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.