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A serious crime, characterized under federal law and many state statutes as any offense punishable by death or imprisonment in excess of one year.

Under the early Common Law, felonies were crimes involving moral turpitude, those which violated the moral standards of a community. Later, however, crimes that did not involve mortal turpitude became included in the definition of a felony.Presently many state statutes list various classes of felonies with penalties commensurate with the gravity of the offense. Crimes classified as felonies include, among others, Treason, Arson, murder, rape, Robbery, Burglary, Manslaughter, and Kidnapping.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. 1) 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. 2) a crime carrying a minimum term of one year or more in state prison, since a year or less can be served in county jail. However, a sentence upon conviction for a felony may sometimes be less than one year at the discretion of the judge and within limits set by statute. Felonies are sometimes referred to as "high crimes" as described in the U. S. Constitution. (See: sentence, misdemeanor)

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a now archaic term of English law for crimes that by statute or by common law carried the death sentence and forfeiture on conviction. See MISDEMEANOUR. In some US states this still denotes more serious imprisonable crimes.
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(26) Specifically, certain restrictive legal constructs curtail the civic freedoms of a convicted felon. (27) Moreover, "collateral sanctions" (28) or "discretionary disqualifications" (29) are "often unknown to the offenders to [whom] they apply." (30) Included in this '"national crazy quilt of disqualifications and restoration procedures"' (31) are legislative provisions that categorically limit or eliminate a convicted felon's chance to serve on a jury.
It is equally outrageous that a circuit judge would use his political position to advocate for admission of a convicted felon. I doubt the victims of the burglary/theft case in which she was convicted would share the same sentiment.
(225) Applying Hunter's two-prong test, a convicted felon in Virginia could challenge the restoration of civil rights process on equal protection grounds if he shows by a preponderance of the evidence that the law is based on a discriminatory purpose and that it disparately impacts the African American community.
The checks that take longer are 20 times more likely to uncover a convicted felon. Currently, unlike nearly all arrest records, many conviction records are not computerized and are often kept in courthouse paper files.
A 33-year-old male, who had an extensive criminal history and was on probation for a previous charge, was captured about 4 hours after the shooting and charged with Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Firearm/Knife During a Crime.
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Santana, whose real name is LaRon James, was sentenced Wednesday in Newark, New Jersey, to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft.
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Patel testified that he didn't speak to Alexander specifically that day but made the announcement clear to all employees.<br />Alexander, who was a convicted felon prior to his employment at Firehouse Subs, clocked out of work that day at 1:49 p.m.