What Is a Second Degree Felony?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 24, 2020 6:00:27 PM ET

In the United States, a second-degree felony is a serious crime, such as manslaughter and robbery, for which the penalty includes prison and fines, according to EnlightenMe. Other examples of second-degree felonies include child molestation, child pornography, sexual assault, aggravated assault, arson, possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespassing.