A felony is the most serious class of criminal offense. They are generally defined as crimes punishable by imprisonment of more than one year, and the prison sentences are usually served in a federal or state penitentiary rather than a county jail. Some examples of felonies include murder, rape, burglary, kidnapping and arson.
Three Strikes Laws
People who repeatedly commit felonies, known as habitual felons, may be subject to enhanced punishments under sentencing guidelines and so-called “three strikes” laws. The federal government and many states impose substantially harsher penalties on a person who has two prior serious criminal felony offenses and is now convicted of a third.