Being accused of a crime is a stressful time, especially if you are being accused of a felony. Felonies are typically more serious than misdemeanors and have stricter punishments. For this reason, it’s important that you fully understand felonies if you are being accused of one. To learn more, check out these three commonly asked questions about felonies.
How Does a Crime Become a Felony?
As far as the federal government is concerned, a felony is any crime that is punishable by one year in jail. However, states may be less strict about this definition, and they typically consider the amount of possible jail time and the location of the jail time (prison versus county jail). In general, most states recognize some crimes as automatic felonies. These include murder, rape, and kidnapping.