If you have been charged with assaulting a police officer, know your consequences will be more severe than assaulting a civilian. This is because North Carolina deems police officers as a part of a protected class, making crimes against them more heinous.

The North Carolina criminal justice system considers assaulting a police officer and inflicting serious injury on them a Class F felony. However, the assault will only be considered a Class F felony if the police officer was on duty.

Class F felonies typically carry a sentence of 33 to 41 months in prison, depending on the defendant’s record and the severity of the assault.

The charges will also increase if the defendant allegedly used a deadly weapon or firearm during the attack.

On the contrary, if the defendant were to assault a civilian or nonprotected person, usually the charge would be a Class 2 misdemeanor or Class A1 misdemeanor.

Is Every Attack On A Police Officer Considered A Felony In NC?

Every attack on a police officer is considered a felony in North Carolina. However, depending on if the defendant used any weapons or the severity of the injuries, the class of felony may vary.

  • Any assault that inflicts physical injury on a law enforcement officer is considered a Class I felony.
  • An assault that Inflicts severe damage on a law enforcement officer will be charged as a Class F felony
  • Assault with a firearm upon a law enforcement officer – is a Class E felony.

What Should I Do If I’ve Been Charged With Assaulting A Police Officer?

Call the Knox Law Center immediately if you’ve been charged with assaulting a police officer. Legal help can make the difference between spending years in prison and being convicted of a felony versus walking free.

We offer complimentary consultations to help you build a strong case.

Our criminal attorneys in Charlotte serve clients in eastern and central North Carolina (NC), including Charlotte, Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Dilworth, Huntersville, Lake Norman, Mooresville, Gastonia, Kannapolis, Salisbury, Matthews, Davidson, Monroe, Pineville, Mooresville, Lincolnton, Huntersville, Lake Norman, Dilworth, South Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Lincoln County, Cabarrus County, Gaston County and Rowan County.

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