Misprision Of A Felony Law & Legal Definition


A misprision of a felony is the concealment of a felony without giving any degree of support to the felony.

To sustain a conviction of misprision of a felony, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • that the principal had committed and completed the felony alleged;
  • that the defendant had full knowledge of that fact;
  • that the defendant failed to notify authorities; and
  • that the defendant took affirmative steps to conceal the crime of the principal.

The elements of misprision of a felony, both of  which must be proved to support conviction, are:

  • concealment of something, such as suppression of evidence or some other positive act; and
  • failure to disclose.

Failure to disclose, without active concealment, is not a felony.