Felonies in the State of Tennessee
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Different states have different definitions for what constitutes a felony.
Typically, the standard line of demarcation is 12 months. In Tennessee,
if you received a sentence of 11 months, 29 days, you have received a
misdemeanor sentence. Anything more than this is a felony and is typically
phrased as a sentence in a number of years. Therefore, a one year sentence
or more is considered a felony. You can read more about felonies in the
state of Tennessee in T.C.A. §§ 40-20-112 and 114.
By comparison, the state of Georgia is different in how it defines felonies.
In Georgia, according to OCGA § 16-1-3(5), a felony is any sentence
that is more than 12 months in length. If you were sentenced to a 12 month
sentence in the state of Georgia, then you were convicted of a misdemeanor.
If you are convicted of a felony, you are automatically rendered "infamous"
and deprived of certain rights of citizenship such as the right to vote,
own a gun, and hold public office. A felony conviction could also affect
your immigration status and cause you to be deported. If you were an elected
official and committed a crime in your official capacity, you "shall
be forever disqualified" from seeking or holding public office ever again.
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