What is a felony in Maryland?
A felony is a more serious crime, as opposed to a misdemeanor. While often simplified in legal circles as a crime with a maximum punishment of 1 year or more in prison, Maryland does not actually have a broad catch-all definition. Rather, all crimes in Maryland's Criminal Law article have the designation of "felony" or "misdemeanor" as part of each individual crime's statute, with the maximum punishment specified as well. This varies considerably from one crime to the next.