Limiting The Penalties

North Carolina law punishes seemingly minor altercations. While you may believe the dispute was minor, these charges can result in devastating circumstances for everyone involved. An example of this is a marital disagreement that gets blown out of proportion, resulting in one of the spouses filing assault charges (such as simple assault or  assault on a female) against the other spouse.

If you face assault charges in North Carolina, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney before speaking with law enforcement or anyone else.

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At Randall & Stump, PLLC, we can help you understand your rights, the charges you face and potential defense strategies that may be available. Our criminal defense attorneys have defended other clients who have been in similar circumstances.

What Happened, Who Was There And What Was The Harm Suffered

The severity of the charge, whether it is a misdemeanor or felony, will depend on the nature of the act and the harm that was suffered by the alleged victim. Who witnesses the assault can also impact the level of the charge. For instance, if a child under the age of 18 sees or hears an assault, it can lead to a more serious charge.

Misdemeanor assault is punished under N.C.G.S. 14-33 and may result in a sentence ranging from probation to an active sentence, depending on what level is charged. A misdemeanor conviction can result in a stiffer sentence if you are later convicted and sentenced on an additional assault charge. Generally, this is at least an additional 30 days on top of other punishment ordered by the court.

Felony assault — which typically involves a deadly weapon, intent to kill, intent to cause serious injury or serious injury being suffered — is punished under a completely different sentencing structure. For example, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill is a Class E felony. Under North Carolina's Structured Sentencing, a Class E felony is punished as seen here.

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What is going to happen? It depends on what action you take. Act quickly and speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney who can fight for the best possible outcome.

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