What Is a Class 2 Misdemeanor in North Carolina?

An individual is charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor in North Carolina if caught carrying a concealed weapon, enacting in disorderly conduct, assaulting another person and resisting a police officer, as of 2014. Only simple assaults are classified as Class 2 misdemeanors, according to Robert H. Hale, Jr. & Associates.

Misdemeanors in North Carolina are divided into four categories, which consist of A1 as the most serious crime, followed by Class 1, 2 and 3 categories of crimes. How a person is sentenced when found guilty depends on the defendant's criminal record, the opportunity for a plea bargain with the district attorney's office and the facts of the case, according to Robert H. Hale, Jr. & Associates. In North Carolina, as of 2014, a Class 2 misdemeanor charge may result in a fine up to $1,000 or up to a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail. Many defendants are often eligible for probation, community service or substance-abuse counseling programs that ultimately result in the dismissal of the charges or case. Individuals charged with a Class 2 misdemeanor often acquire legal representation with a criminal defense attorney.

All misdemeanor cases in North Carolina are tried before the district court unless a plea bargain is established. Once the judge finds a person guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor, sentencing is established; however, the defendant has the right to appeal the conviction in a higher court, according to Robert H. Hale, Jr. & Associates.