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Appeals of HYTA denial

Practice Area: Criminal defense

Outcome: HYTA granted on appeal

Description: Clients were denied HYTA status by a district court judge, even though clients possessed an exemplary background, school record, employment history, and clean criminal history. We appealed these cases to the circuit court, and two separate judges overturned the prior decisions of the district court judge, citing that the district court judge did not take into account the HYTA factors from the statute and caselaw, and that the district court judge was engaging in a local sentencing policy to not grant HYTA to anyone involved in a campus rioting situation.

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