Violent Misdemeanors

There are countless misdemeanor crimes that you could be charged for in North Carolina. Violent misdemeanors involve the use of violence against another person. Here are some of the common violent crimes that fall under misdemeanors under the North Carolina law:

Simple Assault

As the name implies, this is a minor assault charged and is  rated among the least serious assault crimes. In comparison to the other misdemeanors simple assault is much less severe. Simple assault is when you unlawfully assault another individual by unlawfully touching, or threatening another person with bodily harm especially when it is obvious that you are capable of immediately carrying out the said threat.

Simple assault is a Class 2 misdemeanor carrying a maximum of 60 days of active, intermediate or community punishment. The maximum fine is $1,000. However, the severity of the sentence depends on prior convictions and the victim among other factors. For instance, with a previous conviction, you could serve up to 60 days in jail with a fine up to $1,000. On the other hand, without previous convictions, the punishment could include 30 days jail sentence or probation.

Assault on a Female or child

Some Class 2 assault cases like a simple assault offense can be elevated to Class A1 misdemeanor when the violent act is perpetrated on certain individuals in protected classes like females, children or the handicapped. If a male who is 18 years of age or more, commits a violent assault on a female, the offense is automatically elevated to Class A1. This carries a maximum penalty of 150 days of active, intermediate or community punishment. The fine is left to the discretion of the court; there is no specific maximum fine.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

An assault with a deadly weapon is when a person commits an assault on another person using a deadly weapon. A deadly weapon includes any object that can lead to death or serious bodily harm such as: belts, broken bottles, golf clubs, knives, and guns. You may be charged with a Class A1 misdemeanor if you are found to have committed an assault using a deadly weapon. Assault with a deadly weapon is an offense punishable with a jail sentence of up to 150 days with or without a fine based on the court’s discretion.

Simple Affray

This type of offense is considered a minor misdemeanor. It could however escalate into a more violent altercation that could lead to severe injury. Generally people are charged with simple affray when they engage in a physical fight in a public place. Simple affray could be a simple argument amongst friends that escalated to a free for all fight. This offense is a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 60 days jail sentence, fine not more than $1,000, community service and probation as the case may be.

Sexual Battery

This involves any sexual contact or physical contact perpetrated with sexual intent and performed with force or without the victim’s consent. It also includes sexual contact with the mentally deranged or physically helpless when the perpetrator knows these facts. Sexual battery is a Class A1 misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 150 days in jail.

Will I Be Charged With a Violent Misdemeanor for Defending Myself?

Its possible that you could be charged with a violent misdemeanor if you were defending yourself. However, just because you are facing charges doesn’t mean you’re guilty! People are falsely accused daily! In North Carolina, self-defense is a defense to all violent crime. In order to claim self-defense successfully you must not use an unreasonable amount of force in defending yourself. Finally, you cannot use deadly force unless it is reasonably necessary to defend yourself under the circumstances.

Can I Expunge My Conviction For a Violent Misdemeanor?

Unfortunately, if you are convicted of a violent misdemeanor you will not be eligible to expunge the conviction. Expungements for violent crimes are only available if the charge was dismissed, or if you were found not guilty after a trial. Lastly, you can expunge a violent misdemeanor conviction if you were under 18 at the time of the offense.

When faced with a violent assault misdemeanor in North Carolina, you need the services of an experienced North Carolina criminal defense attorney. A crime involving violence should not be taken lightly. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you navigate through the criminal justice system. If you’ve been charged with a violent crime contact our office for a free attorney consultation.