What exactly is a Misdemeanor? For many of us the line between a misdemeanor and a felony, or even different classes of misdemeanors is blurry. We’ve taken the time to out line the differences between the different classes of misdemeanors and the most common punishments for each one.
A misdemeanor offense can include but isn’t limited to:
- Simple Assault and Assault on a Female
- Assault on a Government Official
- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
- Child Abuse
- Carrying a Concealed Weapon
- Violation of a 50-B (Domestic Violence Protective Order)
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Shoplifting/Concealment of Goods
- Misdemeanor Larceny
- Possession of Stolen Goods
- Trespassing (First Degree and Second Degree)
- Communicating Threats
- Resisting a Police/Law Enforcement Officer
- Underage Drinking
Each of these offenses falls into a different class of misdemeanor. Class A1 is the most serious offense and a person who is charged with a Class A1 misdemeanor faces a maximum penalty of 150 days in jail, as well as a fine that may be imposed at the discretion of the Court. A Class 3 misdemeanor is the least serious offense. A person who is charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor faces a maximum penalty of twenty 20 days in jail, as well as a fine that may be imposed at the discretion of the Court, although the fine may not exceed $200. To help outline the different classes of misdemeanors take a look at our Misdemeanor Fact Sheet below.
Members of the experienced team at Greene Crow Smith can explain your possible outcomes, investigate your offense, and help you avoid the negative consequences you may face. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact Greene Crow Smith Attorneys at Law by calling (252) 634-9400 or visiting nctriallawyer.com.