MICHIGAN IS CONSIDERING CHANGES IN DEALING WITH YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS AND REVISIONS TO HOLMES YOUTHFUL TRAINEE ACT (HYTA)

When a young person commits a crime, there are many complications for the young person and his/her family. A criminal record creates potential problems in obtaining a good job, prohibiting them from certain educational opportunities, and may exclude them from many financial opportunities. It is extremely important that drastic steps are taken to prevent delinquency among Michigan’s young people. One of the ways to do this is the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act. It is recognized that when a young person gets in to trouble, that trouble should not affect the rest of that young person’s life.
The current version of the Holmes Youth Trainee Act allows, with conditions, a young person between the ages of 17 and 20 to avoid a criminal record. There is a bill in the Michigan legislature that will modify the ages for HYTA eligibility to young people between the ages of 17 and 25.
There is no guarntee that a young person will be given HYTA status by a court.  It takes an experienced criminal defense attorney to make that result happen.

MICHIGAN STATE POLICE TO WORK WITH BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS TO HELP AT RISK YOUTH

An alliance has been created between the Michigan State Police and Michigan Big Brothers Big Sisters to determine how to best serve Michigan’s at-risk young people. The alliance is meant to promote collaboration between these two organizations to help reduce delinquency, alcohol/drug/tobacco usage, violence and truancy. They are seeking to increase the opportunities for the “little brother/sisters” to attend the Michigan State Police Youth Leadership Academy. There are also efforts being made to increase the number of Michigan State Police mentors to serve as “big brothers/sisters” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters One-to-One mentoring program.

MENTORING PROGRAMS ARE SUCCESSFUL

The One-to-One youth mentoring program has been proven to make participants 52 percent less likely to skip school. 46 percent less likely to use illegal drugs, 33 percent less likely to hit someone, and 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol

MICHIGAN CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS EXPERIENCED IN CRIMINAL CASES INVOLVING YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS

The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have a tremendous amount of experience in handling criminal matters involving young people. We are experts in the area of criminal law and will do everything necessary to make sure the young person does not end up with a criminal record. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. understand that a criminal conviction can affect a young person’s entire life. When a young person is charged with a crime it is extremely important to have experienced legal counsel so their future is protected. If you are a young person charged with a criminal offense, or know someone who is, please contact the attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. for help. We can be reached at (248) 263-6800 or by completing a Request for Assistance Form.

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