When you are in trouble with the law, you are not necessarily going to be incarcerated for many years at a medium security facility for crimes that you have been found guilty of. No, when you are in trouble with the law, after being found guilty of being caught with your fingers in the cash register or for losing your temper with someone strange in the street, the law is not only lenient, it is giving you a break. Leniency is actually a misnomer here.
There are a number of good reasons why most appointed magistrates and judges are in their seats. Not only do they have the legal knowledge and experience required to make difficult but firm decisions on behalf of society, they also have that innate spirit of wisdom, something not always taught or experienced, leadership and humaneness that allows them to make fair decisions on behalf of all, both victims and the guilty.
So, when you are found guilty, but not convicted, of some or another misdemeanor, and you are ordered, not sentenced, to attend court ordered education programs, do not think that you are being condemned or ridiculed. Far from it. Yes, society at large is being done a huge favor here, but more of the favor goes to you. Long before your act of madness, or during your moment of truth when you feel guilty or personally responsible, just remember that you let yourself down the most.
The education programs are your moments of upliftment. You learn something new about yourself and your surroundings. Treat these as great learning opportunities. By the time you have completed your course, never an ordeal, remember that you will be a better person for it.