Misdemeanors and Felonies: What is the Difference?

In North Carolina there are two main classes of crimes in North Carolina: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors carry much less severe penalties and are broken into four different categories. Said categories are divided up based upon the amount of prior convictions that a criminal defendant has been convicted.

(No Prior Convictions)
(One to Four Convictions)
(Five or More Prior Convictions)
A11-60 days1-75 days1-150 days
11-45 days 1-45 days 1-120 days
21-30 days 1-45 days 1-120 days
3 1-10 days (fine only) 1-15 days (fine only unless more than three prior convictions)1-20 days

Felonies carry much more severe penalties with the least severe, a Class I Felony, being punishable up to 24 months in prison. Felonies are typically broken up into 10 different categories with the more serious felonies being A, B1, B2, and C.

*The following sentences are in months and are in the presumptive range.

0-1 Pt
2-5 Pts
6-9 Pts
10-13 Pts
14-17 Pts
A Death or Life Without Parole; Defendant Under 18 at Time of Offense: Life With or Without Parole
B2125-157144-180 165-207190-238219-273251-314
C58-73 67-83 77-96 88-110 101-127117-146
D 51-64 59-73 67-8478-97 89-111 103-128
E 20-25 23-29 26-3330-38 35-44 40-50
F 13-16 15-1917-2120-2523-2826-33
G 10-13 12-1413-17 15-19 17-22 20-25
I4-6 4-6 5-6 6-8 7-9 8-10

If you are charged with a crime there could be varying penalties. The most common forms of penalties are: fines, community service, unsupervised probation, supervised probation, and active jail time.

Arrested or cited for Felony or Misdemeanor?

Hall & Dixon, PLLC can help. Our criminal defense attorneys know the ins and outs of North Carolina’s Misdemeanors and Felonies. We’ll examine the details of your criminal case carefully and make sure all proper legal procedures were followed during your arrest or citation. If we find any evidence that can be used in support of your criminal defense, we’ll make note of it and present it the court court.

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