Update. The Michigan legislature amended the HYTA statute and made various changes, including one which extends the age limitation from 21 to 23. Note however, that if you are 21 or older the prosecutor must agree to your placement on HYTA status.
HOLMES YOUTHFUL TRAINEE ACT.
The state of Michigan has special laws for youthful offenders who are between the ages of 17 and 23. The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) was enacted because those just entering adulthood are more likely to commit immature acts which can have life-long consequences. Seemingly harmless senior year pranks or college dares can result in serious felony charges which carry serious consequences for someone with their whole life ahead of them.
HYTA allows the sentencing court to place an individual who commits a crime between the ages of 17 - 23 (crime must be committed before your 24th birthday) on a deferred judgment status. The deferred judgment is not reported to state police nor is it placed on your permanent criminal history. If you successfully complete the probationary terms while on HYTA, the deferred judgment remains private and out of the public record. This special sentencing treatment is best obtained using an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
There are, of course, many complexities with the HYTA law and obtaining this sentencing status is not automatic. Having an experienced Grand Rapids criminal defense lawyer match the facts and circumstances of your case with knowledge of the criteria and requirements of the HYTA program will give you the best opportunity to gain this advantage. You owe it to yourself and your future to have an experienced Michigan criminal defense lawyer conduct a careful analysis of your case and help you determine your qualification for HYTA status.