Whats the difference between parole and probation?

I am facing possible parole or probation for a crime, which one is worse?

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A judge will frequently assign parole and probation during the punishment phase of the criminal justice process, and it is important to understand the difference between these two penalties. Probation is a criminal sentence that is considered to be separate from jail time, and is usually given to offenders who have committed their first criminal offense or a less serious crime. Some of the requirements of a probation may include drug testing, regular communication with a probation officer, drug treatment and appearances before the court. Individuals who are given jail time for an offense will typically have parole after they have been released from jail or prison. During the period of parole, the individual is supervised by an officer of the court and may be subject to drug testing, drug treatment, and similar requirements to probation. In order to avoid these penalties, it is wise to seek the help of a criminal defense lawyer immediately after you have been arrested or charged with a crime.

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