Can You Legally Make Whoopie in Your Car in New Hampshire?
Get your freak on, get your get your freak on...but in the car?
That's right, I am asking the hard-hitting question here: is it illegal to make whoopie in your car in New Hampshire?
When I think of this question, two scenarios come to mind:
1. A married couple who just had a romantic date is in the mood to spice things up, and/or can't wait to, well, rip each other's clothing off (quick, park the car before we lose interest and fall asleep at 9:00 PM).
2. Teenagers looking to cross that line to adulthood, knowing full well they're not crossing that line under their parent's roof.
So, what's the answer?
Well, it's kind of grey, yet also black and white (how confusing, I know). It's helpful to look at Maine's law first.
In Maine, according to a Maine New Online article,
According to laid down laws, it is illegal to have sex in any public open space. However, it is important to highlight that it is not always illegal having sex in your car. According to the penal code, it is illegal to solicit anybody to take part in dissolute conduct in public view. The dissolute view simply implies touching another person’s buttocks, genitals or breasts.
So in New Hampshire, according to Justia US Law, the Public Indecency and Lewdness Law:
I. A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if such person fornicates, exposes his or her genitals, or performs any other act of gross lewdness under circumstances which he or she should know will likely cause affront or alarm.
Okay, so no. You cannot do the deed in your car in a public place in New Hampshire without running the risk of a misdemeanor, which is not worth the risk.
Well, that is in the eyes of the beholder, I suppose.
BUT, I see no laws saying you cannot get your freak on with the rattling engine in the privacy of private land, with no public view.
So, your hidden driveway? Sure. Your pal's privately-owned dirty driveway? Sure. Anywhere that is visible from public property? Hard no.