Terms Used In South Dakota Codified Laws 22-1-4
- Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
- Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
- State: the State of South Dakota. See South Dakota Codified Laws 2-14-2
Any crime is either a felony or a misdemeanor. A felony is a crime which is or may be punishable by imprisonment in the state penitentiary. Every other crime is a misdemeanor.