My question involves criminal law for the state of: Illinois
Many Thanks, I have 2 questions below, here is a bit of background:
I am writing on behalf of a family member who I am most concerned about. He was arrested quite a few years ago for a sex offence (it was not rape or forced) and is now a felon, not sure, but I think he served little or no time, but was on probation for many years. At that time, he also attended a mandatory set of classes in which he completed.
Not long ago, he was arrested for having a weapon in his possession. There was nothing sexual involved, no threats or such things.. but had a weapon for protection (lives in bad neighborhood) and was arrested and served around 5 months. Then was released ..but now on house arrest for about a year.
FIRST QUESTION IS THIS: For some reason, they are making him take the sexual classes again. Even though he has had no sexual crime committed with this charge, no intent, nothing of the sort. He completed the classes long ago and was cleared of being a danger. I am wondering.. since they make him pay a fee ( a pretty dang good amount) each time, if this is not some sort of racket?
SECOND QUESTION: The particular parole officer he has, just really seems to be overly threatening him. Over the top threats and scares. Unreasonable time pressures alotted for what travels he is able to do (which is extremely limited..and nearly impossible unless he were a nascar driver). I do not want to list all of the crazy things this parole officer is doing, as I am afraid that somehow it would be recognized on here..and I do not want to bring any repercussions (sp?) on my family member who I truly am afraid is going to have a heart attack or something from all of this stress. My family member is quite an older man. So.... IS THERE ANY WAY HE CAN GET A NEW PAROLE OFFICER? And if so, how to do it in such a way, that this other one doesn't find out and then come down even harder on him if we fail?
Please help if you have any advice or experience with such matters. And if so, please be as clear as possible, as some of the terminology I may not be familiar with. I am out of my league on this one.. and know nothing of how these things work. But am darn sure going to try.