What Is HYTA?

Josh Jones, Michigan Criminal Lawyer, will explain to you “What is HYTA?”

Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, HYTA, is a deferral statue that has specific age restrictions for individuals attempting to use the statute. However, it is not allowed for a number of offenses, including offenses where the penalty is life, all traffic offenses, and most criminal sexual conduct offenses. To receive consideration under HYTA, a defendant must have committed the crime charged between the ages of 17 and 21 and not be charged with a crimes falling under list of excluding crimes.

If, you are 21 years of age at the time the crime was committed you will not be eligible to apply for HYTA; therefore, you must be 17, 18, 19, or 20 years old at the time of the commission of the crime. However, if you are 23 years of age at the time you are brought to court you may be eligible to apply for HYTA consideration, if at the time the crime was committed you were 17 years, and under 21 years.

It is important to note and understand that HYTA does not prevent a Judge from sending you to jail. However, it is also important to understand that other circumstances, facts, and guidelines will be the true guide for whether a judge orders jail within any given criminal matter, including those attaching HTYA.

What Is HYTA’s Benefit For My Criminal Matter?

Answer: Once you enter a plea of guilty under HYTA, there is no public record of the conviction. The court, on the other hand, will maintain a record of the incident and matter, yet the general public will not have access to the information.

VERY Important Note: If you do not satisfy the terms and conditions of probation or Judgement of Sentence you could lose your HYTA status, which means your HYTA status could be revoked. If revoked the conviction(s) will be entered onto your criminal history and any and all repercussions extending from the conviction will become enforceable.

PLEASE DO NOT RELY upon any of the information contained in this article when trying or attempting to represent yourself in any criminal matter. You should always consult with an attorney before relying upon any written advice, article, blog, opinion, etc. found within this site or any other site found on the World Wide Web. 

About Josh Jones

Josh Jones is an experienced and professional Michigan Criminal Defense attorney presenting Metro Detroit, Genesee County, Livingston County, Lapeer County, and others throughout the State of Michigan. He is available 7-days a week and handles all felonies, misdemeanors, probation violations, traffic tickets, and drivers license restoration. Josh is only a phone call away and is here to help when you are involved with the criminal justice system.