A. Under Louisiana law, a felony is defined as any crime for which an offender may be sentenced to death or imprisonment at hard labor. For example, a criminal statute that provides that whoever commits that crime shall be imprisoned with, or without hard labor, then that crime is a felony. The offender may be sentenced to imprisonment at hard labor even though the court could alternatively choose to sentence him to a term imprisonment without hard labor. Felony crimes are more serious than misdemeanors. They carry more severe penalties and have serious collateral consequences such as the loss of the right to vote, the loss of the right to carry a firearm, loss of government benefits, and, in some cases, deportation and loss of the ability to become a United States citizen.
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