Yes, it is often the case. Clients may be advised by their attorney to seek counseling or anger management before they are ordered to do so by the court in an attempt to help their case. In fact, that is often a good strategy to consider helping with the case. First, if the person is in need of it, then just on a personal level, it may be helpful for them to get started on some type of counseling. Secondly, from a defense strategy, it can be very helpful to get enrolled in some type of a counseling program. That can sometimes be used as leverage to get the prosecutor to dismiss the case if it goes further.
Also, it may be used as leverage to get a better deal for the client or if they are ever faced in a trial situation and their judge or jury is considering punishment and they have already started a counseling program, then that certainly goes a long way to show that they have taken it seriously and that the punishment that should be given to them may be less or not as serious because of the steps that they have already taken.