Greensboro Criminal Lawyers review laws that they think the public should be aware of. Especially now, as the Guilford County Sherrif election heats up, and the Greensboro Police Department ramps up their arrests, it seems to be a good time to review the basics of criminal law. If you are charged with a crime, citation, or traffic offense, you may find it difficult to categorize the potential consequences. The 10.0 AVVO rated trial attorneys at Garrett, Walker, Aycoth and Olson can help.
Crimes in North Carolina, are defined as either felonies or misdemeanors. A felony is any crime that was previously a felony under common law, a crime that is punishable by a death sentence, a crime that is punishable by active prison time, or a crime designated to be a felony by statute. Misdemeanors are defined as any other crime that is not a felony (a definition only a lawyer could write). An infraction is not a crime; it is a non-criminal violation that cannot be punished by imprisonment, only a fine, with a $100 dollar limitation. Some violations are labeled as violations of local government ordinances. Unless otherwise provided, a violation of a local ordinance is a Class 3 misdemeanor, with a fine of $50, unless specified, and limited to a maximum of $500. Traffic or parking local ordinance violations are punished as infractions, with a maximum fine of $50.
In part two of this post, we will review the types of crimes that could be committed if acting in concert with another person, or attempting to commit a crime without actually accomplishing it. Greensboro criminal lawyers Garrett, Walker, Aycoth and Olson will be posting further information very soon!
Relevant Statutory Authority
14-1 Felonies and misdemeanors defined.
14-2.3 Forfeiture of gain acquired through criminal activity.
14-2.4 Punishment for conspiracy to commit a felony.
14-2.5 Punishment for attempt to commit a felony or misdemeanor.
14-2.6 Punishment for solicitation to commit a felony or misdemeanor.
14-3 Punishment of misdemeanors, infamous offenses committed in secrecy
and malice, or with deceit and intent to defraud or with ethnic animosity.
14-3.1 Infraction defined; sanctions.
14-4 Violation of local ordinances misdemeanor.
14-5.2 Accessory before fact punishable as principal felon.
14-7 Accessories after the fact; trial and punishment.
15-170 Conviction for a less degree or an attempt.
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