Southport NC Misdemeanor Attorney - Shoplifting Larceny Lawyer
As in most states, crimes in North Carolina as well tear into misdemeanors and felonies.
The term misdemeanor is believed to origin in the late 15th century from mis- which was a prefix for wrong, and Middle English demenure or demeanor which meant handle, manage, conduct.
Compared to felonies, misdemeanors are the "lesser" criminal act—they are generally punished less severely than felonies.
There are four classes of misdemeanors in North Carolina ranging from the least serious Class 3 to the most serious Class A-1. A Class 3 misdemeanor carries a maximum active sentence of 20 days and a Class A-1 misdemeanor carries a maximum active sentence of 150 days of imprisonment. In regards to misdemeanors, the defendant's prior record level is sectioned off into three categories which are: level 1- no prior convictions; level 2- one to four prior convictions and; level 3- five or more prior convictions.
You should contact an attorney immediately if you have been charged with a misdemeanor. Do not discuss your matter with anyone except for your attorney until and if your attorney advises you to. Your attorney can assist in informing you of the many things that can either help or hurt your particular case as well as help you minimize the consequences you will ultimately receive as a result of a criminal charge.
Southport, North Carolina is an incorporated municipality located in southeastern Brunswick County. The population of Southport, NC was approximately 2,350 in the year 2000. It is a charming small town with a rich history. Southport does have its own police force but other agencies such as the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department and North Carolina State Highway Patrol have jurisdiction Southport, NC. If you receive a traffic citation or if you are charged with a crime in Southport, NC your court date will be in Bolivia, North Carolina in the Brunswick County courthouse. The Brunswick County courthouse is about 20 minutes from the New Hanover County courthouse in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Collins Law Firm is located in Wilmington, North Carolina, and does not have an office in Southport, NC. However, we regularly represent people charged with traffic citations or with crimes in Southport, NC at their court appearances in Bolivia, NC the county seat of Brunswick County, NC. The Brunswick County Courthouse is located at 310 Government Center Drive, NE, Bolivia, NC 28422.