Even one conviction can have a significant impact on your life. A traffic offense can affect your insurance rates, your privilege to drive, and you may even face jail time depending on the severity of the charge. A misdemeanor offense or felony can affect your ability to gain employment, keep you from going into a particular career field, prohibit you from owning a firearm, and sometimes affect your ability to rent an apartment or go to college. Subsequent convictions may carry harsher penalties such as increased fines, lengthy probation sentences, and mandatory jail or prison time.