Being convicted of a sex crime can be one of the worst experiences a person can go through. The stigma that comes with sex crimes is like no other. However, not all sex crimes are heinous. In fact, sometimes, young people engage in sex with each other, which can leave a person being convicted of a crime that he or she did not even know they were committing.
A 20-year-old Michigan man who pleaded guilty to having sex with a minor because she lied about her age has received some good news in his fight to have his name removed from the sex offender registry in the state. The man, who was 19 at the time of the incident, believed the girl with whom he had sex was 17. She was actually 14 and had lied about her age. The man ended up being sentenced to 90 days in jail for misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct. He was also ordered to serve five years of probation and his name was placed on the state’s sexual offender registry for 25 years.
The man and his family have been fighting the sentencing ever since, given the fact that girl lied about her age and he did not willfully or knowingly commit a crime. The man had sought leniency under Michigan’s Holmes Youthful Training Act (HYTA), which allows a person to have their criminal record expunged after complying with sentencing conditions. HYTA also allows young offenders, aged 17-21, to avoid being added to the sexual registry, but the judge did not grant the man HYTA status. However, the man’s sentence was recently tossed out and a new judge will resentence him. As for now he is still on the registry but his new sentence could change that.
This case is a clear example that even though a person is convicted and sentenced for a crime it doesn’t always mean that that is the final word. With the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, a person in Flint could have their conviction or sentence overturned in some cases. It’s important not to give up even if you have been convicted. If you didn’t get a fair trial or your sentence was too harsh, then you should contact the law office of Nickola for help. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers will review your case and determine if seeking another trial or a reduced sentence is in your best interest. Please contact us for help if you are facing any kind of criminal charges in Flint. Click here to contact us online or give us a call at 810-767-5420.
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