So after reading this article, I spoke with a friend of mine who works in probation. First off, you can only be placed on probation after you have been convicted of a crime that you can go to jail for. Failing to renew a driver’s license is not one of those crimes, that only has a fine attached to it. And low level misdemeanors, don’t always carry jail time or probation. So you get probation in lieu of jail time. It’s quite simple. You don’t have to be on probation. You can go and sit in jail. If you choose to do probation, then don’t whine about the costs and the classes and the tests you have to take to be on it. If you don’t like the consequences of your actions, then change your life style.