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Similarly to other types of crimes, charges for non-violent crimes in North Carolina may be brought either as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on numerous factors. Punishments can also range greatly, from years in prison and major fines, to fully suspended sentences, probation, and community service.
Class A1 misdemeanor offenses, which are the most serious of misdemeanors, include crimes such as: food stamp fraud, interfering with emergency communications, and stalking. Class 1 misdemeanor offenses include crimes such as blackmail, breaking or entering, certain trespass charges, disorderly conduct, false imprisonment, and forgery. Class 2 misdemeanors include crimes such as carrying a concealed weapon, defacing public property, hit and run, and furnishing false information, while class 3 misdemeanors include crimes such as hunting or fishing without a license, misuse of 911, littering, and most violations of city or county ordinances. Certain crimes, including shoplifting, larceny, writing worthless checks, and open container violations, may begin as a certain class misdemeanor but increase to a more serious level upon subsequent convictions for the same crime. Further, some of these crimes will be charged at felonies depending on certain factors, including larceny and receiving stolen good. For example, larceny involving property under $1,000 in value is charged as a misdemeanor, while larceny involving property with a value over $1,000 is charged as a felony. Felony charges are also available for more serious non-violent crimes, including arson, embezzlement, obtaining property by false pretenses and burglary.
Misdemeanor sentences vary in seriousness from community services, fines, and probation, to active jail sentences up to 150 days. Felony punishment are more severe, and can result in major fines and years behind bars. Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, the long term implications of a conviction or guilty plea on your permanent record can be devastating on many fronts, from negative social stigma, to impacts on future sentencing, educational, job, and professional licensing pursuits, to searches for housing.
To speak with one of our Charlotte Mecklenburg criminal defense lawyers today regarding an assault or other violent crime, call us at 704-412-1442. WE CAN HELP.
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Being convicted or pleading guilty to a non-violent crime can have a serious negative impact on your criminal record, and future educational, employment, professional, and housing endeavors. Our attorneys are here to stand up for your rights and help defend you against criminal charges, while explaining all options available to you along the way. Call us today at 704-412-1442 to schedule a free consultation.
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Our non-violent crimes page is designed to cover a very broad range of criminal offenses in North Carolina, including all matters that do not involve violence, drugs, alcohol, traffic, or sex crimes. Examples of non-violent crimes include: trespass; larceny; damage to personal property; burglary; breaking or entering; forgery; writing worthless checks; blackmail; disorderly conduct; hit and run property damage; obstruction of justice; unlawful assembly; shoplifting; carrying a concealed weapon; defacing public property; cyber stalking; filing a false police report; littering; injury to personal property; scalping tickets; arson; setting fire to woods; and violations of city or county ordinances, among many others.
When charged with a crime, it is important to understand exactly what you have been charged with, the elements of the crime, the potential consequences and punishments, and all possible defenses, strategic tools, and diversionary programs available to help minimize the negative impact on your future. We can help.
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Our lawyers analyze numerous factors in every criminal case we handle to ensure that we are representing your interests zealously, including: all aspects of the incident resulting in arrest, the steps taken by officers prior to arrest, probable cause, the validity of any searches conducted and/or warrants obtained, all other circumstances leading up to, during, and following the actual arrest, and any defenses that may be available to you. Our Charlotte Mecklenburg criminal defense attorneys are also well versed in the diversionary programs, deferred prosecution, and potential plea deals that may help you keep items off your permanent record. We are prepared to represent your interests zealously and to press forward aggressively with trial when appropriate.