Felony in Law Enforcement
Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of felony.
This term is a noun.
Etimology of Felony
c. 1300, “treachery, betrayal; deceit; villainy, wickedness, sin, crime; violent temper, wrath; ruthlessness; evil intention,” from Old French felonie (12c.) “wickedness, evil, treachery, perfidy, crime, cruelty, sin,” from Gallo-Roman *fellonia, from fellonem “evil-doer” (see felon). As a class of crime in common law, also from c. 1300, from Anglo-French. The exact definition changed over time and place, and even the distinction from misdemeanor or trespass is not always observed. In old use often a crime involving forfeiture of lands, goods, or a fee or a crime punishable by death. Variously used in the U.S.; often the sense is “crime punishable by death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary.”
Meaning of Felony in Spanish
Description/ translation of felony into Spanish: (in the law of the United States/ en el derecho de los Estados Unidos) delito grave; = (in the law of England and Wales/ en el derecho de Inglaterra y Gales) indictable offence
Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where felony belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.
Notes and References
- Translation of Felony published by Antonio Peñaranda
- Law Enforcement Officer
- Police Work
- Law Enforcement Agency
- felony in A Dictionary of Law Enforcement (Oxford University Press)
- felony in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement
- A Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis
English Legal System: Felony
In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Felony :
Formerly, an offence more serious than a *misdemeanour. Since 1967 the term has been abandoned (although it is retained in pre-1967 statutes that are still in force) and the law formerly relating to misdemeanours now applies to felonies.
See also arrestable offence; indictable offence; summary offence.
felony: Vocabulary part of speech
Meaning of this part of speech
a major crime (e.g. murder)
felony in an Example Sentence
Murder is considered a felony and is punishable by life in prison.
Felony Meaning in the U.S. Court System
A serious crime carrying a penalty of more than one year in prison. Compare with “misdemeanor.”
Meaning of Felony in the U.S. Legal System
Definition of Felony published by the National Association for Court Management: A crime of a graver nature than a misdemeanor, usually punishable by imprisonment in a penitentiary for more than a year and/or substantial fines.
Felony (Criminal Judicial Process)