Felony Guide

Most common felony crimes

What are the most common felonies committed in the US? What are common punishments for these felonies? A list of the 20 most common felonies in the US.

Felonies are serious crimes - if you are facing a felony or know somebody who is you should definitely seek professional legal help. A felony charge can stay with you for the rest of your life - it can keep you from getting a job, establishing a credit, result in jail or prison and, if the felony is serious enough, even cost you your life.

If you do have a criminal history you should look into having it expunged. When a felony or misdemeanor is expunged it is like it never happened - it is erased. Not all convictions can be expunged (and different states have different rules when it comes to expungement).

(1) Drug abuse violations 1,841,182
(2) Driving while Intoxicated 1,427,494 (aka Felony DUI)
(3) Property crime 1,610,088 (includes burglary, larceny, theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.)
(4) Larceny-theft 1,172,762
(5) Assault 1,305,693
(6) Disorderly conduct 709,105
(7) Liquor laws 633,654
(8) Violent crime 597,447 (including murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault.
(9) Drunkenness 589,402
(10) Aggravated assault 433,945
(11) Burglary 303,853
(12) Vandalism 291,575
(13) Fraud 252,873
(14) Weapons violations (carrying or possession) 188,891
(15) Curfew and loitering 143,002
(16) Robbery 126,715
(17) Offenses against family and children 122,812
(18) Stolen property (buying, receiving, possession) 122,061
(19) Motor vehicle theft 118,231
(20) Forgery and counterfeiting 103,448

The Uniform Crime Reports collects data on crimes and arrests reported by law enforcement authorities to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Not all law enforcement agencies provide information, so some figures are estimated by the F.B.I. According to the U. C. R., in 2007 aggravated assault accounted for 60.8% of all violent crimes committed in the U.S. Robbery comprised 31.6%; forcible rape, 6.4%, murder, 1.2%. In 2007, every 466.9 persons per 100,000 were victims of a violent crime. Overall, violent crime went down 0.7% from the previous year.

Felony crimes are serious crimes that include burglary and murder. Class 1 is the most serious classification, which can result in a minimum life sentence in prison, and a maximum penalty of death. Class 2 felonies can result in life imprisonment, or a minimum of 20 years imprisonment. Class 3 felonies can result in imprisonment of 5-20 years. Class 4 felonies can result in imprisonment of 2-10 years. Class 5 felonies can result in imprisonment of up to 1-10 years in prison, or jail of up to 12 months. A Class 6 felony can result in a minimum prison sentence of one year. Minimum sentences are part of the U.S. Penal code, but each state can impose additional imprisonment, fines or both. (Cornell School of Law)

Also, felons lose many of their civil rights. The right to run for government office, join the military, and vote can be taken away. Felons may lose their drivers licenses through suspension or revocation. Prospective employers have the right to inquire about any felony convictions, and can even require insurance coverage in the way of a surety bond provided by the employee. Many insurance companies will not insure convicted felons, making it difficult for convicted felons to find work.

According to Crime in the U.S., and the U.S. Department of Justice, the top 20 crimes in order are:

Sources:
The Uniform Crime Report
Cornell School of Law
Crime in the U.S., and the U.S. Department of Justice

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Ok so I am 14 and have 5 misdemeanor charges and have spent 2 weeks in juvie. I recently found out that I might get charged with Intimidating a Witness which is a B felony. If they find me guilty what's gonna happen?

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Hannah
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

You'll get what you deserve, hopefully so severely you'll choose to change. You need to change anyways.

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Una_Blogger
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

committed a theft crime in Ill. (1st off.) but live in indiana can i enroll in any programs instead of imprisonment

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Tricia
Sunday, March 31, 2013

But also, because of my degrees being with criminal justices allow me me to view the operation within and have a better understanding what to take seriously in front the courts. So, i was wondering how can one get a felony reduced to a misdemeanor and then have it expunged from your record completely. Statutory reduction allows you lower your charge; however, the catch, again requires detailed rehabilitation, which we know the percentage is well far a part between the successful verses the unsuccessful. Whereas, i believe i have broken that deterrent cycle of doing what must be done......

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vincent
Monday, March 18, 2013

I got a felony for some writing on a birthcertificate

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sabrina
Sunday, March 17, 2013

You are probably illegal alien
and deserve 5-10 years.

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jojo
Sunday, July 7, 2013

how much time will my husband get for domestic violence that my mom lied about

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stacie
Saturday, March 16, 2013

what state are you in?was this a first offence?


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amber
Thursday, March 28, 2013

My husband has a class 4 felony from when he was a juvenile, it's for theft. He would like to go into the military will this effect him, and not let him be able to proceed on being enlisted?

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Caraline
Sunday, March 10, 2013

Any conviction or adverse disposition for what the military considers a felony, requires a waiver. The military will forgive some criminal history, mostly misdemeanors, but I have seen some felony offenses forgiven but they were things that society often doesn't consider as serious as felonies like murder, rape, robbery, and felony narcotics trafficking.

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amber
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Is it illegal in California for a person to conceal a felony, lie about it, or conceal info about it

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Eileen
Friday, March 1, 2013

yes in your state its considered perjury.witch is a felony and can carry up to 4 yrs in prison.Although California law treats perjury very seriously, very few perjury cases are totally cut and dry. This can be a difficult charge for the prosecutor to prove. Innocent people do get wrongly accused. a simple defence such as ,your false statement was merely mistaken, rather than knowingly false,I simply misunderstood the question
,The false statement related to a minor rather than a significant issue ,I was not technically under oath.has resulted in many cases being dismissed or reduced to lesser


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amber
Thursday, March 28, 2013

charges


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amber
Thursday, March 28, 2013

I had a lawyer or his staff who set up an electronic signature-based account with a company called ECHOSign, and they forged my name to a document allowing them to extract money from my checking account. I can prove I have no account with this electronic signature agreement web site. What will happen to the lawyer if I sue? (Live in TN, this fraud crime occurred through their offices in Florida)

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Deb
Thursday, February 28, 2013

What class of felony is killing a dog in Illinois?

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Char
Friday, February 15, 2013

Misdemeanor Animal Cruelty – this crime is usually defined as the unlawful and unnecessary overloading, tormenting, mutilating, or killing of an animal. This crime is usually a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $5,000.
Felony Animal Cruelty – you can be charged with felony animal cruelty if you committed an act to an animal that results in cruel death or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering. This crime is extremely serious and can be punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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amber
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Yes

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edryees
Friday, March 8, 2013

What is a class 2 felony as it relates to drugs? I have a friend who's son was arrested this morning along with 25 other people. They came by the mothers house searched it and took the boy away. No drugs on the premisis. She is going insane trying to figure out whats going on. She doesnt even know what drugs hes being arrested for.

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Friend
Friday, February 15, 2013

its hard to say what drug hes being charged for but for a f2 its a trafficking in drugs charge so it didnt matter that they didnt find any drugs at the home.. it could have been a secret inditement thats most likely since so many people were arrested. and that means the police have been watching and building a case...tell her to hire an attorney for him right away f2s are no joke!And if it was a hard drug tell him to play the addict and he will have a chance to walk away with some kind of treatment instead of prison time

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amber
Thursday, March 28, 2013

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