North Carolina’s felonies can be classified into different “classes” that are used to determine the extent of the punishment to be given to a certain person. Class I felonies are the lowest in the class ranking..
This is a low level felony, and may not carry mandatory jail time. Property-related crimes such as felony larceny, embezzlement and obtaining property via false pretenses can be considered low-level felonies. Class I felonies may involve:
Making terrorist threats
This occurs if someone makes a threat to commit a crime that would result in the death, terror, serious injury, or serious physical property damage. However, a person can make a “threat” simply through innuendo and even body language. But the threat itself must specifically threaten death, or serious injury or property damage.
This occur if a person does the following acts to an aggrieved party or upon a minor child residing with or in the custody of the aggrieved party, by a person with whom the aggrieved party has or has had a personal relationship with. This does not include acts of self-defense. The acts are:
- Attempts to cause bodily harm, or intentionally causing bodily injury
- Placing the aggrieved party or a member of the party’s family in fear of imminent serious bodily injury or harassment
Sentencing, Prior Criminal Record
Class I felony: 3 to 12 months
For any felony offense aside from Class A felonies, North Carolina’s courts also have to assess a person’s prior criminal record level. These convictions are worth “points,” which can determine the overall sentence of a person.
Each prior Class H or I felony conviction: 2 points
Each prior misdemeanor conviction: 1 point
Statute of Limitations
Others may ask about what are called “statute of limitations.” These give prosecutors only a limited amount of time to file criminal charges. Once someone commits a crime, prosecutors must file the charges within a legally established limit. If a prosecutor misses this, the charge can no longer be filed.
However, North Carolina is one of the very few states that do not have such a time limit.
Those who would like to know more about the specifics of crimes in North Carolina may contact lawyers and legal experts from nearby courts for consultations.