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The term felon refers to a person convicted of a felony offense. Felony offenses are the most serious criminal offenses and are best understood when contrasted with misdemeanors. The distinction between felony and misdemeanor offenses is typically made by reference to the amount of punishment a person could receive if convicted. Felonies are offenses for which a person can be sentenced to more than one year in prison. Murder, robbery, rape, and burglary are all felony offenses. Some offenses, such as assault, drug possession, and larceny-theft can be charged as felony or misdemeanor offenses.

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