Experienced Lawyers in New Bern, NC
Being accused of a criminal charge in North Carolina can be a very stressful situation. During such a serious time, you need an experienced North Carolina misdemeanor lawyer or felony lawyer who will provide you with competent representation and realistic, honest advice about your criminal case. Whether you’re charged with a misdemeanor or felony, we provide representation for criminal law defense in many areas, including:
(including but not limited to the following)
- 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
- Underage Drinking
North Carolina misdemeanor categories
In North Carolina, there are four categories of misdemeanors: A1, 1, 2, and 3. With each category, there are different punishments.
- Class A1 misdemeanors –This is the most serious misdemeanor. 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.
- Class 1 misdemeanors – A person who is charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor faces a maximum penalty of 120 days in jail, as well as a fine that may be imposed at the discretion of the Court.
- Class 2 misdemeanors– A person who is charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor faces a maximum penalty of sixty 60 days in jail, as well as a fine that may be imposed at the discretion of the Court, although the fine may not exceed $1,000.
- Class 3 misdemeanors – 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.
A felony is a very serious criminal charge in North Carolina. Some of these felonies include, but are not limited, to the following North Carolina felony criminal charges:
- Possession of Cocaine
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of Heroin
- Possession with the Intent to Sell/Deliver Marijuana (PWISD Marijuana)
- Possession with the Intent to Sell/Deliver Cocaine (PWISD Cocaine)
- Sell/Deliver a Controlled Substance
- Trafficking Marijuana, Cocaine, or Heroin
- Felony Larceny
- Felony Possession of Stolen Goods
- Obtaining Property by False Pretenses
- Possession of a Firearm by a Felon
- Felony Assault
Potential consequences of a North Carolina felony
There is no such thing as a “typical” sentence for North Carolina felonies. Each case depends on the seriousness of the charge and the criminal record of the accused. Sentences vary from fines and unsupervised probation, to years of prison time. Felony charges are categorized in classes, with a Class A Felony as the most serious, down to a Class J Felony, which is the least serious.
Have you been convicted of a felony before?
There are strict laws that punish repeat offenders, so it is important that you know what punishment you could be facing in your particular criminal case. In North Carolina, a habitual felon law (“three strikes”) increases the punishment for someone’s fourth (or more) felony conviction. North Carolina also has a less-common violent habitual felon law, which imposes a life sentence for a second violent felony.
Generally, the consequences for a felony versus a misdemeanor are harsher, resulting in the loss of certain citizenship rights – including the right to vote and the right to hold public office. These rights can be restored once a prison sentence ends or probation is successfully completed. In addition, a person who is a convicted felon may never possess a firearm, or ammunition for a firearm, ever again. If the person does, they will be liable for up to 10 years in federal prison for possessing something as simple as a shotgun shell.
At GreeneWilson, our criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to the protection of our clients’ constitutional freedoms and respect for their individual circumstances.
We’re here to guide you through the complicated, frightening, and often frustrating process known as the criminal justice system. We provide criminal law services at all levels in eastern North Carolina, including misdemeanor and felony trial defense, and post-conviction appellate work in both state and federal court.