Being charged with a crime means that your future is in someone else's hands. If you go before a jury for a trial, your fate is in the hands of the men and women who are on it. This can be something difficult to think about, but you have to plan your defense based on the possibility that you will have to rely on this jury of your peers.
A person who is charged with a felony has to think very clearly about what this classification means. There are serious life consequences that you have to think about as you are preparing your defense. The exact impacts of a felony conviction depend on your circumstances.