In North Carolina, felonies are broken down into ten different categorizations, itemized with letters A-I, with A being the most serious felony and I being the least. B felonies are further broken down with numeral specifications. Felonies are defined as a crime violent in nature against a person/property/business, serious drug offenses, and serious property crime. Penalties for felony convictions can range from three months to a year spent in a state penitentiary to death sentences.
A misdemeanor offense in North Carolina is defined as a relatively lesser crime which is punishable by country jail time of up to one year and or a fine. Common Misdemeanor charges include various traffic violations, simple assault, petty larceny, disturbing the peace, and other public nuisances.
While the potential outcomes of these two categories of crime vary widely, a criminal record of any kind can damage your future irreparably. From social stigma to employment disadvantages, the costs of criminal conviction can be infinitely greater than court costs and community service.
When you are unsure how charges will affect you, the criminal justice process can be confusing and overwhelming, adding stress to an already challenging ordeal. Nathan Earwood is a criminal defense attorney. He represents people in Western North Carolina charged with all levels of felonies and misdemeanors. Nathan is a skilled negotiator and trial lawyer who aggressively defends the rights of his clients. At Earwood, Moore, Carpenter & Guy, we offer free & confidential consultations to individuals accused of crimes. Call us today to schedule your case evaluation.