an offense, as murder or burglary, of graver character than those called misdemeanors, especially those commonly punished in the U.S. by imprisonment for more than a year.
Early English Law. any crime punishable by death or mutilation and forfeiture of lands and goods.
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How to use felony in a sentence
Election officials are required by law to periodically update their records, removing individuals who have moved away, died or been newly convicted of a felony.ProPublica’s Pandemic Guide to Making Sure Your Vote Counts | by Susie Armitage | September 16, 2020 | ProPublica
Proposition 20 would allow prosecutors to charge certain non-violent offenses as a felony and would establish new types of crimes, making it harder for those people to qualify for early release.
It wasn’t, and their armed display resulted in felony charges.How an overload of riot porn is driving conflict in the streets | Bobbie Johnson | September 3, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Sullivan is charged with obstruction of justice and failing to report his knowledge of a felony.Ex-Uber security chief accused of covering up hacking | Verne Kopytoff | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
With the racial disparities in the prosecution of felonies coming increasingly under fire, 13 states now prohibit private employers from asking about criminal history, according to the National Employment Law Project.Please avoid this biased hiring practice during the economic recovery | Sara Nadel | July 14, 2020 | Quartz
There is no requirement for a member of Congress to resign after pleading guilty to a felony.
Beebe was arrested in January 2006 and charged with two counts of felony rape.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything | Liz Seccuro | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The crime stats for the 5th Precinct took an uptick as Linsker was booked on charges that included felony assault.
Today it would be considered a felony, classifying him as a “two-timer” and therefore ineligible for special release.
If this were accurate, it would mean that the Wilson stopped Brown over a minor offense, not a felony.
The judge reserved the case till he could determine whether the crime was felony or only a misdemeanor.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
In 1434 the Legislature enacted that the making of gold or silver should be treated as a felony.Witch, Warlock, and Magician | William Henry Davenport Adams
The pro-slavery Legislature made it a felony to circulate anti-slavery publications, or to deny the right to hold slaves.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year | Edwin Emerson
Poaching is not yet made felony; but there is no saying how soon it may be made so, if the crime be persisted in.
Subsequent to the passing of the Act of 1586 the method of execution would have been that for felony.Irish Witchcraft and Demonology | St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour
British Dictionary definitions for felony
(formerly) a serious crime, such as murder or arson. All distinctions between felony and misdemeanour were abolished in England and Wales in 1967
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Cultural definitions for felony
A grave crime, such as murder, rape, or burglary, that is punishable by death (see capital offense) or imprisonment in a state or federal facility.
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