Sentencing / Probation- FAQ

What is a sentence?

How does the Judge decide what my sentence should be?

Can't I know what the sentence is BEFORE I decide if I should admit or deny the charge against me?

What does the Court mean by "suspensions" of fine and/or jail time?

What happens if I can't do or pay something when the Judge told me to?

Are there any good excuses for not paying my fine or contacting the Court?

I've been placed on probation. What does that mean?

Does the Court know if I don't follow the terms of my probation?