North Carolina recognizes misdemeanor and felony assault and battery crimes.

Misdemeanor assault can range from simple assault to assault inflicting serious injury or assault using a deadly weapon. Domestic violence is another type of misdemeanor assault, which carries a maximum misdemeanor punishment of up to 150 days in custody. Domestic violence occurs when two people have a personal relationship and one commits an assault on the other.


Sexual battery is also a form of misdemeanor assault carrying a maximum punishment of 150 days in custody and is defined as any sexual or physical contact committed against a victim for sexual purposes.

Felonious assaults are much more serious in nature and encompass felonious assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflicting serious injury. Punishments for felonious assault are much more severe.

No matter what type of an assault you are charged with, it is important to contact an experienced lawyer immediately to discuss all of your available options and plan a strategic defense.

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