A serious crime is categorized as a felony under both state and federal law. Arson, aggravated assault, murder, burglary, kidnapping, manslaughter, treason, robbery, and rape are among the acts classified as felonious crimes. Depending on the severity of the crime, the criminal may be punished with imprisonment, forfeiture of property, probation, loss of citizenship, deportation, or the death penalty. For successive crimes, increasingly severe sentences may be imposed. If you or someone you know is accused of a felony, you should seek the assistance of a skilled and experienced criminal law attorney.