You've been stopped for a minor drug possession charge or maybe a DUI. If you're convicted, you could be given a misdemeanor on your record and sentenced according to the laws for the state. Is a misdemeanor really that big of a deal after your sentence is served? Will it really have an effect on your life? The short answer to these questions is yes, and here's why.
Although you may not go to jail over a misdemeanor, this doesn't mean you won't have repercussions in your daily life. Your permanent record will show your misdemeanor, making it possible for potential employers to see the misdemeanor and to question your potential as an employee. Interestingly, misdemeanors have the same kind of collateral consequences as a felony would.