An offense so designated by law or punishable by death or confinement in a penitentiary. A person convicted of a felony offense is: (1) disqualified to serve as a petit juror; (2) ineligible for public office in this state unless pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities; and (3) not allowed to vote unless properly discharged from parole or community supervision and at least two years have elapsed from the date of discharge.
a crime which, among other sanctions, could result in a sentence to the state penitentiary for one year or more, and a misdemeanor is a crime which, among other sanctions, could result in a sentence to jail of not more than twelve months
a criminal offense punishable by death or by incarceration in a state or federal confinement facility for a period of which the lower limit is prescribed, by stature in a given jurisdiction, typically one year or more
The most serious category of criminal offenses. With penalties of imprisonment ranging from a year and a day to life, or in some states, punishable by death. In Minnesota, a felony is a crime punishable by imprisonment of more than one year, with or without a fine.
A criminal offense which can be punished by confinement in the penitentiary. A crime is a felony if it is designated by law as a felony. In addition to other penalities, felons lose their rights to vote, hold public office, serve on juries and carry concealed weapons.
An offense punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year or by death. ung Jury A jury so divided in opinion that it is unable to reach a unanimous verdict. dictment A formal written accusation presented by the Grand Jury alleging that an individual or a corporation named has committed a specified offense, usually a felony.
The offense classification designating the more severe crimes. For purposes of sentencing, classified felonies are designated as one of three classes: Class A, Class B, and Class C, with Class A felonies subject to the longest terms of confinement.
the most serious type of criminal offense; punishable by more than two years in prison, however, the prison term can be suspended in some cases. Example of felony charges are: burglary, murder, robbery, and unlawful sexual intercourse.
A type of crime, which is of a relatively serious nature, usually various offenses in various jurisdictions for which the maximum penalty can be death or imprisonment in the state penitentiary regardless of such lesser penalty as may in fact be imposed.
In part, Barron's Law Dictionary refers to a "felony" as a "generic term employed to distinguish certain high crimes from minor offenses known as misdemeanors". Statutes often define felony in terms of an offense punishable (or punished in fact) by death or imprisonment generally, or by death or imprisonment for more than one year.
A serious crime, such as murder, rape or burglary, for which there is a stricter sentence given than for a misdemeanor. Felonies are usually categorized by degrees. 1st degree felonies are the most serious class (with the highest fines and penalties), 2nd degree felonies are less serious, and so on. Many states treat DUIs that cause serious bodily injury as a 3rd degree felony. If there has been a death as a result of the DUI, it might be classified as a 1st or 2nd degree felony, depending on the prosecutor and the situation.
a serious crime, which is punishable by imprisonment of at least one year, or by execution, or by fine or both fine and imprisonment. It is distinguished from a misdemeanor as the maximum imprisonment for a misdemeanor is less than one year.
A very serious offense that if committed by an adult would result in being sent to prison. Minors, unless certified to stand trial as an adult, by law are not charged with criminal offenses but with delinquencies. If a minor commits an offense that would be considered a felony if they were an adult, the minor may be placed on probation or custody given to the Division of Youth Corrections.
A felony is a major crime for which the maximum imprisonment is more than one year in a state correctional institution. The court may also impose a fine. Felonies are classified into four categories: capital, 1st degree, 2nd degree, and 3rd degree. Guardian Ad Litem: A lawyer appointed by a court to represent the "best interests of the child" or incompetent person during court proceedings.
A major crime usually punishable by a fine and/or a prison sentence. In Indiana, examples of felonies are assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, murder, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.
a serious crime, punishable by more than one year in prison (along with fines, probation, and other consequences). Crimes are typically felonies when they are more serious in nature (involving harm to others, larger quantities of drugs, etc.) or repeat offenses. For instance, most states make a second-offense DUI a felony if it occurs within a certain period of time after the first.
In feudal law, any grave violation of the feudal contract between lord and vassal. Later it was expanded in common law to include any crime against the King's peace and has come to mean any serious crime. Example: Murder is now a Felony, taking the burden off prosecution from the victim's family and giving it to the crown. (MEDIEV-L. Medieval Terms) A serious crime such as murder, arson, rape, highway robbery: the convicted felon forfeits lands and goods and is sentenced to lose "life or member". (Hogue, Arthur R. Origins of the Common Law, 256)
Any offense punishable by death or imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year is a felony. An example of a felony would be 18 U.S.C. 1855, Wildlands Arson. This felony is punishable by a fine of $5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 5 years, or both.
A crime sufficiently serious to be punishable by death or a term in state or federal prison, as distinguished from a misdemeanor which is only punishable by confinement to county or local jail and/or a fine.
In common law, any crime which occasioned the forfeiture of land or goods of the offender, on conviction, and which carried the death penalty. The distinction between a felony and a misdemeanour is now abolished.
Any criminal offense that is punishable under the laws of this state, or that would be punishable if committed in this state, by death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary. "State penitentiary" includes state correctional facilities.
A public offense is a felony of a particular class when the statute defining the crime declares it to be a felony. Felonies are class "A" felonies, class "B" felonies, class "C" felonies and class "D" felonies. Where the statute defining the offense declares it to be a felony but does not state what class of felony it is or provide for a specific penalty, that felony shall be a class "D" felony. Category: Police
An offense for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in excess of one year may be imposed. For the purpose of sentence, felonies are divided into five categories or classes: A, B, C, D and E felonies. Class A felonies are divided into two sub-categories: A-I and A-II felonies. Class A felonies carry the longest jail sentences and class E felonies carry the shortest jail sentences for felony cases. Jail sentences for misdemeanor and violations or infractions are even shorter.
A criminal offense that is punishable by death or by incarceration in a state or federal prison, generally for one year or more. The determination of which crimes are considered felonies varies from state to state.
A serious crime for which the punishment is prison for more than a year or death. Crimes of less gravity are called misdemeanours. This term is no longer used in England or other Commonwealth countries but remains a major distinction in the United States. Historically, in England, the term referred to crimes for which the punishment was the loss of land, life or a limb.
A crime considered to be of a grave nature and subject to severe penalties. For example, in most jurisdictions felonies include murder, kidnapping, manslaughter, burglary, robbery, and other grievous crimes. Iowa law provides for four classes of felonies, ranging from class "D," the least serious, to class "A," the most serious.
A serious crime (contrasted with misdemeanors and infractions, less serious crimes), usually punishable by a prison term of more than one year or, in some cases, by death. For example, murder, extortion and kidnapping are felonies; a minor fist fight is usually charged as a misdemeanor, and a speeding ticket is generally an infraction.
The term felony is a term used in common law systems for very serious crimes, whereas misdemeanors are considered to be less serious offenses. It is principally used in criminal law in the United States legal system.
Conversion (Fraudulent Conversion) Similar to embezzlement or theft. An example of felony conversion is if someone sold goods for a company, and kept the money instead of turning it in to the company. (North Carolina)