Comply With a Lawful Order)
False Public Alarms
False Fire Alarms 
False Fire Alarms Resulting in Injury or Death
Unlawful Interference With Fire Alarm Apparatus
Harassment (Telephone Calls)
Harassment (Repeated Communications at Inconvenient Hours or Using Obscene Language)
Harassment (Insulting, Taunting or Challenging)
Harassment (Communicating Any Matter Tending to Incite Murder, Assault or Arson)
Harassment (Communicating a Threat)
Harassment ( Communicating After Notification)
Abuse of Corpse
Exhibitions of Fighting Animals (Keeping or Training)
Exhibitions of Fighting Animals (Establishing or Promoting an Exhibition of Fighting)
Exhibitions of Fighting Animals (Presence During Preparations)
Exhibitions of Fighting Animals (Presence at, Aiding in or Contributing to the Exhibition)
Animals in Motor Vehicles
Cruelty to Animals - Deprive of Care or Shelter
Cruelty to Animals - Beat, Whip, Torture or Mutilate
Cruelty to Animals - Overwork 
Cruelty to Animals - Improper Transport
Cruelty to Animals - Abandon
Cruelty to Animals - Catchall
Cruelty to Animals - Beat, Whip, Torture or Mutilate – Purposely
Willful Concealment
Shoplifting
221
222
223
 
224
225
226
227
228
229
 
230
231
232
233
234
235
236
 
237
238
 
239
240
241
242
243
244
245
 
246
247
248
249
250
251
252
253
254
255
Public Indecency256
RSA 645:1, I (a)
RSA 645:1, I (b)
RSA 645:1, II (a)

RSA 645:1, II (b)
RSA 645:1, III (a)
RSA 645:2, I (a)
RSA 645:2, I (b)
RSA 645:2, I (c)
RSA 645:2, I (d)
RSA 645:2, I (e)
RSA 645:2, I (f)
Indecent Exposure and Lewdness (Misdemeanor) 
Indecent Exposure and Lewdness [Misdemeanor]
Indecent Exposure and Lewdness [Class B Felony]  [Child Age 12 Years Old or Under]
Indecent Exposure and Lewdness [Class B Felony]  [Subsequent Offense]
Indecent Exposure and Lewdness [Class A Felony]
Solicitation
Prostitution [Induce Another]
Prostitution [Transport]
Prostitution [Supported By]
Prostitution [Furnish Place]
Prostitution [Pay, Offer]
256
257
258
 
259
260
262
263
264
265
266
267
Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention268
RSA 649-B:3Computer Pornography 268
Obscene Matter269
RSA 650:2, I (a)
RSA 650:2, I (b)
RSA 650:2, I (c)
RSA 650:2, I (d)
RSA 650:2, I (e)
Obscenity [Sale]
Obscenity [Present or Direct Performance]
Obscenity [Publish]
Obscenity [Process With Intent to Sell]
Obscenity [Commercial Dissemination]
269
270
271
272
273
Sexual Offender Registration274
RSA 651-B:9Failure to Comply With Requirements of Sexual Offender Registration274
III. DEFENSES
Intoxication275
RSA 626:4Intoxication 275
Effect of Ignorance or Mistake276
RSA 626:3, I
RSA 626:3, II
Effect of Ignorance or Mistake
Effect of Ignorance or Mistake
276
277
Insanity278
RSA 628:2Insanity (Guilt Phase Waived)278


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