It's a Class E felony, punishable by up to 88 months in prison.
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Knowing the potential punishment requires a complete understanding of the defendant's record. The harshest sentence available for a Class E felony in North Carolina is 63 months minimum to 94 months maximum in prison. However, very few people qualify for such a harsh sentence. In order to receive that sentence, the defendant would have to have a long list of prior convictions. A defendant with a clean record could receive a sentence of as much as 31 to 56 months in prison or as little as 15 to 36 months. More to the point, someone with a clean record is not required to receive a prison sentence. That is about as definite as we can be without knowing more detail.
I urge the defendant facing such as serious charge to seek an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Having a savvy advocate in your corner when dealing with such cases can make a huge difference. Take a look at this video for more on that issue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VwJ7uxMEPk
Best of luck!