Can a judge force a minor who is convicted of a misdemeanor to take therapy classes without the minor having any mental issues?

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Can a judge force a minor who is convicted of a misdemeanor to take therapy classes without the minor having any mental issues?

I got a ticket for trespassing because I egged a house. I was assigned 75 hours of community service and 12 hours of counseling under the “bullying” category. Is it mandatory for me to do the therapy? Also, does the judge have the right to give me those hours without me having any mental issue? Should I ask the therapist for a certificate that I do not have any such issues?

Asked on February 10, 2012 under Criminal Law, California

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, the court under each state's statutes is entitled to order a person convicted of certain crimes such as the one you have written about (malicious mischief/trespass) to attend anger management as well as other therapeautic classes.

Seemingly this is what you were ordered to attend as part of the sentence you received for trespass. The purpose of the course is to show to the court that you have attended a process required under state statute.


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