Michigan Criminal Law: Conviction/Post Conviction; Holmes Youthful Trainee Act Status “HYTA”
Certain people, especially younger alleged offenders between the ages of 17-20 who are interested in potentially pleading guilty may be eligible for diversionary programs such the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (see MCL 762.11-762.16), which, if completed, could keep a conviction from being entered in their public record. Diversionary programs often require probation and generally need to be negotiated through the plea-bargaining process prior to any trials.
Speaking generally, the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) is a diversionary program for younger offenders between the ages of 17 and 21 that, if completed, keeps a felony or misdemeanor conviction off a person’s general public criminal record. It is only available for certain offenses.
While the courts and law-enforcement would still treat the matter as a felony conviction, the general public would have no clue because evidence of the conviction would be sealed. However, in order to eligible for HYTA, the offender must plead guilty or no-contest to the charge. A person cannot participate in the program if they go to trial and get convicted.
For information on expunging prior convictions, click here.
For information on probation and probation violations, click here.