If I am convicted of a felony, will I go to prison or will I get probation?
If you are convicted of a felony, the judge who sentences you will determine whether you go to prison or not. If the judge places you on probation, the judge will impose an underlying prison sentence, as probation is an alternative to prison. What this means is that the judge has suspended your prison sentence and has ordered you to follow specific probationary terms. Probationary terms include regularly reporting to a probation officer, attending rehabilitative and/or training programs, obtaining employment, obtaining a high school diploma or equivalency, and completing community service.