Being accused of a crime, no matter the severity, can severely impact the life of a defendant. Individuals charged with a crime in North Carolina should understand the potential penalties they might face if they are convicted.
Crimes are divided into two general categories, felonies and misdemeanors. A felony is considered the more serious of the two. While misdemeanors are considered lesser crimes, those arrested for such an offense should not take the situation lightly. Although the possible penalties are generally less serious, a jail sentence is still a possibility in many cases. Misdemeanors are classified into three different categories: gross, ordinary and petty.