The typical sentence for a felony is at least one year in jail. Felonies are the most serious offenses against humanity and include crimes such as murder, rape, burglary, kidnapping and arson.
According to Lawyers.com, felonies are classified according to what is threatened: human life or property. Hence the distinction: Class A or Class B felonies. The severity of the punishment depends on the seriousness of the crime. First degree robbery, which involves the use of a gun or knife may carry a 20- year prison term, whereas second degree robbery, which does not involve the use of a deadly weapon, may warrant a 10-year prison sentence, says Lawyers.com.