Judges Gavel

A teenager may get a chance to keep his name off the Michigan Sex Offender Registry. A judge said that the prosecutor "did not fulfill and significantly undercut the plea agreement.".

Re-sentencing After Original Sentence Was Vacated

Because the plea agreement with the prosecutor was "breached," the judge vacated the teen’s sentence. His original sentence was 90 days in jail and five years of probation. The prosecution said during the teen’s sentencing that he should probably be sentenced the same as two other defendants. However, those defendants' requests to keep their criminal records clean were denied. When the prosecution made these comments, the judge said this was when the breach of the plea agreement occurred. The teen's original plea agreement said that the prosecutor wouldn't oppose or recommend keeping the conviction off the teen's record.

Re-sentencing Will Happen Under Different Judge

Will the judge presiding over the teen's re-sentencing impose a different sentence? The parents hope so. When the case is reviewed by the judge, it won't be to determine guilt or innocence. This has already happened. However, the teen may want to appeal his conviction; it is unknown at this time.

Sex Crime Charges Can Cause Life-Long Problems

The stigma associated with even being charged with a sex crime can affect your job, your social circle and relationships with family members. A conviction for a sex crime can leave you included in the sex offender registry, which can affect where you can live and work. It's important to have a strong defense strategy. An experienced sex crimes defense attorney can help mitigate the damage to your reputation and limit the amount of exposure to the media. In addition, your defense attorney will review all of the evidence in your case. Expert witnesses may be called in to verify parts of your defense. Finally, your defense attorney can help the judge and jury understand your side of the story, or, if you prefer, negotiate a plea bargain.