Liquidating charges north carolina
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15A-304, requires only that a magistrate be “supplied with sufficient information, supported by oath or affirmation” to find probable cause.
As most readers know, it is common in North Carolina for private citizens to seek the issuance of an arrest warrant or a summons.
I have long thought that this was a distinctive feature of North Carolina law, but it seems to be somewhat more common than I believed. Pol’y 357 (1986) (stating that “[c]ourts generally grant the public prosecutor the exclusive power to initiate criminal proceedings,” and stating that “[w]here the right of a private citizen to file a criminal complaint has been recognized, it is generally statutorily based and limited to prosecution of specified crimes,” otherwise, “no private citizen can initiate a criminal proceeding, even for a misdemeanor”). I don’t know exactly how many states allow private citizens to initiate criminal charges.
Like North Carolina Misdemeanors, North Carolina Felonies encompasses a large number of charges and sentencing ranges.
Unlike misdemeanors, a felony conviction carries with it more punishment then just higher times on probation/in jail.