Criminal Defense Attorney | Grand Rapids, MI

HYTA Attorney Grand Rapids, MIThe Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) gives youthful offenders between the ages of 17 and 24 the chance to keep criminal offenses off their permanent records.

Our criminal defense attorney understands that sometimes all a young person needs is a chance to redeem themselves, which is why he may fight for you to be considered under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act.

Benefits of being a youthful trainee under the HYTA:

  • Judgment of conviction is not entered
  • Record is sealed
  • Case is dismissed once you successfully complete probationary term
  • Get a second chance at life

HYTA Eligibility

To be considered under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, you must be between the ages of 17 and 24. You must have also plead guilty to the criminal offense.

You’re not eligible for youthful trainee status for:

  • Felony where maximum penalty is life in prison
  • Serious violations involving controlled substances
  • Traffic violations
  • Other serious violations of the Michigan penal code

If between Ages 17 and 20

During your probationary period, you’ll be required to get a job or maintain employment. Another option would be to attend a high school, high school equivalency program, community college, college, university, or trade school.

The goal of the act is to help young people change the trajectory of their lives so they can become productive members of society. Our criminal defense attorney can help you get your life back on track.

If between Ages 21 and 24

If you committed a crime on or after your 21st birthday, but before your 24th, our defense attorney will need to get the prosecution’s consent before you can be considered under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act.

Once you have youthful trainee status, you may be required to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet during the probationary period. In addition, you’ll still have the same conditions as someone between the ages of 17 and 20.

Unlike other defense attorneys, Jerry Lykins is available 24/7 through call or text. His first priority has always been to help clients secure the best outcomes for their cases. To request your consultation with our Grand Rapids defense attorney, call or text Jerry Lykins Law at (616) 540-0443.