Felony meaning

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Each type of felony is classified using a degree ranking. This degree ranking uses a letter or a number, and the rank determines how serious the crime is. These rankings usually differ from state to state; however, violent felonies are often considered more serious crimes than non violent crimes.
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A grave or serious form of crime, typically punishable by imprisonment for more than a year, as opposed to a misdemeanor.
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A non-violent crime - a crime in which the individual who committed the crime did not present a serious risk of injury to another individual. For example, possession of an illegal substance is considered a non-violent felony.
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The definition of a felony is a major crime with a minimum penalty of one year in prison.
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A major crime, as murder, arson, or rape, for which statute usually provides a greater punishment than for a misdemeanor: the usual minimum penalty is imprisonment for one year.
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There are two different types of felonies:
  • A violent crime - a crime in which the individual who committed the crime presented a serious risk of injury to another individual. For example, a crime in which the individual used a gun or a weapon would be considered a violent felony.
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One of several serious crimes, such as murder, rape, or robbery, punishable by a more stringent sentence than that given for a misdemeanor.
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After an individual is released from prison after committing a felony, he or she still suffers consequences from the government:
  • The individual may lose their right to vote.
  • The individual may not be eligible for certain licenses.
  • The individual may be deported.

An example of felony is rape, arson, or kidnapping.

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Any of several crimes in early English law that were punishable by forfeiture of land or goods and by capital or other serious punishment.
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(US, law) A serious criminal offense, which, under federal law, is punishable by death or imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.
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Origin of felony

  • Old French felonie (“evil, immoral deed”), from felon (“evildoer”). Ultimately of Germanic origin. More at felon.

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