A felony is a serious crime. The word comes from the medieval French word "félonie." The original term described crimes of confiscation of land or goods, but can now refer to many different serious infractions of the law... More »

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The difference between misdemeanors and felonies are that if the law for a crime has a punishment of incarceration for longer than a year, most states define it as a felony, Nolo says. If the punishment is for one year o... More »

The types of crimes considered felonies include rape, arson, assault and murder, Attorneys.com says. Assault includes threatening physical harm or violence with a weapon. Battery occurs when a person inflicts physical ha... More »

A capital felony is a serious crime that has the death penalty as a potential punishment, according to About.com. In the United States, crimes punishable by the death penalty vary by jurisdiction, as stated by Bureau of ... More »

A crime is classified as an unlawful activity by the state, such as a felony or misdemeanor, while deviance is nonobservance of the norms set by the majority of society. Deviance can be criminal or noncriminal, whereas c... More »

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A third degree felony is a crime that carries a penalty of 2 to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. Some examples of third degree felonies in Texas include possession of 5 to 50 pounds of marijuana and ... More »

The difference between misdemeanors and felonies are that if the law for a crime has a punishment of incarceration for longer than a year, most states define it as a felony, Nolo says. If the punishment is for one year o... More »