Confession Is Inadmissible When Probation Officer Promised Shorter Sentence if Suspect Waived Right to an Attorney

It is understandable that probation officers want cases that are closed quickly and not dragged out by a lengthy court process.  A thorough attorney will diligently investigate the facts and the related legal issues, but it does take time.  It is much easier for a probation officer if a suspect simply confesses or admits conduct.  The temptation to elicit such an admission or confession caused one probation officer to promise a shorter sentence as an incentive if the suspect waived his right to an attorney?  Can a probation officer even sentence someone? Is such a promise illegal?  Click on the following link to find out.

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