In addition to a prison sentence, probation or other punishment from the criminal court, a criminal conviction can have lifelong consequences for your personal life, family circumstances and employment.
A criminal conviction never goes away and cannot be expunged or removed from your record. Landlords, employers, banks and such can easily have access to your criminal history.
You should never plead guilty or accept a plea bargain unless you consult with a lawyer.
Even if you are a citizen, being charged with a felony is far more serious than being charged with a misdemeanor.
But for non-citizens - even for those legally in the country, a conviction for a misdemeanor can have serious lifelong consequences, including deportation.
If you are not a citizen, you should never plead guilty or accept a plea bargain unless you consult with an immigration lawyer.
WHAT IF I AM NOT A US CITIZEN?
You are always better off to NOT talk to police officers and investigators.
Instead, talk with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
An experienced lawyer can guide you in making wise decisions concerning your future.