With a plea bargain the State has a free ride. They don’t have to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt and overcome the presumption of innocence.
The State is always trying to sell a plea. ‘It’s easy!’ ‘You can do it!’ ‘It’s cheaper’. ‘It’s a quick resolution’! ‘You don’t need a lawyer (to make us prove our case and protect your rights)’!
‘We’ll give you Probation’!
Yeah, some few cases need to work out a ‘plea bargain’, but most do not. A plea bargain with probation is only an escape from a situation of bad facts which would result in a guilty verdict.
Read my section on ‘Probation and Community Service’!