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I was charged and sentenced while living in Boone County. I moved to Winnebago county where my probation was transferred. My new probation officer is making me take a Partner Abuse Intervention Program class. In the class the counselor is telling me that what I did was attempted murder and should have been charged with that. To successfully complete the class I have to show that I have taken responsibility for what I've done. I am wanting to make sure that if I say something in that class (which is run by the county) that it can't be used against me as far as recharging me for attempted murder. The counselor has emphatically implied that if I don't admit to stalking and attempting to murder my ex-girlfriend that I could be discharged. A discharge would be reported to my PO, which could be cause for me violating my probation. I want to be responsible for my crime, but don't feel that I tried to kill anyone. Was it possible that what I did could have caused death? I suppose, but that was not my intention. So before I say anymore in this class, I wanted to make sure that they can't use anything I say in this class against me. So you are saying that they cannot, correct?
Thank you very much. I feel the same way. It seems these counselors working for the county are wannabe prosecutors. They harass many of the students of the class. I am there to learn about abuse and how to better myself as an individual, not to be harassed and coerced into stating something that isn't true. She has made many conclusions of what and who I am from reading a police report and listening to my story. And it seems that if I don't go along with what she has determined that I am, then I won't successfully complete the class. Thanks again for your help. I will rate you favorably.