Felony

  1. What is a Felony?
  2. What is the sentence / punishment for a Felony?
  1. What is a Felony?

    A felony is any crime that is punishable by death or imprisonment in state prison (i.e., more than one year behind bars). Cal. Pen. Code s. 17 (a) Opens in New Window .

  2. What is the sentence / punishment for a Felony?

    Felonies are crimes punishable by confinement in the state prison or by death. If the statute violated says it is a felony or requires state prison time but does not designate the length of prison time, the sentencing options are 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years. PC 18 Opens in New Window . If the statute says that the punishment is confinement in state prison or a fine, the statute is a "wobbler" and could be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on how it is charged by the district attorney or sentenced by the judge.

See also, Infraction, Misdemeanor, Wobbler.