Greensboro Trial Lawyer Discusses Habitual Felon Laws and Habitual DWIs

In Criminal, Traffic by GWAO

Greensboro trial lawyer Chad Garrett discusses Habitual Felon Laws and Habitual DWIs daily.  Below is his chart used to teach other lawyers, prosecutors and judges about the law.



Habitual Felon

  • 3 prior felony convictions
  • Sentenced at 4 classes higher than the underlying felony

BUT no higher than a class C felony punishment level


Habitual Misdemeanor Assault

  • 2 or more prior felony or misdemeanor assaults within 15 years


commits an assault with physical injury under N.C.G.S. 14-33


an assault under N.C.G.S. 14-34

  • Class H felony punishment.


Violent Habitual Felon

  • 2 prior Class A-E felony convictions
  • Life without parole


Habitual Breaking and Entering

  • 1 prior Breaking and Entering conviction
  • Sentenced as a Class E felony


Armed Habitual Felon

  • One prior firearm related felony
  • Sentenced as a Class C felony, mandatory 120 month minimum active sentence