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A felony is a serious crime, usually punishable by more than one year in prison.[citation needed]


Not all lawbreakers oppose the laws that they break; as Ludwig von Mises notes, "Even the refractory delinquent who fails to adjust his conduct to the requirements of life within the societal system of cooperation does not want to miss any of the advantages derived from the division of labor. He does not consciously aim at the destruction of society. He wants to lay his hands on a greater portion of the jointly produced wealth than the social order assigns to him. He would feel miserable if antisocial behavior were to become universal and its inevitable outcome, the return to primitive indigence, resulted."[1]