felony

(redirected from felonies)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Encyclopedia.
Related to felonies: Convicted felon

Felony

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.

felony

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)

felony

noun capital crime, crime graver than a missemeanor, criminal activity, criminal offense, gross offense, heinous crime, heinous misconduct, illegality, indictable offense, misdeed punishable by imprisonment, offense, offense punishable by imprisonment, transgression, violation of law, wrongdoing
Associated concepts: assault with intent to commit felony, capital felony, common law felony, compounding a felony, felonious intent, felony conviction, felony murder, substantive felony
Foreign phrases: Felonia, ex vi termini significat quodlibet capitale crimen felleo animo perpetratum.Felony by forceof the term, signifies any capital crime perpetrated with a criminal mind. Felonia implicatur in qualibet proditione. Felony is implied in every treason.
See also: burglary, crime, delict, homicide, housebreaking, misdeed

felony

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
In so holding, the court in Shock explicitly overruled both Jennings and Nueslein, (73) Shortly after the decision in Shock, the Missouri legislature amended the murder statute by explicitly limiting predicate felonies to a short list of enumerated felonies.
Such a test would be inconsistent with the underlying rule that only felonies "inherently dangerous to human life" are sufficiently indicative of a defendant's culpable mens rea to warrant application of the felony-murder rule.
1996) (indentifying one of the original purposes of the felony-murder rule as deterring the commission of "certain felonies in a dangerous or violent way").
section] 3559(a), which treats a felony (in different grades) as a federal offense punishable by more than one year in prison, (36) and does not broadly define felony as including crimes classified by a state as felonies if they are punishable by no more than one year in prison when prosecuted in federal court.
In 1999, the unit handled 1556 cases--306 felonies, 188 internal affairs investigations, 232 intelligence cases; 303 agency assists, 27 K-9 actions, and 500 complaint reports.
The bill provides that, subject to appropriations, all persons arrested for any of the following felony offenses will be required to submit a DNA sample at the time they are booked into a jail, correctional facility or juvenile facility: beginning January 1, 2011, all felonies defined by chapters 782 (murder), 784 (assault and battery), 794 (sexual battery) and 800 (lewd or lascivious offenses); beginning January 1, 2013, all felonies defined by chapters 810 (burglary and trespass) and 812 (theft and robbery); beginning January 1, 2015, all felonies defined by chapters 787 (kidnapping) and 790 (firearm offenses); beginning January 1, 2017, all felonies defined by chapter 893 (controlled substances); and beginning January 1, 2019, all felony offenses.
A lot of the crimes we prosecute as misdemeanors in Los Angeles would in fact be felonies in other jurisdictions.
Moreover, firearm cases need the same follow-up investigation that other serious felonies require, including such basic procedures as interviewing all potential witnesses and tracing all firearms.
I was surprised that the charges were filed or any charges were filed as felonies.
Prior to the creation of the task force, automobile thieves usually were charged with one of two crimes: Theft of vehicle or burglary of vehicle, both third-degree felonies.
From April to June - Lopez's first three months on the job - the prosecutor's office has filed 100 more felonies than during the same time span of 2002, and averaged well above the monthly norm.