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felony

A crime that carries the possibility of a sentence in excess of one year.Violation of some real estate laws is classified as a felony.

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Second, the felony-murder rule aims to deter criminals from committing the felony itself, especially when dangerous.
MODERN STATE APPROACHES TO DURESS AND FELONY MURDER
Courts in six states--Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, and Washington--have ruled to reject duress as a potential defense to felony murder.
The Missouri Supreme Court incorporated the common law rule against allowing the duress defense for felony murder in State v.
describes various forms that the felony murder rule takes in different
The Conclusion recognizes that retaining the felony murder rule is
a great deal depends upon which version of the felony murder doctrine
FOR AND AGAINST THE FELONY MURDER RULE: THE WELL-WORN ARGUMENTS
because many states punished simple possession of illegal drugs as a felony (even though possession was, if a first offense, "punishable under the Controlled Substance Act" only in the sense that it was treated as a misdemeanor under 21 U.
INS, (22) the first court to address the issue provided alternative rationales for its decision that an alien's Rhode Island felony convictions for simple possession qualified as drug trafficking.
Thus the First Circuit's initial rationale was specific to the facts of the case before it: Amaral had three sequential prior state felony convictions for simple possession of drugs, which meant that he could have been prosecuted (in the second and third cases) as a felony drug offender under federal law.
Moreover, possession is a felony under the applicable state law.