Attorney Allen Brotherton Discusses Misdemeanors vs Felonies in North Carolina

By the Criminal Defense Attorneys at Knox Law Center in Charlotte & Lake Norman


In general, misdemeanors are supposed to be the less serious crimes, and felonies are supposed to be more serious. It’s an arbitrary distinction that the legislature puts on a particular crime, but the potential punishments for misdemeanors are much lower than the potential punishments for felonies. The collateral consequences of being convicted of a felony are worse than being convicted of a misdemeanor, such as you lose the right to possess a gun and you lose the right to vote, those sorts of things when you get convicted of a felony that doesn’t apply when you get convicted of misdemeanors.

There are some misdemeanors that would apply to your gun rights but in general, it’s just a distinction that legislature makes, and the most you can get for a misdemeanor if you get the worst prior record level the worst conviction, is only on 150 days in jail whereas for felonies, at the minimum sentence of punishment. You don’t have to do it necessarily in 30 months, but up to course life imprisonment without parole, those are the more serious crimes. 

The attorneys at Knox Law Center have been providing effective DWI criminal defense services for decades in Mecklenburg county and Charlotte, NC. Our attorneys can help navigate the confusing and expensive process of clearing clients charged with criminal offenses from their records, reinstating their driving privileges and generally helping to put the criminal charges behind them. Give our Charlotte DWI lawyers a call today to learn more about your options.

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