However, just as with felony
convictions, certain misdemeanors can also be expunged.
Under the new law, it now is a Class 4 felony
to manufacture equipment for dog fighting or to possess or sell dog fighting equipment.
In allowing the defense, the court aligned Maryland with six states that deny the duress defense for murder generally but allow it for the special case of felony murder.
A mere fifteen states have ruled directly on the applicability of the duress defense for felony murder.
entirely--consists of arguments that detract from the felony murder
Second, given that most jurisdictions still retain the felony murder
Steele appealed, arguing that a third episode of drunk driving becomes a felony only upon conviction.
The court noted that under Illinois law (which controlled the court's interpretation of the policy's felony exclusion),"the term 'felony' denotes an action that renders one liable to a certain amount of punishment.
The general phrase "illicit trafficking" is left undefined, but [section] 924(c)(2) of Title 18 identifies the subcategory by defining "drug trafficking crime" as "any felony punishable under the Controlled Substances Act" or under either of two other federal statutes having no bearing on this case.
During that time, many thousands of aliens were treated as aggravated felons in civil and criminal immigration proceedings only because of their prior state felony convictions for simple possession of illegal drugs.
May has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the transformation of both the legal profession and the felony trial in England.
May provides an in-depth examination of the emergence of a criminal bar practicing at the Old Bailey in London, emphasizing its role in, and reaction to, the transformation of the felony trial from a direct confrontation between the victim and accused into a contest between professional advocates.
The paper reported that "a third of the white adults who were arrested, but had no prior record, were able to get felony charges against them reduced.
Jefferson ended up taking a plea bargain that landed him with six and a half years in prison and a permanent felony on his record for a first offense that he had thought would get him probation.
Utah State sports information director Mike Strauss said Wallace's attorney expects the felony
to be reduced to a misdemeanor in the next few days, which is not uncommon in such cases.