On August 18, 2015, an amendment expanded the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act—which allows certain youthful offenders to receive a dismissal of their charges upon successful completion of probation. Now, individuals who committed an offense BEFORE their 24th birthday have the ability to obtain a dismissal of certain charges upon successful completion of probation. This means they will be able to report to a potential employer that they were not convicted of a crime. However, unlike its predecessor law, which made the cut off age 21 years old, this expansion of the statute now requires the consent of the prosecuting attorney and the court before a person over 21 but under 24 may petition the court for deferral.
In contrast, persons who are over the age of 17 but under the age of 21 at the time of the offense do not require prosecutorial consent in order to obtain this deferred status. It would only require the court agrees they are deserving.
If you have a charge and you are over the age of 17 (which is the age of adulthood for criminal procedure purposes in Michigan), but you are under the age of 24 at the time of offense, contact attorney Patrick O’Keefe for a free consultation. It could save your future.