The classification of a criminal charge can have a big impact on how it affects the rest of your life. When you are facing a felony, you run the risk of having a lifetime of consequences if you are convicted. These impacts are far-reaching and can impact every aspect of your life. You should make sure that you consider these as you plan your defense strategy.
One of the most notable consequences is being labeled a felon, which includes being stripped of some of your rights. It can also make it difficult for you to find a job or housing because many people won't hire or rent to felons.
For people who immigrated into the U.S., there is the possibility of deportation if you are conviction of a felony. One of the requirements of coming to this country is that you have to have good moral standards. Being convicted of a felony can show that you don't meet this requirement. Unfortunately, deportation might follow a conviction for some individuals.
It is imperative for you to think about all of this while you are working on your defense. You might find that trying to avoid a felony conviction is imperative. There is a chance that you might be able to work out a plea deal that will reduce the charge to a misdemeanor. This isn't always possible, but it is a good thing for people who can work it out.
In all cases, whether misdemeanor or felony, the specific circumstances of the case dictate which defense strategy will be the most viable.