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Lowering A Felony To A Misdemeanor In North Carolina

Felony charges on an individual’s record can be incredibly devastating, affecting everything from employment to access to affordable housing. It’s because of this, as well as the social stigma of being considered a felon, that many people wonder if it’s possible to get a felony reduced to a misdemeanor charge. At Coalter Law, PLLC​, we not only know that it’s possible, but we also know the process well.

At Coalter Law, PLLC, attorney Scott Coalter has handled hundreds of criminal cases over his career, helping clients in Greensboro and across the Triad tackle all levels of criminal charges. We know, though, how important it is to get a felony reduced to a misdemeanor, which is why we work diligently to protect our clients’ rights and futures throughout the criminal process.

Felony To Misdemeanor FAQs

How does a felony case begin?

Felony cases in North Carolina typically start out in the District Court, though more serious crimes may be sent directly to Superior Court. The reason most felony cases begin in District Court is because it gives investigators, as well as a defendant’s attorney, time to review the charges and evidence in the case. Once everything has been thoroughly reviewed, the decision is made about whether the charge should be lowered to a lesser charge, dropped entirely or if the case should move on to trial or Superior Court.

What felony charges can be dropped to a misdemeanor?

Any felony charge in North Carolina could potentially be dropped to a misdemeanor. This, of course, depends on the circumstances of your case such as the evidence against you and how clean your criminal history is.

Is getting legal counsel absolutely necessary?

If you want to ensure the protection of your rights, obtaining legal counsel is a good idea. Doing so should be done as soon as possible, though, because the sooner you obtain a lawyer, the more time they have to review your case and build a strong defense. An attorney also has a better chance of resolving your criminal case in District Court, which can save you time and money in the long run.

Contact Our Law Firm Today

Still, have questions? Contact Coalter Law, PLLC, today and talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney. Call our Greensboro office at 336-646-7977 and schedule your free initial consultation. You may also reach us using our online contact form. Se Habla español.