Diversion Programs Keep a Conviction Off Your Record and You May Be Eligible
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Diversion Programs Keep a Conviction Off Your Record. Schmierlaw Can Help


There are Diversion Programs for First-time Offenders...Maybe even more times

There are deferred sentencing and diversion programs available for certain crimes and, generally. if you are a first time offender. These programs are available for crimes such as 769.4a for domestic violence, 333.7411 for certain drug crimes, Holmes Youth Training Act or HYTA for most offenses committed by persons between the ages of 17 and 26, and deferred sentencing under MCL 771.1.

769.4a DV Diversion

MCL 769.4a allows first time domestic violence offenders, after a plea of guilty, to be sentenced to probation and after successfully completing the terms of probation, have the charges dismissed. During probation, if alcohol or drugs were involved, you will be subjected to random alcohol or drug testing. In addition, some sort of anger management program is mandated. While under this diversion program the actual court conviction is shielded from public view, arrest and fingerprint records which may be maintained by the Michigan State Police or the police agency where you were arrested, will not be destroyed but still hidden from public view or a potential employer.

333.7411 Drug Crime Diversion

MCL 333.7411 allows the court to sentence first time drug offenders to a probationary term not to exceed 12 months and the terms of that probation are met, the charge against the defendant is dismissed. Generally, the defendant is required to attend some sort of drug counseling program and is required to submit to random drug testing. Like MCL 769.4a, fingerprint and arrest records will not be destroyed but will be on the private record.

HYTA Holmes Youth Training Act

The Holmes Youth Training Act or HYTA is available for youthful offenders between the ages of 17 and up to 25 with the Prosecutor's OK. Under this diversion program, the court will sentence the offender to probation, but sometimes with some jail as well. Probation will generally include community service, not engaging in other criminal behavior, and no alcohol or drugs. Like other diversion programs, if the terms of probation are completed successfully, the original charge is dismissed. An added benefit of being sentenced under HYTA is that the conviction is not entered and then set-aside, but hidden from the very get go.

MCL 771.1 Deferred Sentencing

Under MCL 771.1, a criminal defendant may be able to avoid a conviction or be recharged on a lesser offense.through a process called deferred sentencing. With the prosecutor’s approval, the court will impose certain conditions when the defendant pleads guilty and if the defendant satisfactorily complies with the required conditions during the period of deferral, the charge may be dismissed or substantially reduced. The Court also has the authority to hold a defendant’s plea under advisement under MCR 6.302(C)(3)(d), (F). Some judges will take pleas under advisement, set conditions, and dismiss the charge if the client complies.


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