Most offenders who are charged with a Class 2 Misdemeanor do not receive any jail time as part of their sentence. In North Carolina, misdemeanors are broken down into four different classes with the lowest class being a Class 3 Misdemeanor and the highest class being a Class A1 Misdemeanor.
Examples of Class 2 Misdemeanors that our office handles include:
- Carrying Concealed Weapons (first offense)
- Cyber- Bullying, Defendant under 18
- Defrauding Innkeeper
- Disorderly Conduct
- Driving After Consuming
- Failure to Appear on a Misdemeanor
- Failure to Report an Accident
- Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle
- False Report to Police
- Financial Card Fraud
- First-Degree Trespass
- Furnishing False Information to Officer
- Harassing Phone Calls
- Indecent Exposure
- Injury to Personal Property, $200 or Less
- Marine/Wildlife Violations, Second/Subsequent Offense
- Possession of Schedule V Controlled Substance
- Racing/Speed Competition
- Reckless Driving to Endanger
- Resisting Officers
- Shoplifting Concealment of Merchandise, Second Offense in 3 years
- Simple Assault/Assault and Battery/Affray
- Standing/Sitting/Lying on Highway
What are the consequences for a Class 2 Misdemeanor?
The consequences for a Class 2 Misdemeanor depend on your record level. If you have one prior criminal conviction, you are considered a record level I. If you have between one and four prior criminal convictions, you are considered a record level II. If you have five or more prior criminal convictions, you are considered a record level III.
Offenders who are a record level I may not be sentenced to any jail time. In fact, generally, first time offenders who are considered record level I for sentencing purposes will also qualify for a dismissal as part of a deferred prosecution. Depending on the type of charge, you may qualify for the First Offender’s program which involves completing 75 hours of community service for a dismissal. Or, you may qualify for the 90/96 program which involves completing substance abuse treatment.
Offenders who are record level II may not be sentenced to jail, but may be sentenced to probation, community service or simply asked to pay a fine.
Offenders who are a record level III may be sentenced to up to 60 days in jail at the judge’s discretion, or may be sentenced to probation, community service or simply asked to pay a fine.
Contact Granados Law Group
An experienced attorney can best help you avoid a harsh sentence and work with the prosecutor to get a deal on your behalf. At Granados Law Group, our first goal is always to seek a dismissal of the charges. If the charges are dismissed, we can then help you get the charge removed from your record through the expungement process. Give attorneys Lindsey Granados, Meredith Cairo, or Paige Feldmann a call at 919-650-2851 to discuss your options. We offer FREE consultations.