The opinion of the court was delivered by: Justice Fitzgerald
Docket No. 90776-Agenda 12-September 2001
The defendant, Glen Hall, pleaded guilty to forgery, and the Vermilion County circuit court placed him on a two-year term of probation conditioned upon, inter alia, his cooperation with substance abuse counseling or treatment recommendations. Less than a year later, the State filed a petition to revoke the defendant's probation, alleging that he failed to report to the probation office and that he was unsuccessfully discharged from Prairie Center, a substance abuse treatment facility.
On July 23, 1999, at the probation revocation hearing, defense counsel informed the trial court that the defendant would admit the State's allegations. This exchange followed:
"THE COURT: You are Glen Hall?
THE COURT: Do you understand that you would be admitting allegations in the petition *** which, in effect, allege that you violated the probation order by not reporting to probation since October 26, '98, and that you were unsuccessfully discharged from the Prairie Center on February 11, '99?
THE COURT: You've had enough time to talk to Mr. Sohn [defense counsel] about these allegations?
THE COURT: Mr. Sohn, have you explained to your client the possible penalties that he faces?
MR. SOHN: Forgery is a Class Two, is it not? No, it's a Class Three.
[Assistant State's Attorney]: Three.
MR. SOHN: Yes, we have, your Honor.
THE COURT: Has anybody forced you into coming in and entering into this admission, sir?
THE DEFENDANT: No, Ma'am.
THE COURT: Has anybody made any promises to you in return ...