A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that is less serious than a felony and more serious than an infraction.
A conviction could lead to fines, restitution and even jail time in some cases. In addition, there is the impact that a conviction can have on your employment opportunities. These consequences can be avoided with the help of a North Carolina misdemeanor charges lawyer.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, your case will be heard in district court. You may have several options in your case. You may negotiate a plea agreement and plead guilty, or you may plead not guilty and request a trial. Depending on your criminal record, you may be eligible to participate in a community-service or substance-abuse counseling program that will result in dismissal of your case.
If you request a trial, the State must prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If the judge finds you not guilty, the case ends and you are free to go. If the judge finds you guilty, the judge will impose a sentence in your case ranging from a small fine, to probation, to an active prison sentence. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor in district court, you may appeal your conviction to superior court. Once in superior court, you are entitled to a new trial before a jury of 12 randomly selected members of the community.
Give us a call! We have experience helping minimize or eliminate the consequences of misdemeanor charges. We will guide you through it carefully, protecting your constitutional rights and civil liberties. We understand the criminal justice system. When you choose us to defend you, you can be confident in our ability to pursue every option we can in order to find the best possible outcome for you.