Felony Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Felony.

Felony (noun): A type of crime considered severe in the legal system, usually carrying a minimum sentence of over one year in a state or federal prison. Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors, which are typically punished with local jail terms or fines. A felony conviction can result in less than one year's sentencing if a judge determines it, though it is traditionally associated with longer prison terms or even capital punishment. This class of crimes is also often referred to as "high crimes."