A felony is a serious criminal offense that is punishable by imprisonment for one year or more. Felonies are generally considered more serious than misdemeanors and can result in longer prison sentences, larger fines, and other severe consequences. Examples of felonies in the United States include murder, rape, kidnapping, arson, robbery, and drug trafficking. The specific penalties for a felony depend on the jurisdiction, the laws of the state or federal government, and the circumstances of the case. A conviction for a felony can result in a long-term impact on a person's life, including difficulties finding employment, housing, and other essential resources.