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Types of Misdemeanors

What exactly is a Misdemeanor? For many of us the line between a misdemeanor and a felony, or even different classes of misdemeanors is blurry. We’ve taken the time to out line the differences between the different classes of misdemeanors and the most common punishments for each one.

A misdemeanor offense can include but isn’t limited to:

  • Simple Assault and Assault on a Female
  • Assault on a Government Official
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Child Abuse
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Violation of a 50-B (Domestic Violence Protective Order)
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Shoplifting/Concealment of Goods
  • Misdemeanor Larceny
  • Possession of Stolen Goods
  • Trespassing (First Degree and Second Degree)
  • Communicating Threats
  • Resisting a Police/Law Enforcement Officer
  • Prostitution
  • Underage Drinking

Each of these offenses falls into a different class of misdemeanor. Class A1 is the most serious offense and a person who is charged with a Class A1 misdemeanor faces a maximum penalty of 150 days in jail, as well as a fine that may be imposed at the discretion of the Court. A Class 3 misdemeanor is the least serious offense. A person who is charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor faces a maximum penalty of twenty 20 days in jail, as well as a fine that may be imposed at the discretion of the Court, although the fine may not exceed $200. To help outline the different classes of misdemeanors take a look at our Misdemeanor Fact Sheet below.

Members of the experienced team at GreeneWilson can explain your possible outcomes, investigate your offense, and help you avoid the negative consequences you may face. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact GreeneWilson Attorneys at Law by calling (252) 634-9400 or visiting www.greenewilson.com.

 

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Equitable Distribution

Determining an equitable distribution of marital assets can be the most technically difficult part of a divorce. If you are dealing with complex property division issues, it is in your best interests to seek the help of an experienced lawyer. At GreeneWilson our family law attorneys are committed to giving you effective, professional representation.

In North Carolina courts use Equitable Distribution to approach to dividing assets during a divorce, which means that assets will not always be divided 50/50. There are several factors that go in to deciding how assets will be divided including, non-marital property, if one spouse has significantly more than another spouse, earning power of both spouses, and who acquired or maintained the asset, particularly in terms of a family business. Other things that are taken into consideration are services as a homemaker, including how that may affect future earning capacity, duration of the marriage as well as any and all premarital agreements.

Our Attorneys at GreeneWilson are dedicated to helping you through even the most difficult of equitable distributions cases. Call us or schedule a consultation today to get started.

To learn how North Carolina law may apply to your unique circumstances or to schedule a consultation, please contact GreeneWilson Attorneys at Law by calling (252) 634-9400 or visiting www.greenewilson.com.

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Travel Laws and Reminders

Synonymous with summer time is traveling, whether it’s for vacation or to visit family the warmer weather always leads to more people on the road. This makes it the perfect time to review travel laws and other reminders for instate, interstate or international travel.

Instate

For our North Carolina natives it’s sometimes easy to forget the rules of the road we use almost everyday. Before you click your seatbelt be sure to set your phone to silent or connect to blue tooth, because texting and driving isn’t just against the law it’s also dangerous to yourself and others on the road. When driving on the highway be aware of police and emergency vehicles stopped on the shoulder with their lights flashing. Give them enough space and switch lanes if possible or slow down as you pass. It is just as courteous to the people stopped as it is following the law.

Interstate

Another tip before you hit the road is to check other states rules and regulations regarding driving. Cell phone laws and others vary from state to state, it is always in good practice to check your destination and drive through states Department of Transportation website before leaving.

Everywhere drinking and driving is illegal. Buzzed driving is drunk driving, so if you do plan to drink be sure to have a designated driver, or ride- share app such as Uber or Lyft on hand. The extra dollars spent paying for a driver is well worth it so that yourself and others aren’t put at risk.

International

Flying transcontinental is a big deal, and with flying comes even more polices to help protect you on your journey. Remembering to get Passports and Visas in order long before you depart is a key step. It can take several months for the documentation to process for getting a passport or visa, and leaving it to the last minute may delay your travel plans. If you are renting a car upon arrival check to see if an international driving permit is required. In some places holding a valid U.S license doesn’t cover the requirements needed to drive in that country. As always check the State Department website regarding any travel warnings or restrictions to your area, as well as TSA guidelines for baggage before you pack.

The best part about summer is vacation, and all of us here at GreeneWilson want you to have a happy, safe and fun one.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact GreeneWilson Attorneys at Law by calling (252) 634-9400 or visiting 

 

(Sources: News & Observer, U.S State Department, NCDOT, BACtrack, North Carolina General Assembly) 

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