violent felony

noun
vi·​o·​lent felony

Legal Definition of violent 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 27 Sep. 2020.

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