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In North Carolina, misdemeanors are divided into one of four classes: A1, 1, 2, and 3.

Class A1 is the most serious. Examples include assault with a deadly weapon, assault inflicting serious injury, and assault on a female or government employee. The maximum sentence is 150 days in jail and a fine determined by the court.

Examples of Class 1 misdemeanors include possession of drug paraphernalia, larceny, possession of stolen goods, and communicating threats. The maximum penalty is 120 days and a discretionary fine.

The maximum sentence for a Class 2 misdemeanor is 60 days and a $1,000 fine. Examples of Class 2 misdemeanors include simple assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possession and carrying a concealed weapon.

Class 3 misdemeanors are the least serious. The maximum penalty the court can imposed is 20 days in jail and a $200 fine. Examples include simple possession of marijuana, concealing goods in a store, and violation of city code provisions.

Whether you have any prior criminal conviction plays an important role in determining the punishment imposed. Prior record level is divided into three categories:

Level 1-no prior convictions;
Level 2-one to four prior convictions and;
Level 3-five or more prior convictions.

If you have been accused of a misdemeanor, David R. Hamm will negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf for a dismissal; deferred prosecution; prayer for judgment continued (PJC); or a plea bargain to a lesser offense. If a favorable plea agreement cannot be agreed upon, he will take your case to trial.

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