- You DO NOT lose your right to vote for a misdemeanor.
- You DO NOT lose your right to own or possess a firearm.
- You DO NOT automatically lose your right to get governmental benefits such as social security, student loans, welfare and the like.
- A misdemeanor can be dismissed and expunged after successfully completing probation.
At the end of the day the disposition can often be written off as youthful indiscretion and will not be given any significant weight if the person has otherwise lead a law abiding life.