Earlier this year,  NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown was charged with the felony of burglary with battery and the misdemeanors of burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief.  Yesterday, Brown entered a plea of no contest, and as a result of that plea, he will not receive jail time.  However, Brown will be on probation for two years with the following terms and conditions:

1. He has to complete 100 hours of community service.
2. He has to obtain a psychological evaluation.
3. He must attend a 13-week anger management program.
4. He must not have any contact with the victims.

The most interesting part of this disposition, and the aspect which is most beneficial to Antonio Brown, is that the sentencing judge withheld adjudication in this case, which is a resolution within the discretion of the judge under Florida law.

As a result, he will not have a criminal record for these charges as long as he successfully completes his probation.

Getting charged with crime does not always mean that you’re going to jail.  In fact, getting charged with a crime does not mean that you will automatically be convicted.  The State bears the burden of proving its case, and that burden means that your guilty must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Although Brown’s case occurred in Florida, many states have laws and policies which allow defendants to resolve their cases and avoid a criminal record by completing certain types of probation.  North Carolina is one of those states, and in some circumstances, depending on the facts, circumstances, prior criminal record, and applicable case law, you may qualify for a plea agreement that leads to no criminal conviction on your record through a conditional discharge or a deferred prosecution.

North Carolina criminal charges, both felony and misdemeanor cases, can have serious penalties and consequences. If you are charged in Winston-Salem with a North Carolina crime,  you need to speak with a Winston-Salem, Forsyth County criminal defense attorney.

Please call our office at (336) 725-6559 for a free consultation with an experienced Winston-Salem criminal defense attorney with knowledge about your criminal charges to review your case and to discuss your options.