What is the difference between a felon and a convicted felon?
The difference between a felon & a convicted felon is past & present. Generally, if one is incarcerated in a prison or detention center is called a "convicted" felon. A felon is anyone who, in part, commits a felony offense. After the incarceration that has been sentenced is served that person is considered a felon or ex-con (ex-convict.).
If you're convicted of a felony, you become a felon. You're a felon while you're serving your sentence, and you remain a felon after you've served your sentence. If you end up being acquitted of a felony crime you'd previously been convicted of, then you can legitimately be called an ex-felon, provided you don't have any other prior felony convictions on your record.
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.