I'll pick up where you left off, if one finds them self in the unfortunate position of losing in a criminal case--sentencing.
If you have the of option of probation, and can opt for jail time, and unless you're rich, always opt for the jail time and here is why.
The city I live in tries to get everyone on probation instead of in our jail, for two reasons--we live next to the US/Canada border and our jail is usually full, and probation makes money for the county coffers rather then spending it, as is the case with incarceration.
I pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after making a deal--$200 fine and a two years probation. Sounds pretty doable, right? Right. What they didn't tell me was that the probation cost me $80/month, PLUS there was attached "Anger Management" classes, open-ended for the entire two years, with as many as 3 meetings a week at $65 a pop, at the discretion of the guy making the money. This is potentially $22200 that I could have ended up paying, all said and done. FUCK THAT.
After two months, I intentionally violated my probation. I got chewed out by a Judge. Then I did it again. This time he revoked the probation, gave me the original 30 days in jail of which I did 20 days (ALWAYS check the jail roster online and try turn yourself in when the jail is full!). I only paid the first two probation "installments" and telling the guy at the anger management place to fuck off was the first probation violation, so no additional costs incurred by that asshole.
And no, I do not have anger issues, but I can only be pushed around so far.