Felonies are crimes that have a potential jail punishment above a year. More specifically, felonies are broken down into three classes – A, B, and C.
A Class A felony is the most serious felony and crime you can face. The potential maximum penalty is life in prison and a $50,000 fine. Examples include first degree murder and and second degree murder, first degree manslaughter, first degree assault, first degree rape, second degree rape, and and second degree assault with sexual motivation.
Slightly less serious are Class B felonies, which have a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Examples include second degree assault, second degree manslaughter, first degree theft, and theft of a motor vehicle.
And finally, Class C felonies, which come with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Examples include second degree theft, third degree rape, third degree assault, and malicious harassment.