No doubt you've seen the trouble others on this forum have with gaining employment with a criminal record - regardless of the offence - so you're not alone. It's tough but not impossible.
No-one here can say what the best thing for you to do is because you're the best person to decide. From the two options you stated try to keep in mind that they're only temporary while you get through this difficult bit, things will get easier as long as you keep doing what's best for you and you make some progress, no-one can argue with that. Good luck.
Fighting or Accepting - its difficult to know which is right and when.