violent felony

noun

vi·​o·​lent felony
: a crime consisting of conduct that presents a serious risk of potential injury to another or that is punishable by imprisonment for more than one year
used especially in federal sentencing of career criminals guilty of crimes involving use of a weapon

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“Violent felony.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/violent%20felony. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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