J.D. Byers has tried and won cases in all trial court levels in the State of North Carolina.  If your freedom and future, or a loved one’s future well-being, is at stake due to a misdemeanor charge, please contact us today. Arranging a free initial consultation with Winston-Salem, North Carolina, attorney J.D. Byers may be the best step you can take under these stressful circumstances.

A proven criminal defense attorney, Forsyth County based J.D. Byers is well-equipped to assess any criminal case, with 25 years of experience defending people charged with all types of misdemeanors, including:

  • Assault and Assault on a Female
  • Larceny
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Shoplifting/Concealment of Goods
  • Driving with revoked license
  • Failure to return rental property
  • Trespass
  • 50B Violations
  • Resisting a Police/Law Enforcement Officer
  • Communicating Threats
  • Possession of Stolen Goods
  • Prostitution

Explanation of North Carolina Misdemeanor Classifications

Misdemeanors in North Carolina are divided into four classes – A1, 1, 2, and 3, depending on the relative severity of the offense alleged.

A Class A1 misdemeanor is the most serious class of misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of 150 days in jail  and fines are at the discretion of the Court. Class A1 misdemeanors include assault on a female, assault on a government employee, violation of a restraining order, assault with a deadly weapon, and sexual battery.

A Class 1 misdemeanors carries a maximum penalty of 120 days in jail and fines are at the discretion of the Court. Class 1 misdemeanors include larceny, possession of stolen goods, possession of drug paraphernalia, damage to realty or chattels, communicating threats, prostitution, and Driving with a revoked license (DWLR) if you were revoked for a previous impaired driving offense.

A Class 2 misdemeanors carries a maximum penalty of sixty (60) days in jail and fines are at the discretion of the Court (capped at $1,000). Class 2 misdemeanors include simple assault/battery/affray, resisting a law enforcement officer, and carrying a concealed weapon.

A Class 3 misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of twenty (20) days in jail and fines are at the discretion of the Court (capped at $200). Class 3 misdemeanors include concealment of goods in a store, driving with an open alcohol container, littering, possession of marijuana (< ½ oz.), and violations of municipal ordinances.