The conditional discharge is the most common sentencing option in New York but if you violate you are then re-senteced. The judge can re-sentence to jail, probation, or a combination. This video highlights the various ways to violate a NY CD.
This ways you can violate a CD include many extras with a drug or alcohol based offense. In many DWI and DWAI drugs case the CD is a great end result because you self monitor and self supervise your obligations to the court.
New York State Probation on a misdemeanor DWI can be hell on Earth because you are regularly tested for alcohol and/or drugs.
For the average adult person to be so restricted is difficult to impossible. You give up many of your constitutional rights to privacy and person. You will be subject to many unreasonable rules.
I consider New York probation as having a parent with power over you. Generally parents lose control over you after you turn 18. They may influence you but have NO true power. Probation departments through out New York state run the gamut from easy to extremely hard on their probationers.