North Carolina misdemeanors are assigned to one of four classes— Class A1, 1, 2, and 3—from most to least serious. North Carolina’s sentencing is based on a sentencing range for the crime’s misdemeanor classification and the person’s prior conviction level—your criminal history record. Once your prior conviction level is established, the judge would sentence you based on the range of sentence for the misdemeanor classification that your crime falls within. If your prior criminal history fell within a Level II or Level III conviction level, your sentence would be more severe than if you were classified into Level I.