Articles Tagged with SORA

The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA) provides an avenue for persons that are from 17 years old to before the person’s 21st birthday (at the time of the offense) to avoid a conviction and Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) compliance.  Although a Defendant charged with a sex offense might be age eligible for HYTA there are other requirements pursuant to Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) 762.11 which might prevent the Defendant from receiving HYTA:

1) The Defendant must plead guilty, according to MCL 762.11(1).  A Defendant who is convicted at trial is ineligible for HYTA status.  The statute also does not provide for HYTA status for Defendants that plead no contest;
2) The Defendant must not have a prior conviction or adjudication for an offense which requires SORA registration, pursuant to MCL 762.11(3)(a).  This applies to persons that have a prior sex offense as an adult or juvenile.

The following blog contains general information, that should not be relied upon in substitution for the advice and the representation of a criminal defense lawyer familiar with the facts and circumstances of your particular case.  The law is subject to modification based upon the development of legal precedent, and changes to the existing statutory law, which could effect its application to your particular circumstances.

The Michigan Sex Offender Registation Act (SORA) is found in the Michigan Compiled Laws Sections 28.721 et seq.  There have been some recent amendments to the Act that were implemented on July 1, 2011.  Highlights of the new changes are as follows:
Three Tier System – you should always consult with an experienced  criminal defense attorney as to how a particular allegation is classified for purposes of the Michigan Sex Offender Registry