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What is structured sentencing?

North Carolina follows a method of structured sentencing for criminal convictions. Under this system, offenders are classified based on:

  • The severity of the crime committed
  • The extent and severity of the defendant’s prior criminal record.

In many states, judges are required to assign specific sentences in response to particular crimes. However, the structured sentencing method gives judges more flexibility to assign sentences of differing lengths and types.

If you have been charged with DWI, a qualified Raleigh DWI attorney from the Law Office of Jim Black can help you build a strong defense. To speak with a lawyer today, contact our offices at 919-600-4609.


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