Key Concepts

  • When a defendant is sentenced to intermediate or community punishment, the term of imprisonment must be suspended and the defendant must be placed on probation.
  • Intermediate punishment requires supervised probation.
  • Probation for community punishment may be supervised or unsupervised.
  • The period of probation that may be ordered depends on the offense (felony misdemeanor, or DWI) and the type of punishment (Community or Intermediate) and can range from six months to five years.
  • A defendant on probation must comply with the conditions of probation ordered by the court; if the defendant violates those conditions, he or she may be subject to a modification of the conditions, confinement in response to the violation, or revocation of probation and activation of the suspended sentence.
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The PDF displayed in this entry is an excerpt from the 2018 North Carolina Sentencing Handbook, by James M. Markham and Shea Riggsbee Denning.