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Misdemeanor Defense Attorney Serving North Carolina

Trust the criminal law specialist with a reputation for results

Unlike many law firms, The Law Offices of Ames Chamberlin, P.L.L.C. in Greensboro is 100 percent focused on criminal defense. Ames Chamberlin is a board certified criminal law specialist in state and federal criminal law, a certification requiring skill and knowledge of criminal law. If you or someone you care about faces misdemeanor criminal charges, you want the services of an experienced, tenacious and reliable criminal defense attorney. The Law Offices of Ames Chamberlin excels in providing personal attention to each of our clients.

Never underestimate a criminal charge just because it is a misdemeanor and not a felony. A misdemeanor conviction still results in a criminal record, which negatively can impact your employment and in some instances your professional licensing. A misdemeanor sentence can result in jail time, fines, restitution, court-ordered treatment, monitored probation and drug testing. Depending on the charges, a misdemeanor conviction can even affect your driving privilege and increase your insurance costs.

Misdemeanors in North Carolina

Misdemeanors in North Carolina law include a wide range of crimes. Certain sex crimes and drug crimes are charged as misdemeanors rather than as felonies. Some common examples of North Carolina misdemeanors include:

  • Simple assault
  • Simple battery
  • Breaking and entering
  • Trespassing
  • Vandalism
  • DWI
  • Sexual battery
  • Indecent exposure
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Stalking
  • Domestic violence
  • Shoplifting and other petty thefts
  • Drug possession
  • Underage purchase of alcohol
  • Animal cruelty or abandonment

Like felonies, misdemeanors are governed by structured sentencing guidelines. The court must consider the perpetrator’s prior record and the current misdemeanor offense to reach an appropriate sentence. Depending on the seriousness of the crime (violent or non-violent) and the record of the person convicted of the crime (lengthy or none), the court can impose substantial jail time or no jail time in addition to fines, restitution, community service and substance abuse treatment.

Learn about North Carolina misdemeanor procedures

Misdemeanor charges begin in the District Court. There, the case can be settled with the prosecutor by a dismissal of the charges, your guilty plea to the charges or by diversion into a deferral program or trial. A Deferred Prosecution Program permits you to settle the case without a conviction on your record. However, it is generally limited to first-time offenders considered unlikely to commit future offenses. If you successfully complete the requirements of the program, the criminal charges are dismissed.

If the misdemeanor case goes to trial that trial is held in the District Court in front of a judge with no jury and no record of the trial. If convicted in the District Court, you have a constitutional right to appeal and have another trial, called a trial de novo (new trial) in the Superior Court.

Free consultation for Greensboro misdemeanor defense

Let the reputable, experienced, board certified specialist in state and federal criminal law, Ames Chamberlin help you avoid a criminal record, jail and other consequences of a misdemeanor conviction. Contact us online or by telephone at 336-638-1117 for an immediate consultation at no cost to you.

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