What is a Felony?

A felony is the most serious of criminal charges.  They are punishable by fines, imprisonment in state prison or, in the case of capital murder, death.  Some examples of felonies include drug possession, murder, rape, robbery and grand theft.

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  3. […] still a crime. Even if both participants are under 18, it is still a crime! Whether the charge is a felony or a misdemeanor depends on the age difference between the two people having sex. If the age […]

  4. […] The District Attorney has, in most cases, up to three years from the date of the crime to file felony charges and up to a year to file misdemeanor charges. It just means that for some reason, your case […]

  5. […] of a firearm during the commission of a crime.  Under the old law, the use of a firearm during a felony added several years.  After the “10-20-Life” section of 12022.53 came about, prison […]

  6. […] Code section 12020(a) makes it a felony to carry a “dirk or dagger” concealed on your person.  A knife, no matter how big and […]

  7. […] you were doesn’t necessarily mean they can prove it was you.  They will be looking to file felony charges against you for negligent discharge of a firearm, which can carry up to 3 years in state […]

  8. […] you are arrested on a felony charge in California, this is an overview of the stages of the […]

  9. […] a person while on probation was to break the law (something of a felony or misdemeanor level, not just a traffic infraction), then the judge could find them in violation […]

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    […] a person while on probation was to break the law (something of a felony or misdemeanor level, not just a traffic infraction), then the judge could find them in violation […]

  11. […] misdemeanor, the prosecution has up to a year to file charges from the date of the incident.  Most felonies have a three year statute of limitations.  There are some exceptions for sex offenses, minor […]

  12. […] If they cannot show that intent, the burglary charge must be dismissed.  Since burglary is a felony and shoplifting is a misdemeanor, the difference between the two is […]

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  14. What are the laws about knives in California? - January 19, 2011 at 12:25 am

    […] Code section 12020(a) makes it a felony to carry a “dirk or dagger” concealed on your person.  A knife, no matter how big and […]

  15. Theft Crimes in Orange County , CA - February 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    […] the differences between grand theft and petty theft are. The most important is that grand theft (a felony) is theft of over $400 and petty theft is under $400 (a misdemeanor). There are some exceptions […]

  16. […] store. If they cannot show that intent, the burglary charge must be dismissed. Since burglary is a felony and shoplifting is a misdemeanor, the difference between the two is […]

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