Misdemeanor Sentencing and Collateral Consequences in North Carolina
The Experienced Wake County Criminal Defense Lawyers of Kurtz & Blum Discuss Options in Misdemeanor Sentencing
Typical misdemeanor sentences range from a simple fine and costs of court to 36 months in custody for an aggravated DWI. Other possible sentences include a period of probation during which you may be required to submit to searches or drug screens. There are two types of probation – supervised and unsupervised. Unsupervised probation requires only that you pay the costs of court and fines and that you abide by the law. Supervised probation requires that you meet regularly with a probation officer, usually once per month.
During sentencing, a judge can also order that you complete drug treatment, perform community service, attend abuser treatment classes and undergo a mental health evaluation with a licensed practitioner. A judge has a great deal of latitude when doling out punishment.
At Kurtz & Blum, PLLC, if our client is left with no other options and decides to plead guilty we are always ready with mitigating (helpful) evidence to lessen the sentence’s severity as well as creative options to give the judge different ways to impose a lighter sentence.
Our criminal defense lawyers help people throughout Wake County, North Carolina. We often handle offenses arising out of the following cities: Knightdale, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Garner, Zebulon, Wendell, New Hope and Morrisville.