A criminal conviction is undoubtedly upsetting; however, it does not have to destroy your future. If you are able to negotiate or otherwise receive a more lenient sentence, you can still maintain some semblance of normalcy in your life, especially if it allows you to avoid incarceration.
This is why it can be such a relief to be placed on probation and not behind bars. That being said, you must understand that probation is still very serious, and you must still follow strict rules. If you do not, you risk violating your probation and having it revoked.