Facing criminal charges of any sort can throw a wrench in the plans you made for your life. The difficulty of dealing with these situations is affected by the type of charge you face. Dealing with a misdemeanor isn't going to require quite as much effort as you would put into a fighting against a felony charge. This doesn't mean that you should just ignore a misdemeanor and let the chips fall where they may. Instead, you must take immediate action for any criminal charges.
One way that a felony conviction can impact you in New York is that your right to vote might be pulled from you. In this state, you can't vote if you are incarcerated or on parole. Any other felons, including those on probation, can register to vote.