Felonies in North Carolina are set forth in N.C.G.S. Chapter 14 – the NC Criminal Laws, and further administered through Chapter 15 and Chapter 15A the criminal procedure and criminal procedure acts.
North Carolina still recognizes certain “Common Law” offenses, further drawing distinctions between felony and misdemeanor charges.
Felonies are divided into ten separate categories, each with its own punishment potential if convicted.
These categories are identified with a particular classification of the crime ranging from a Class A felony (like murder charges) at the top to a Class I felony (like possession of cocaine) at the bottom.
The maximum punishment under the law for a felony is death or life without parole. That is reserved for the most serious felony charges in North Carolina such as first degree murder.
Even the lowest felony category, Class I, allows for the possibility of imprisonment for a maximum of 24 months in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety – Division of Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice.Cumberland County Criminal Laws
If you have been arrested, charged, or even accused of felony charges in Cumberland County, we strongly recommend you retain an experienced defense attorney.
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"Take the 5th. Ask to speak with an attorney. Politely tell police officers and detectives you do not wish to answer questions and that you want to talk to a lawyer."
- David Courie
Our law firm provides free, confidential consultations for criminal charges in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, Raeford NC, and in the surrounding judicial districts.
If you’re a family member concerned about a loved-one who is in jail or “locked up,” we’re more than willing to talk to you as well about bond hearings, probable cause, and possible legal representation.
Legal consultations in North Carolina are protected by something lawyers refer to as the “attorney-client privilege.”
Information you share about a case and what happened is confidential. That’s the “privilege.”
That means what you tell a lawyer, even in consultation, remains secret. Lawyers don’t share or disclose what you tell them.
We also don’t charge anything during the initial consultation for criminal charges.
That differs from other areas of law like family law cases, where there may in fact be a consultation fee and a retainer required.Experienced Criminal Attorneys are Just a Phone Call Away
- Theft Crimes and Fraud
- Drug Charges
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver
- Sex Crimes
Having an experienced criminal defense attorney may mean the difference between going to jail and going home with your family.
Felony charges carry the potential for life-changing consequences, including prison time.
Certain types of felony charges, even as a first-offender, mandate active time.
Felony trafficking charges, robbery with a dangerous weapon, first degree murder, and sex offenses against children all subject the accused to serious “exposure” to long-term prison sentences.
The term “convicted felon” also carries a stigma in the community.
That’s true for even lower-level felonies such as simple possession of cocaine and felony larceny charges in North Carolina.
Convictions close doors, preventing opportunities in life.When Results Matter, We Offer Serious Help for Serious Criminal Charges
"Being accused of a crime is not the same as being guilty or convicted. Mistakes happen. People face false accusations."
- David Courie, Criminal Lawyer
We willingly accept the challenge of unpopular cases and often render support services and assistance to other lawyers and law firms through case-by-case affiliation.
We are available to serve as “local counsel,” working together with other criminal defense lawyers in North Carolina.Contact Us Today for More Information on Felony Crimes and What Beaver Courie can do for You