Facing Misdemeanor Charges In North Carolina
Unlike felony charges, misdemeanors are crimes that carry less than a year in jail. North Carolina recognizes four classes of misdemeanors: Class A1, 1, 2 and 3. Class A1 misdemeanors (such as an assault on a female or misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle) are the most serious. Class 3 misdemeanors (such as second-degree trespass or urinating in public) are the least serious.
Being charged with a misdemeanor should be taken seriously. Most misdemeanors carry punishments that range from 1-150 days in jail. A conviction for a misdemeanor can also have dramatic effects on your ability to get a job and/or remain employed. In many cases, misdemeanor charges can be resolved without a criminal conviction. There are deferral programs available to first-time offenders, as well as opportunities for parties to mediate their disputes.
How Misdemeanors Are Handled In North Carolina
Misdemeanors almost always originate in the District Court, which is also where most will get resolved as well. It’s very important to obtain a qualified attorney before appearing in the District Court. That’s because the process can be confusing. If you don’t understand the legal terminology used, you may be signing yourself up for a conviction. A lawyer can protect your rights and ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
How We Can Help You – Coalter Law, PLLC
At Coalter Law, PLLC, initial consultations concerning misdemeanor charges are always free. We will advise you about the best way to handle your case and what opportunities you may have that can help you avoid a conviction.
If no other resolution can be reached, we will gladly take your case to trial and let a judge decide the merits. If you are found guilty at the District Court level, you will have the opportunity to appeal your case to the Superior Court and let a jury decide on the facts.
Through every step of the way, we will be beside you to protect your rights and fight for the best result possible in your important matter.
Consult With A Trained Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have questions about how to handle a misdemeanor charge or other criminal defense questions, Coalter Law, PLLC, is ready with answers. We can even explain how to handle issues concerning bad checks and can help immigrants who are facing criminal charges.