Criminal Law

At Capital to Coast NC Law Group, we have the skills and experience to defend you in many misdemeanor criminal matters. You do not have to go through this process alone. Upon your initial consultation, we will give you a criminal defense overview, as well as explain all of the legal decisions you will need to make when facing criminal charges. We assist individuals located in Wake County, Pitt County, Carteret County, and surrounding areas.

We commonly defend individuals against a variety of criminal charges, including:

Drunk and Disorderly Conduct

Merely being intoxicated in public is not a crime, according to North Carolina law. However, it is a crime to be both drunk and disorderly in public. Various types of criminal conduct may include:
  • Refusing to leave an establishment after being ordered to do so
  • Blocking access to a business or disrupting a business
  • Fighting or engaging in conduct that creates the threat of violence
  • Using any language or gestures that are likely to incite fighting or violence
Penalties for drunk and disorderly conduct charges are considered Class 3 misdemeanors and can include an active jail sentence, possible fines, probation, and community service – with subsequent violations leading to felony charges.

Resisting Arrest

If a person willfully and unlawfully resists, delays or obstructs a public officer from performing a duty, they can be charged with resisting, delaying, or obstructing a public officer, also known as resisting arrest or RDO.

The penalty for this is a Class 2 Misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail.


Shoplifting can have significant consequences. Concealing goods in a store or altering price tags and then presenting the goods for purchase are considered misdemeanor offenses. North Carolina categorizes these crimes based on the value taken, with the determining amount value being $1,000. Anything over $1,000 is classified as a felony.

Penalties include a Class H Felony (Larceny of Property to Organized Retail Theft), with most convictions containing a fine, probation, community service, and potential incarceration.


North Carolina law divides criminal trespassing into first and second-degree laws. First-degree trespass involves the defendant entering or remaining on someone else’s property that is enclosed or clearly demonstrates intent to keep out intruders, or in a building owned by someone else. Second-degree trespass involves the defendant entering or remaining without permission on someone else’s property after being notified not to enter by the owner, occupant, or other authorized persons, or where there is a notice posted informing intruders not to enter the property.

The charge that arises from a first-degree trespass is generally a Class 2 misdemeanor, however, that can change depending on the type of building that is trespassed and the intent of the trespasser. Being convicted of second-degree trespass is a Class 3 misdemeanor.

Underage Possession of Alcohol/Underage Drinking Ticket

If you have received a “drinking ticket”, do not just pay it. Our goal is to work towards a dismissal of all charges. Under North Carolina law, a minor does not have the right to purchase, possess, or consume alcohol. Further, they are not permitted to obtain it by knowingly providing false information or to aid other minors in obtaining alcohol. Unless the minor is under the supervision of an educational instructor during the course of a culinary program, working in an occupation that requires the possession of alcohol or participating in the possession or consumption of wine for religious purposes in an organized church, it is illegal for them to physically have alcohol. It is important to know that if you are receiving what is commonly referred to as a “drinking ticket” do not just pay it off. Our goal is to work towards the best outcome possible, which often results in a dismissal or reduction of charges.

If convicted, it is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor with a fine of at least $250 for first-time offenders.

Possession of Marijuana

Despite being a less severe charge than other illicit drugs in North Carolina, the state does not offer exemptions for medical use, and if convicted, does impose a fine.

If you have been charged with possessing less than one half of an ounce, which is a Class 3 misdemeanor, you will face a $200 fine and maximum jail time of 20 days. Further, if you have been charged with possessing between one half of an ounce and less than 1.5 ounces, there is a maximum jail time of 120 days and a fine to be determined by the court. It becomes a felony charge once the defendant is in possession of more than 1.5 ounces.

Driving While License Revoked / DWLR

North Carolina law prohibits individuals from driving a motor vehicle on a public roadway with the knowledge that their drivers’ license has been revoked. It is important to note that “driving” in North Carolina means “having physical control” of a motor vehicle, including when the vehicle is stationary with the engine running.

A conviction for driving with a revoked license is a Class 3 misdemeanor and can include a jail sentence of up to 20 days. However, these penalties increase substantially if the license was revoked after a conviction for DWI.

No Operators License

In North Carolina, you may be given a ticket for no operator’s license if you do not have your license in your possession while driving, if your license is expired, or if you never had a license to drive in North Carolina.

A conviction or plea to NOL is a Class 3 misdemeanor.


Even if you have been charged and convicted of a crime, you may be able to avoid the long-term consequences associated with a criminal record by having it expunged. This is a process that involves a court order being enacted that erases your criminal record. Regarding North Carolina specifically, the purpose of an expungement is to clear your public record of any arrest, criminal charge, or criminal conviction.

Capital to Coast NC Law Group is able to assist individuals with expungements who have been arrested, charged, or convicted of one of the following:

  • Misdemeanor Convictions Under Age 18
  • Drug Charges and Convictions Under Age 22
  • Nonviolent Felony Convictions Under Age 18
  • Nonviolent Felony or Misdemeanor Convictions
  • Prostitution Convictions
  • Charges Not Resulting in a Conviction (when a not guilty or dismissal were given)
The expungement process varies greatly and is a complicated matter, regardless of the charge. The experienced and knowledgeable lawyers at Capital to Coast NC Law Group can help you explore your expungement options.

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