Category: Felonies

In North Carolina, felony sentencing is complicated. That’s because they use a system in the state that assigns a class to a crime and compares it with a person’s criminal history in order to determine the level of the sentence they can receive.

Every felony conviction comes with the possibility of prison or jail time. Depending on your criminal history, though, you may be able to avoid it. 

Here’s what you need to know about felony sentencing in North Carolina to help you make sense of this very complicated system.

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A single case requiring convictions on multiple offenses presents the court with a big decision: Whether the sentences should be completed concurrently or consecutively. You may be wondering what types of crimes would warrant a consecutive sentence. 

One great example involves a North Carolina man who, according to USA Today, was recently charged with over 300 sex crimes that involve over 130 children just this year. 

While all people are innocent until proven guilty under North Carolina sex crime laws, if the man is convicted, then he could be facing consecutive sentences [...]

Traffic violation and felony usually aren’t even two words we expect to see in the same sentence. Getting a traffic violation means having a cop write you a ticket for speeding or receiving a citation in the mail for running a red light.

Felony? That just seems crazy.

However, North Carolina has several traffic laws on the books that can result in felony criminal charges if you violate them. In this post, we’re going to break down the laws and penalties for you, and let you know what you can do to fight [...]

The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor conviction could affect your right to vote, to own firearms, and even your ability to get a job in North Carolina.

So, what determines whether a crime is a felony or a misdemeanor? In general, it is determined by the severity of the act, but there are all kinds of factors. For example, if someone has a clean record and commits a crime, they may be more likely to face misdemeanor charges than someone who has a record.

In this post, we’re going to focus [...]

You know that certain crimes are considered felonies in the state of North Carolina. And you probably know that felonies are “worse” than misdemeanors.

But what does that really mean? How long are the punishments associated with felonies? What makes something a felony in North Carolina?

First off, there are two types of criminal charges: felonies and misdemeanors. As mentioned above, felonies are the more severe of the two.

Felonies have different classifications for different crimes, but that does not mean a felony sentence is set in stone. Let’s look at the 11 [...]