What is a Class A Felony : Sentence and Penalties for Class H Felony

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 H felonies are the second-to-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 H felonies may involve:

First-degree forgery

This is committed when a person has created, altered, or possessed counterfeit:

  • any financial instruments, including bank notes or other currency;
  • wills, deeds, leases, promissory notes, or any order for the payment of money or;
  • delivery of goods;
  • corporate stock, bonds, or other securities, or;
  • educational certificates, diplomas, licenses or other similar documents.

Use of a laser device towards an aircraft

In the United States, it is legal to own laser of any power. However, a laser of over 5mW of power that is used for pointing purposes is illegal. This is especially the case when in the presence of an aircraft, as this can jeopardize the safety of the pilot and the passengers.

Sentencing, Prior Criminal Record

Class H felony: 4 to 25 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.