A felony is a crime punishable by imprisonment in excess of one year. This classification is based upon the crime’s potential sentence, so a crime remains classified as a felony even if a defendant convicted of a felony receives a sentence of one year or less.
1Felonies are more serious crimes and, as such, carry more severe sentences.
2 Felonies can also hinder employment, student aid and the ability to obtain or maintain a pistol permit.
It is important to seek legal advice if you are charged with a felony, as there can be far-reaching consequences than may not be readily apparent.