Effective for offenses committed on or after December 1, 2013, § 18B.13.(a) of Session Law 2013-360 amends G.S. 15A-1340.23 to provide that, unless otherwise noted, the maximum punishment for a person who is convicted of a Class 3 misdemeanor and who has no more than three prior convictions shall be a $200 fine. Thus, unless otherwise noted, an indigent defendant who is charged with committing a Class 3 misdemeanor on or after that date and who has no more than three prior convictions will no longer be entitled to appointed counsel and IDS will no longer have authority to pay for appointed representation regardless of the defendant's indigency status.
So this means that pubic defenders and court appointed lawyers will not be made available to those who cannot afford an attorney.
It also means that a $200 fine is the maximum punishment for those charged with minor drug offenses.