My friend is assigned to a Probation officer here in Morgan County Colorado who is screaming at him over the phone and every time they meet, the probation officer threatens to handcuff him and put him in jail. My friend was coerced into accepting a plea deal with the DA. They lied to him and told him he didnt need an attorney and did not need to see the Police Report. He later got the police report and it is full of errors and omissions. He got 18 months probation and Domestic Violence classes. The probation officer is trying to get him to sign paperwork that has Drug and Alcohol treatment information all over it. Drugs and Alcohol had no bearing on this case. My friend does not drink. It also states that he cannot sign any financial paperwork without the approval of probation.
You need to focus on the problem at hand, which is the probation officer. As such, anything about being tricked into pleading guilty is irrelevant. The question is, how to deal with this probation officer. I am not familiar with CO law, but in most places, the conditions of probation are set by the judge. There are some conditions that are standard conditions. But if the judge did not order Drug and alcohol treatment, the po can't add it. That is why he wants the friend to sign a paper agreeing to it. If the friend refuses to sign, the po can ask the court to add that condition, but there needs to be some reason. Same with the financial restriction. If the po is abusive you can complain. Ask for the name of his supervisor and tell him what has been going on. The supervisor may agree to assign a new po to your case. The main thing is to make the pos job as easy as possible by complying with the conditions that are part of the probation, like the Domestic Violence classes. The po wants to see that you are working on your "problems." If you are still denying you are guilty and never should have pled guilty, I can see why this would be a problem for the po. Get with the program; cooperate with the parts that are part of the probation; be remorseful and respectful; and get through this 18 months. Its not that long. So just hold your nose and suck it up.
Probation officers in CO are give a wide range of discretion. I always tell my client to butter up their probation officer and make them their new best friend, because the PO can either make life hell for them or make life on probation easy.
As the other attorney has mentioned, the situation about the plea is done and over and there is little that your friend can do about that and setting aside the plea. That was your friend's mistake and judges make sure that a person understands their plea by having them say both in writing and orally that they were not coerced and were entering the plea voluntarily.
The judge set the requirements for probation, but also gives the PO latitude to order additional conditions. If the PO wants drug and alcohol treatment, there must be some reason for it based on some of the intake forms that your friend filled out - even if drugs and alcohol were not a problem in the case. Your friend always has the option of asking for a hearing before the judge that sentenced him to review the POs conditions to see if they would set aside some of the POs conditions. However, that would be a longshot, because most judges give discretion to the POs.
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