Hidden Consequences of a Criminal Record: What Happens When Convicted of a Felony? Is One Forever Branded a Criminal?
The etymology of the word “felon” is to some extent uncertain. In Latin, fel is thought be associated with gall or poison. Old French defines felon as an evil-doer, scoundrel, traitor, rebel, oath-breaker, and the Devil.
In early English law, a felony could be a crime punishable by death or mutilation and forfeiture of lands and goods.