If you’ve been arrested on a felony or misdemeanor charge, you face harsh penalties that could deprive you of your liberty and impose a variety of other sanctions, such as fines and the suspension of certain civil rights. You need reliable defense representation to protect your rights and aggressively pursue the best possible outcome. Carolina Law Group, headed by attorney Tommy Kellis, is devoted to providing staunch representation for clients charged with all types of felonies and misdemeanors. In New Bern, Morehead City and the surrounding areas, we have built a strong reputation for tenacious advocacy that delivers positive results for our clients.
North Carolina law divides criminal offenses into two major categories: felonies and misdemeanors. The difference between the two has to do with the seriousness of the crime, as well as the severity of the punishment. A felony is the more serious of the charges and can lead to lengthy incarceration in state prison. In addition, convicted felons lose their right to vote until their sentence is completed, they are not permitted to possess firearms or live in a residence where firearms are present and they can even lose their eligibility for food stamps. Misdemeanors are also serious infractions, and a conviction can draw up to a year in county jail, along with fines and community service. A conviction for either a felony or misdemeanor can also make it more difficult to apply for loans or seek gainful employment.
North Carolina law lists felonies in 10 classes according to the severity of the offense. Classes are grouped colloquially as follows:
We work diligently to challenge every element of the charge against you, as we seek the best outcome possible under the facts.
North Carolina law divides misdemeanors into the following classes:
Depending on a defendant’s history, we can often negotiate a resolution that avoids jail, even when the facts seem to support conviction.
The Carolina Law Group, led by Tommy Kellis, defends North Carolina clients against all types of misdemeanor and felony charges. Please call 252-636-3737 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our New Bern or Morehead City location.