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Charges for violent crimes in North Carolina may be brought either as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on numerous factors including: the degree of injury to the victim, the relationship between the alleged offender and victim, whether or not a weapon was used, the age, sex, and capacity of the victim, and all other factors relevant to the incident.
Class A1 misdemeanor offenses, which are the most serious of misdemeanors, include: assault by pointing a gun; assault inflicting serious injury; assault on a child under 12; assault on a female; assault on a firefighter; assault on a government official;
assault on a handicapped person; assault on school personnel; assault with a deadly weapon; assault on partner in presence of a minor; stalking; and violations of 50B orders. Class 1 misdemeanor offenses include assaults on a sports official, communicating threats, and certain weapons charges. Simple assault, battery, and simple affray are considered class 2 misdemeanors.
Assault causing serious "bodily" injury, assault with a deadly weapon causing serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon causing serious injury with the intent to kill, kidnapping, and murder, are all considered felony offenses. NC law also includes provisions allowing felony charges to be brought against a repeat violent offender, even if the underlying crime would typically be charged as a misdemeanor.
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 up to life behind bars. Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, the long term implications of a violent 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.
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In North Carolina, lawmakers, judges, and prosecutors take claims and charges involving violence very seriously. These crimes typically involve direct physical harm or force being applied to another person, resulting in injury, offensive contact, or unwanted contact. District Attorneys have a number of potential criminal charges at their disposal to bring against an alleged offender.
Charges range from misdemeanors to felonies, and punishments can range from years in prison and fines, to probation and community service. These crimes can also carry major social stigma issues. If you have been charged with assault, battery, domestic violence, robbery, or any other offense against another person, it is important to understand the legal ramifications.
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Our lawyers analyze numerous factors in every criminal case 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, and all other circumstances leading up to, during, and following the actual arrest. Additionally, we pay close attention to how the incident began and the potential defenses available to our clients. Finally, our Charlotte Mecklenburg criminal defense attorneys are well versed in the diversionary programs, deferred prosecution options, and potential plea deals that may help you keep items off your permanent record. We are prepared to represent your interests zealously and will press forward aggressively with trial when appropriate.
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Being convicted or pleading guilty to a 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 help defend you against violent crime charges while explaining all options available and all consequences you may face. Call us today at 704-412-1442 to schedule a free consultation.
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