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Other Traffic Charges in North Carolina / Misdemeanors

Aside from DWI charges and speeding tickets, the attorneys at Johnson & Nicholson, PLLC can also help you deal with and represent you for other traffic offenses, such as reckless driving, expired registration or other Misdemeanor Charges.

An Introduction to Misdemeanor Charges

Misdemeanors are moderate traffic offenses other than DWI and speeding that often comprise of a monetary fine and the jail sentence for the offense lies under one year. Public assault, trespassing or theft is usually categorized under misdemeanor charges and the charges cannot be paid by mail – personal attendance or representation by an attorney in court is required for such cases.

In case you have been charged with a misdemeanor, it is important to seek legal help as soon as possible so that the damage induced can be minimized and the situation does not affect your personal life or work in the long term. Conviction for misdemeanor charges can range from hefty fines and jail time to counseling, public service or other service requirements as per defined by the court.

Classes of Misdemeanors

Misdemeanor charges in North Carolina are divided into different subcategories, each varying on the basis of severity of the offense and fine.

Class A1 Misdemeanor Charges

These are the most severe of all misdemeanor charges and can sometimes result in large fines. The jail time for these offenses can also range from up to 60 days to less than a year.

Class 1 Misdemeanor Charges

The second class of misdemeanor charges also comes with hefty fines and jail time, though lesser than class 1A.

Class 2 Misdemeanor Charges

The fines are considerably low for these charges, though the jail time may range from a month to 60 days depending upon the number of convictions.

Class 4 Misdemeanor Charges

Offenses like trespassing, shoplifting and violation of city ordinance lie in this class and the convicted person may end up paying a hefty fine as well as face up to 20 days worth of jail time.

Misdemeanor Punishment and Chart


Prior Convictions




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


1-10 Days

1-15 Days

1-20 Days

Get Legal Help today for Misdemeanor and other Traffic Charges in North Carolina

For legal advice and immediate assistance against misdemeanor or other traffic offense charges in North Carolina, get in touch with the experienced attorneys at Johnson and Nicholson today. Our attorneys deal with misdemeanor cases on a regular basis and will not only represent you in court but also provide the valuable assistance and guidance you need.

Also, we can help you reduce the penalty on your account, and in case you are being charged for felony offenses, we can help them get reduced to misdemeanor.

Contact us now for expert guidance and advice for all legal matters in North Carolina.

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