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Misdemeanor punishment


The potential punishments related to misdemeanor convictions vary greatly and depend upon numerous factors, including the type and severity of the crime involved, the role of the person charged, the circumstances surrounding the arrest, the previous record of the person charged, and the number of charges the person is currently facing.  Misdemeanors in North Carolina range from class A1 to class 3, with class A1 being the most serious.    


In NC, a class A1 misdemeanor, which include offenses such as serious assaults, child abuse, sexual battery, and DVPO violations, may be punished by up to 150 days in jail for those with extensive prior records. A judge has much discretion in sentencing options, and may impose shorter jail sentences, suspended sentences, fines, probation, and/or community service depending on the prior record of the offender and the circumstances surrounding the offense.  


Class 3 misdemeanors, which include offenses such as open container, shop lifting, violations of city/county ordinances, 2nd degree trespass, and possession of marijuana < 1/2 ounce, may be punished by a maximum of 20 days in jail, but are more often punished with suspended sentences, probation, fines, and/or community service.  


Prior to going to court and potentially taking any sort of plea deal or guilty plea, it is very important that you understand fully what you have been charged with, what class your charge(s) is, and the consequences associated with each charge and all charges collectively.  It is also important to be aware of the potential tryable issues present in your case, and the plea deals, deferred prosecution, and diversionary programs that may be available to you.


Besides the potential criminal punishments, there may be additional consequences for those convicted or pleading guilty to crimes in NC, regardless of how serious the crime may be.  Both charges and convictions will continue to show up on your record permanently, which can have negative impacts on you in many ways in the future, including affecting future educational pursuits, job hunting, housing searches, and professional licensing.  To learn about potentially minimizing these consequences, visit our expungement page or call us to discuss your particular situation and whether you qualify to have your record expunged.  

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Our attorneys are experienced with many misdemeanor matters in Charlotte Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.  To speak to one of our criminal defense lawyers regarding your matter, contact us today at 704-412-1442.  

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Our Mecklenburg criminal defense lawyers analyze numerous aspects of every case we take on, including: the steps taken by officers prior to arrest, probable cause, the search, validity of warrants, and all other circumstances leading up to, during, and following the actual arrest.  North Carolina laws are very specific as to the steps and requirements officers must follow prior to a search, seizure, and/or arrest.  Many cases therefore hinge on whether proper protocol was followed by police officers in making an arrest rather than on the actual guilt of the accused. We are here to make sure your rights were not violated and to zealously defend your interests.  Our attorneys will work with you to develop a strategy to aggressively defend you each step of the way through the legal process.


Our Charlotte Mecklenburg criminal defense attorneys are also well versed in the diversionary programs, deferred prosecution, and potential plea deals that may help minimize punishments and/or you keep items off your permanent record. We are prepared to represent your interests zealously and will press forward aggressively with trial when appropriate.  If your case has tryable issues, it is important to have competent legal representation.  

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Our attorneys are experienced with a wide range of misdemeanor offenses and are here to help with all steps involved in the process of resolving your issue, including: analyzing the details of your case to determine if there are tryable issues, walking you through your options, negotiating a plea deal deal with a district attorney on your behalf, and/or pressing forward and representing your interests zealously at trial.  

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Charlotte Mecklenburg county, Misdemeanor offenses


While misdemeanor charges tend to have lesser consequences than felonies, these charges are still very serious and have punishments ranging from active jail sentences and fines, to probation, community service, and negative social stigmas. A misdemeanor conviction or guilty plea will also show on your record moving forward, and can have a major impact on schooling, job searches, and future criminal proceedings.  When charged with a misdemeanor offense in Mecklenburg county, it is important to understand all potential legal ramifications you may face.


Our attorneys have successfully represented clients in many cases involving misdemeanor charges, including:  drug and paraphernalia cases, alcohol related offenses, DUI / DWI, violent offenses, simple assault, assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, DVPO violations, communicating threats, sexual crimes, sexual battery, indecent liberties, public masturbation, prostitution, child abuse and neglect, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, hit and run, non-violent offenses, trespass, breaking and entering, injury to property, unlawful concealment, larceny, aiding and abetting, shooting a firearm in city limits, disorderly conduct, resisting a public officer, driving while license revoked, reckless driving, littering charges, many other misdemeanors and numerous city code violations.