Ok, so you have a plea offer of probation. Sounds good; keeps you outta jail so it has to be good, right? Beware! There are many types of probation and some are relatively straight forward – report once a month, don’t get arrested, take a class, pay a fine. Simple enough. But for alleged crimes involving drugs and/or alcohol, add in random screens, more time off work, more fines and fees, and more of a chance of violating probation, thus increasing your odds of getting locked up anyway. Can’t pee? Fail. Piss too watery? Fail. Can’t you take blood or hair? Nope. A fail usually ends up in getting locked up and invariably the probationer asks himself, why in the hell didn’t I just take straight time? Keep these things in mind when your attorney recommends probation.