Excerpt from Attorney Ralph Behr’s Book. Can a Police Lie to Me? What is a Felony?

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50 ‘most charged’ crimes defined

What is a FELONY?

A felony is any crime which is punishable by one year or more in prison.

Felonies are divided into degrees.

Felonies also carry a loss of civil rights:

 

  • -the right to vote
  • -the right to hold elected office
  • -the right to own a firearm
  • -some require you register with the local sheriff
  • -some professions disqualify felons.

In several states, conviction of a sex crime or sexually motivated crime can result in civil commitment after incarceration. Civil commitment means you can be returned to prison for indefinite term if a jury finds you a continuing risk of recidivism for sex crimes.