I'm 22 next month and my life is pretty shit. I'm in court in a few weeks and am expecting a jail sentence - first time to go to jail and my girlfriend wants us to split up. I've been in trouble before for theft and got community service and have been done for drink driving and lost my license. These things happened during a tough time in my life and I thought I had put all taht behind me. My girlfriend knows I've been trying hard to stay out of trouble and haven't been in any trouble for the past year since we've been serious together. We've been together for 2 years and got engaged at Christmas. Since then I've gotten into trouble again - charged with assault and am in court for that in a few weeks and looking at about 6 months I'm told. She is now saying that she can't stick by me anymore and wants to end things. The thought of jail is bad enough - I've never been locked up apart from a few overnighters but thinking that I'll be losing everything else makes it all worse. I thought that by getting engaged we were saying that we were going to be there for each other no matter what happens. I've always treated her well but know it would be tough for her if I am in jail but still think it's not too much to expect her to be there - as I said it would probably be for 6 months or so. My head is all over the place thinking about what's going to happen so I guess I'm trying to find out if anybody has been in a similar situation. I'm a decent guy but I know I've done stupid stuff to get me into this mess. What can I do to convince her to stay with me as she does mean alot to me? Also, would you stick by your boyfriend if he was in jail and would you go to visit and all that? I'm presuming that not to many people on here have been in jail or anything like that - but just in case you have - how did you cope with it and did you make it through ok?