The Oklahoma statutes define felony and misdemeanor as such. In 21 OS § 5, a felony is defined by a crime which is or may be punishable by death or by imprisonment in a penitentiary. A misdemeanor in the next section, § 6, is defined as being every other crime. An easy way to think about the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor is that with a misdemeanor you can be in county jail up to a year, and with a felony you can be sent to the penitentiary for anything over a year. Typically, felonies are a much worse crime than misdemeanors.
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