In general, a felony can be defined as any criminal offense that results in a prison of one year or longer. Felonies tend to be crimes that involve violence and are considered harmful or dangerous to society. Felonies also include some of the most serious types of crimes that a person can commit, such as first-degree murder and drug dealing.  Felonies are the most serious crimes. Prosecutors and the judges handle felony cases far differently from misdemeanor cases as misdemeanor cases that have shorter possible sentences.

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What Are Examples of Felonies

Examples of felonies include the following:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Drug dealing
  • Burglary
  • Kidnapping
  • White collar crimes
  • Arson
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Robbery
  • Manslaughter
  • Auto theft
  • Generally acts of violence

Felony Sentences

Several factors can affect the sentence for a felony conviction. Such elements can function both ways. For instance, a court might be much laxer when issuing a penalty for a novice culprit, specifically, if the felony was a non-violent criminal offense. In contrast, the judge will probably not reduce a sentence if the defendant is a repeat culprit, and the felony devoted resulted in severe harm to one more individual.

The court can also minimize a sentence if the defendant elevates effective protection. For example, if the offender is charged with a felony attack, however, the victim knowingly consented to the act; after that, the accused can assert permission as a protection and potentially obtain their sentence reduced.