Felonies, Misdemeanors and wobblers
I lived in the People's Democratic Socialist Republic of California for about 36 years. It wasn't so bad at first but 'progressed' into a repressive state. However, I was never in danger of losing my civil rights - voting, holding public office, owning a firearm and so forth - from the conviction of any crime.
I understand the concept of 'wobblers'; a crime that can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. My plan - which worked pretty well - was not to violate any of them.
Would you care to share exactly what it is you fear?