A person’s first question once they are charged with a criminal offense is usually, do I need an attorney to help me with my case? Many times, people charged with a criminal offense attempt to save time and money by not hiring an attorney. However, what a lot of people do not realize is that it can end up costing them more in the long run if their case is not handled properly. This cost is not just monetary because if you end up getting a conviction on your record, it can also make it extremely difficult to get a job, rent an apartment, or even get loans and credit cards in the future. Most importantly, criminal convictions also carry the possibility of JAIL TIME.
How much jail time can you get for a particular criminal offense?
First, it must be determined if the offense is classified as a misdemeanor or as a felony charge.
North Carolina organizes misdemeanors into four categories: Class AI misdemeanors, Class 1 misdemeanors, Class 2 misdemeanors and Class 3 misdemeanors, from most serious to least serious, respectively. These various misdemeanors carry punishments as follows:
- Class A1: 1 to 150 days of active, intermediate, or community punishment
- Class 1: 1 to 120 days of active, intermediate, or community punishment
- Class 2: 1 to 60 days of active, intermediate, or community punishment
- Class 3: 1 to 20 days of days of active, intermediate, or community punishment
A felony can be punishable by more than 1 year in prison. They are classified as Class A, the most serious, to Class I, the least serious.
However, every case is different and because of this, the results may be different too. At Garrison Law, we know that the results are what matters most and we are here to make sure that we help you achieve the best results possible.
Some of the criminal charges that Garrison Law can help with, include:
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Offenses
- Financial Transaction charge crimes
- Identity fraud crimes
- Misdemeanor Larceny/Shoplifting
- Obtaining property by false pretenses and other cheat charges
- Public intoxication
- Resisting Public Officer
- Trespassing offenses
There are many other criminal charges that an individual can be charged with. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, call Garrison Law at 704-817-7136.