In my practice it has always been my belief that anything is better than jail time. However, many clients opt for brief jail sentences over probation due to the restrictions and oppressive court oversight the option entails, not to mention the expense. Probation can be anywhere from 6 months to five years. If the court imposes drug and alcohol testing, monthly oversight fees and/or restitution, probation can be extremely expensive. If a client opts for a short jail sentence, it averts these fees and restrictions.
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