Sentencing Commission Annual Statistical Report - North Carolina Criminal Conviction Data


Sentencing Commission Annual Statistical Report has been released.

Here's a link to the full report.  Here is a summary of the North Carolina misdemeanor data.


Misdemeanor Convictions in North Carolina

During Fiscal Year 2011/12, sentences for 140,833 misdemeanor convictions were imposed under Structured Sentencing. (Note: This number excludes Driving While Impaired convictions, cases disposed of by magistrates, Class 2 and Class 3 criminal traffic offenses, and local ordinance offenses.)

Nine percent of misdemeanor convictions fell into Offense Class A1, 59% fell into Offense Class 1, 15% fell into Offense Class 2, and 17% fell into Offense Class 3.

Thirty-five percent of misdemeanor convictions fell into Prior Conviction Level I (0 points), 40% fell into Prior Conviction Level II (1-4 points), and 25% fell into Prior Conviction Level III (5 or more points).

Seventy-five percent of convictions were for male offenders; 33% of convictions were for offenders under the age of 26; and 47% of convictions were for Black offenders.

Twenty-eight percent of misdemeanor convictions resulted in an Active punishment, 2% resulted in an Intermediate punishment, and 70% resulted in a Community punishment.

Public order offenses accounted for the majority of misdemeanor convictions (46%), while misdemeanor person offenses accounted for the lowest proportion (11%). Convictions for person offenses were most likely to result in an Active punishment (33%). Person offenses resulted in the longest average Active sentences.

Where a specific intermediate sanction was indicated in the AOC database, Special Probation was the most frequently invoked (76%). Offenders who received Special Probation were most likely convicted of a Class 1 offense with Prior Conviction Level III.

Of all misdemeanor offenders who received a Community punishment, 47% received Unsupervised Probation; 35% received Supervised Probation; and 9% were ordered to perform community service, pay restitution and/or a fine as their most serious punishment. The remainder had no sanction specified.


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Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.