Originating from early English common law, a felony is a serious crime in the system of criminal law. Most individuals regard felonies as harmful and inherently dangerous acts with profound consequences to society. A person convicted of a felony is often referred to as a felon. In the United States, substantive criminal law, which defines crimes and sets forth penalties, describes a felony as a crime punishable by one year or more of incarceration in prison or in a penitentiary or by death. Examples of felonies include but are not ...

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