Felonies and misdemeanors
A crime is considered a felony when it is punishable by more than a year in a state prison. Examples of felonies are murder, rape, burglary, arson, and the sale of illegal drugs. A misdemeanors is a less serious crime, typically punishable by up to a year in a county jail.
The felony murder
rule is a law in most countries that allows anyone who is accused of committing a violent felony (crime) to be charged with murder if the act of that felony (crime) results in the death of someone.