It may be but it may not be. Whether or not it’s a good deal depends on what the charges were. Although it may seem great to avoid jail time, you may have actually had very little or no risk of serving time in jail even if you lost at trial.
If you were charged with a misdemeanor, and it’s your first offense, odds are good you won’t serve any jail time. Even if the particular misdemeanor with which you’ve been charged typically carries jail time, you could get some or all of that suspended, depending upon your circumstances.
If you are facing felony charges, you could be looking at some prison time or possibly even the rest of your life in prison. It is possible you could avoid prison time, or you could reduce the charge down to a misdemeanor. What happens depends a lot on the facts of the crime and your situation, the law and the judge.
It’s very important that you know that each case is different. Just because a district attorney is offering you a deal whereby you’ll get no jail time does not mean it’s a good deal. You will still end up with a criminal record, which will be with you the rest of your life. You may end up agreeing to fines, community service, and probation, none of which may be necessary depending on your circumstances.
When dealing with federal agencies, such as the DEA – if they do a DEA audit of your facilities, getting no jail time can be the best option – according to fellow attorney Jason Kenniff.
Instead of taking that deal, you should contact a criminal defense attorney for a consultation. It’s possible that you are getting a good deal. However, you may have an excellent defense, the prosecution’s case may be weak, or your crime may be of the type where you wouldn’t get any jail time anyway.