Carteret County Misdemeanor Attorneys
A Former Prosecutor with 14+ Years of Experience Defending Against Your Misdemeanor
Many people assume that because a misdemeanor is less serious than a felony, it does not need to be treated with hard-hitting and aggressive defense. This is a mistake. Penalties for misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, but a misdemeanor conviction can nonetheless affect your future on a daily basis for the rest of your life. For instance, a misdemeanor theft conviction could cause issues with future employment opportunities, or a hunting violation can limit your right to hunt and fish or even suspend your license. Our attorneys at Cummings & Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC are equipped with former prosecution experience and over a decade of aggressive representation for our North Carolina clients. Trust us with your misdemeanor defense today.
Misdemeanor Sentencing Ranges
According to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 15A-1340.23 (2019), a person can be charged with a specific class of misdemeanor ranging from Class A1 to Class 3 based on the severity of the offense and whether they have any prior convictions:
- Class A1 (e.g., assault that inflicts serious injury) – 1-150 days of active, intermediate, or community punishment; any amount of fines
- Class 1 (e.g., prostitution) – 1-120 days of active, intermediate, or community punishment; any amount of fines
- Class 2 (e.g., carrying a gun without a permit) – 1-60 days of active, intermediate, or community punishment; up to $1,000 in fines
- Class 3 (e.g., first-offense shoplifting) – 1-20 days of days of active, intermediate, or community punishment; up to $200 in fines
Note that active punishments refer to jail sentences, and intermediate and community punishments refer to alternative sentencing options, such as probation or community service.
One specific type of misdemeanor is disorderly conduct, which, according to § 14-288.4. is a public disturbance intentionally caused to commit violence, incite fear of violence, and engage in conduct to impeded, disrupt, or interfere with any public or personal matter (e.g., funeral or memorial service). Any person who engages in disorderly conduct may face Class 2 misdemeanor charges.
No matter where in Carteret County you are, if you have been found to be behaving in a manner that disturbs the peace, you could be facing the above criminal charges of disorderly conduct, which may result in severe consequences. In such a case, it is best to hire an attorney to defend your rights and to defend against unfair prosecution or unjust sentencing. We provide free consultations, so it doesn’t hurt your case to reach out.
Bail Bond Hearings
The criminal justice process is not a short one – it could take weeks or even months to resolve your case and get the bond that you deserve. A bail bond hearing offers temporary relief as you wait; it is a court appearance during which the defendant may ask the judge to release them from police custody pending the outcome of their case. A defense attorney at Cummings & Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC can help to ensure that this process of arraignment and bond moves forward fairly and quickly. We know the importance of a bail bond hearing and how much the results from the hearing will affect you. With extensive experience in criminal law, we know that every step of the criminal process deserves to be treated with care and are fully devoted to providing our clients with high-quality assistance that can be counted on, especially in a bail bond hearing.
Charged with a Misdemeanor in Carteret County?
When faced with a misdemeanor charge, consult with the legal team at Cummings & Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC as soon as possible. With years of legal experience, our misdemeanor defense attorneys have proven to be true advocates for the rights of the accused. We exclusively focus on criminal cases, so we have an in-depth understanding of criminal law. Don’t let a misdemeanor hinder your future; let’s get started on your defense today.
Call (252) 518-4330 or contact our team online for a free consultation to learn more.
“I recently got a speeding ticket. My co-workers recommending Cummings & Kennedy law to help me get my spending ticket off my records. They were very helpful and fast, and stress free. I would definitely recommend them.
“Everyone I spoke to was extremely helpful and put my mind at ease.”
“Joe and his team are excellent and affordable! Dismissal of all charges was the only option ever discussed and Joe delivered. We couldn't be happier with our outcome. If you're having legal problems these are the people to call.
“I’m normally a worry wart, especially when it comes to the Judicial system, but Frederick Horne was so reassuring and answered all my questions before my court date!”
“I was represented by Mr. Kennedy and from the beginning he guaranteed me that my legal matter would be taken care of in our favor, which it was.”
In-House Medical Advisor & Investigator
Strong Relationships with Local Judges & Prosecutors
Thousands of Cases Successfully Handled
Continuous Generations of Attorneys Since 1995