Being charged with any type of assault or act of domestic violence is a serious matter in North Carolina. Depending on the type of alleged crime involved, you could be facing jail time, hefty fines, probation, and other penalties. A conviction also leaves you with a permanent criminal record that can be accessed by anyone online; this can damage your future prospects for employment, housing, educational opportunities, and more.
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Assault is a crime that is based on using force or the threat of force on another person. Several types of assault exist under North Carolina Law.
Common assault charges include:
- Simple assault. This type of assault does not involve weapons nor serious injury to the alleged victim. You can be charged with this type of assault without making physical contact with the other person.
- Simple battery. This involves unwanted physical contact with the other person and may include the use of force.
- Affray. This involves two or more people fighting in a public place which can cause others to be afraid.
- Aggravated assault. This charge is based on using a deadly weapon and/or causing serious injury to the alleged victim.
- Aggravated battery. This also involves the use of a deadly weapon intended to harm. It also includes harmful acts against vulnerable victims, such as children, the elderly, or the disabled.
- Sexual assault and battery. This is based on using force, with or without the use of a deadly weapon, for the purpose of having unwanted sexual contact with another.
These above types of assault may be charged at the misdemeanor or felony level, depending on the circumstances. Potential penalties include jail or prison time, fines, community service, restitution to victims, and probation.
Domestic Violence in North Carolina
North Carolina does not have specific laws concerning domestic violence. These cases can fall under the umbrella of assault charges, such as simple assault, assault on a female, assault in the presence of a minor, assault by strangulation, or sexual assault and battery. Examples of other actions taken against a spouse, domestic partner or family member can include making threats, stalking, cyberstalking, criminal trespass, harassment, or violating restraining orders. Penalties are similar to those for assault charges listed above but may also include mandatory abuser treatment counseling, substance abuse counseling, loss of gun rights, loss of your driver’s license, and loss of professional licenses.
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