Our government, in its quest for neverending power, reclassified all sorts of misdemeanors in to felonies over the last 50 years. Crimes that are not violent and can be nothing more than not checking the right box on some form can be a felony. Find a feather on a trail and want to know what sort of bird it belonged to? Better leave it lay. If it is a bird of prey, you could get a felony for merely picking it up.
Simply because a crime is a felony means very little.