What are the fines or penalties for driving on a closed highway under G.S. 136-26 in North Carolina?

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According to the law as written in North Carolina, any person who

willfully drives into new construction work, breaks down, removes, injures or destroys any such barrier or barriers or obstructions on the road closed or being constructed, or tears down, removes or destroys any such notices, or extinguishes, removes, injures or destroys any such warning lights or lanterns so erected, posted or placed, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

A Class 1 misdemeanor in North Carolina carries a maximum of a 45-day prison sentence if one has no previous convictions. With five or more previous convictions, the sentence could reach 120 days in prison. However, sentences could be significantly lowered to a fine, a suspended jail sentence, or some other punishment if there were mitigating circumstances. 

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