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In Maryland, crimes are either considered felonies or misdemeanors.  Traditionally, felonies are considered more serious crimes. However, both felonies and misdemeanors can carry very long sentences. 

Under Maryland law, a crime is a felony if either:

  1. The crime has historically been a felony under the common law (this includes murder, manslaughter, robbery, rape, burglary, larceny, arson, sodomy and mayhem); OR
  2. The statute defining the crime says that the crime is a felony.

If a crime is not a felony, then it is a misdemeanor.

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