Woman in Black echoes an annoying problem:
Probation terms: has anyone had experience with people who plead some version of no contest to a sex offense, get probation, and then get booted from probation because “participating and completing” sex offender counseling is a term of probation and they won’t admit that they actually committed the offense? What do you do? It seems like there are a host of problems…is it truly a willful violation? Why does the judge accept the plea and then impose such a term? Is it an impossible term? Does it defeat the purpose of allowing such pleas? What about Alford???
In my experience, probation is rather steadfast about this requirement and even Alford pleas don’t help. What is your experience with this? How do you deal with it?
[For those who don't know, an Alford plea is one where the defendant agrees to plead guilty but still maintains his innocence. Typically there is a canvass that involves the acknowledgment that the State has enough evidence to prove his guilt.]