IF you go to prison you are a convicted felon?

If you were sentenced by a judge to spend time in prison for committing a 'FELONY' offense, you are considered a convicted felon.

You could be convicted of a lesser crime, such as a first degree misdemeanor, then be sent to jail/prison and not be considered a convicted felon.

A FELON is someone who has committed a felony offense as codified in state or federal law.