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The local man, whose name is being withheld due to the special status given to him as a result of Judge Hatty’s ruling, was convicted in 1994 of three felony offenses involving theft and the unlawful possession of fireworks. Despite the fact that he was 18 at the time, he was not given a special status that is commonly given to youthful offenders, referred to as HYTA. Consequently, the three felony convictions would have remained on his record for his lifetime as Michigan only allows an “expungement” if the individual only has one conviction.
Dissatisfied with the advice he received from other lawyers, the man contacted Attorney Nick Leydorf, who specializes in criminal defense across Michigan. After researching the prior history of the case and the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, Leydorf found an important loophole that allowed the man to motion the court to grant him the special status (HYTA) he should have received years ago.
At the hearing before Judge Hatty, Leydorf informed the court that his client had rehabilitated himself since the time of his conviction in 1994. According to Leydorf, “my client exhibited a steady record of employment and education, and also received recognition in the community for his hard work since the criminal offenses he committed.” While his client had worked hard since breaking the law, these convictions were holding his client back. After considering Leydorf’s arguments, Judge Hatty agreed and granted the man HYTA status, which removes the convictions from the man’s record and allows him to report to potential future employers that he does not have any felony convictions on his record.
His lawyer, Michigan criminal defense attorney Nicholas A. Leydorf, commented that this was “the most satisfying result of his career.” Nicholas A. Leydorf is a Michigan criminal attorney who has represented clients facing criminal charges including drunk driving (OWI), criminal sexual conduct and drug crimes. He can be reached for a free consultation by calling (517) 388-6800.