Misdemeanor offenses are not as serious as felonies, but they can still cause major problems in your life if not handled properly.

If you have never been charged with a crime before, it is crucial to keep your record clean. If you already have a record, it is important to not add to it. There are many options available that can result in your charge getting dismissed. It is not advisable to represent yourself no matter what you are charged with, so contact our office to determine what options may be available for you.

Common Misdemeanors and Offenses in North Carolina:

  • Simple assault
  • Assault inflicting serious injury
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Assault by pointing a gun
  • Assault on a government official or employee
  • Assault on a female
  • communicating threats
  • Harassing phone calls
  • Cyberstalking
  • Misdemeanor stalking
  • Violation of a domestic violence order
  • Trespassing
  • Injury to real property
  • Injury to personal property
  • Larceny/shoplifting
  • Possession of stolen goods
  • Receiving stolen goods
  • Breaking and entering
  • Worthless checks
  • Wildlife violations
  • Possession of controlled substances (Marijuana, pills,
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Intoxicated and disruptive
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Resisting arrest/resist, obstruct, or delay
  • Underage possession of alcohol/drinking ticket/consuming alcohol
  • Open container
  • Passing a stopped school bus
  • Driving While License Revoked
  • Driving While Impaired
  • Driving After Consuming Alcohol being less than 21 years

Typical College Crimes:

  • Underage Possession of a Malt beverage
  • Underage Possession of a mixed beverage or liquor
  • Underage Consumption of Alcohol
  • Simple Possession of Marijuana
  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia
  • Simple Possession of Controlled Substances
  • Intoxicated and Disruptive
  • Driving While Impaired
  • Driving after consuming alcohol being less than 21 years


***Effective for Offenses Committed on or after 12/1/13***

No Prior Convictions


One to Four Prior Convictions


Five or More Prior Convictions

1 – 60 days
1 – 75 days
1 – 150 days
1 – 45 days
1 – 45 days
1 – 120 days
1 – 30 days
1 – 45 days
1 – 60 days
Fine Only*
1 – 10 days
(One to Three Prior Convictions)
Fine Only* 1 – 15 days

(Four Prior Convictions)
1 – 15 days

1 – 20 days

*Unless otherwise provided for a specific offense, the judgment for a person convicted of a Class 3 misdemeanor who has no more than three prior convictions shall consist only of a fine.

  • A – Active Punishment
  • I – Intermediate Punishment
  • C – Community Punishment
  • Cells with slash allow either disposition at the discretion of the judge