Category: Sentencing

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.

Why Does


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 [...]