Felony Levels in Raleigh, North Carolina

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Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney, Michelle Sparrow, demonstrates the varying levels of felonies in North Carolina.

In the state of North Carolina, felonies are organized into 10 categories, with Class A Felony being the most serious offenses and Class I being the least:

  1. Class A Felony
  2. Class B1 Felony
  3. Class B2 Felony
  4. Class C Felony
  5. Class D Felony
  6. Class E Felony
  7. Class F Felony
  8. Class G Felony
  9. Class H Felony
  10. Class I Felony

In terms of sentencing, North Carolina operates off of a grid system to determine a sentence. This grid uses two main criteria for sentencing: felony class and prior record of the individual charged with the offense. Not taking into account prior record or any additional information about the crime, a Class A felony will always be sentenced to death or life without parole, whereas a Class I might be sentenced to 3-12 months.

Class A felonies are the only felonies where prior record will not be taken into account in the determination of sentencing. An example of a Class A felony would be murder where a Class F would be involuntary manslaughter. North Carolina is also not subject to statute of limitations regarding felonies.

Occasionally, if you have no prior record, probation may be a viable sentence depending on the nature of the crime and which corresponding felony it is categorized into, as well as any mitigating factors.


If you have been charged with a felony, contact the Raleigh criminal defense attorneys at Sparrow Law Firm for a free consultation.