What is a Class H felony in North Carolina?


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An example of a Class H felony in the state of North Carolina is first-degree forgery. Persons can also be convicted under Class H for directing a laser at an aircraft. Prison sentences in North Carolina for a conviction under a Class H felony typically range from four months up to 25 months.

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Under North Carolina law, a person may be convicted of a Class H felony by forging legal documents such as a last will and testament, the deed to a home or a lease of some type. Individuals who sell forged items of any type, and of any value amount, can also be convicted under Class H felony laws. As with other forgery crimes, sentencing varies and may or may not include a monetary fine in addition to prison time.

In North Carolina, each class of felony equals a certain number of points. Class H felonies are worth two points each for any prior counts. In addition to points, courts in North Carolina also consider a defendant's legal disposition range. A presumptive range is standard. Aggravated range means there are added offenses considered cruel or unusual. The mitigating range looks at other factors that may lessen the impact of a crime. Points and range can add or decrease sentence length.

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