Felony offenses

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Updated: 4/13/2007 6:36 pm
Felonies are more serious crimes than misdemeanors. Robbery, kidnapping, rape, and murder are all examples of felonies. Public drunkenness, resisting arrest, and battery are misdemeanors. However, the same offense might be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on its degree. When a juvenile commits a felony offense, such as murder or rape, or has a long record of serious offenses, the district attorney may ask the judge to allow the juvenile to be tried in regular court as an adult. If the judge permits the juvenile to be tried as an adult, the juvenile can have the right to a jury trial, as well as all the other rights of a person accused of a crime. If a juvenile is found guilty, he or she will be punished according to the seriousness of the crime. In many states, the punishment for a felony is imprisonment for at least one year. If a juvenile is arrested for a felony offense or has a long record of serious offenses, it is recommended that you consult an attorney experienced in juvenile law.
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