I don’t want to be on probation.

I wouldn’t either. We always try to keep our clients off probation. We do this by trying to get the case dismissed either through a plea bargain or other means (pre-trial diversion, suppression hearing, etc.). If we can’t do that, we explore the available alternatives (short jail time, SWAP program, etc.). Unfortunately, sometimes probation is the only resolution that both sides can agree on. Obviously we always have the option of having a jury trial. But if we lose, the judge can put you on probation (or in jail) or both.