Help, I’ve been charged with a misdemeanor. What do I need to do?
When it comes to being charged, or given a citation for a misdemeanor criminal charge, there’s a lot that can happen with your case. Misdemeanors are a higher level than an infraction, which would be like a 9 over speeding ticket, but a lower level charge than a felony. In North Carolina misdemeanors are divided into 4 separate classes: Class 3 is being the lowest and Class A1 being the highest. In terms of what we’d recommend you do, we’d call a misdemeanor lawyer at Garrett, Walker, Aycoth & Olson. Our top rated lawyers in Greensboro are here to help you with your misdemeanor charges.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony charge?
Misdemeanor and felony charges vary widely and the level of a certain crime is decided by the legislature. A misdemeanor typically places it’s highest punishment at 150 days. A felony charge typically has a sentence that exceeds a year in custody. Misdemeanor criminal charges can result in local jail time whereas felony charges can result in a prison sentence. Misdemeanors and felony charges can both result in a probationary sentence dependent on prior record level and other factors that come into play. Typically with misdemeanor criminal charges a judge has far more latitude to decide what the punishment will be. With felony charges sentencing is controlled by a sentencing chart which can greatly limit what a judge can do with the case.
A Greensboro misdemeanor lawyer at our law firm is here to help you with your misdemeanor criminal charges. Contact our lawyers in Greensboro, NC today if you or someone you know needs help with a misdemeanor criminal charge.