Common felonies are drug abuse violations, driving while intoxicated, violent crime, selling alcohol to a minor, and weapons possession, according to Schatz Anderson and Associates. In the United States, felony crimes are punishable by death or imprisonment by at least one year in prison, notes HG.org. This distinguishes felonies from misdemeanors, which are punishable by less than one year in jail.
Drug possession can result in a felony charge and is one of the most common types of felonies, explains Schatz Anderson and Associates. Possession of more than 16 ounces of marijuana can result in a felony charge. Possession of any amount of heroin, illegally acquired prescriptions drugs, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy and psilocybin mushrooms can result in a felony charge. Cultivation, trafficking and manufacture of illegal drugs are drug-related felony charges, as is metabolite DUI. Auto theft, burglary, larceny, arson, and theft fall under property crimes and can result in a felony charge.
Murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and assault are felony violent crimes, states Schatz Anderson and Associates. Possession of a weapon can exacerbate existing charges and by itself can result in a felony charge if the weapon is unlicensed. In some cases, felony charges can be reduced to misdemeanors based on criminal history, willingness to cooperate, and through the expertise of a lawyer, explains HG.org.