Felony (Ro.: infracțiune gravă/ cu un grad ridicat de pericol social, Gr.: κακούργημα, Cz.: zločin) (See also: misdemeanour, crime, homicide, delinquency,  maleficence) = a crime considered as being serious or grave. 

In most legal systems, ‘felony’ refers to a crime which is more serious than a ‘misdemeanour’, being punishable by imprisonment or, in several legal systems, with death. For example, these are considered to be felonies: murder, rape, kidnapping, arson, burglary, robbery, theft. 


Useful links

Legislation - Criminal Justice Act 2003 - Criminal Code of Germany

Article 18 of the Greek Criminal Code [Greek]

Organizations and associations - National Organization for Victim Assistance - The National Centre for Victims of Crime - The National H.I.R.E Network


Birder, Guyora, 2012, Felony Murder, USA, Stanford University Press

Champion, Dean J, 1988, Felony probation: problems and prospects, New York, Praeger

Online Publications - Bergman, Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Infractions: Classifying Crimes, Nolo Law for all


By Ioana Bărăian