Depends on the agency you are looking at. Law enforcements agencies are getting very picky today. Why should they hire a person that is young, with no LE experience, and has a misdemeanor? While an officer who was laid off has no record and experience. It might be harder to become a law enforcement officer because of your misdemeanor, but I think you will eventually get picked up if you are persistent. I'm not trying to hold you back, just telling you what they told me.