Man Arrested For Owing $214,647 In Child Support

A man who allegedly owes $214,647 in child support to five women was charged Friday in the city’s 36th District Court. Tyrease Hicks, 41, was arrested by Detroit Police last week at an eastside home on warrants for five separate felony charges of failure to pay child support.

He was arraigned earlier on two charges and faced the remaining charges Friday. Although Hicks was granted a personal recognizance bond, he’s been held in the Wayne County Jail since last week to assure his appearance in court.

A preliminary examination on all five charges is set to be held in the district court June 21. Detroit Police were tipped to Hicks’ location last week by the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.

Failure to pay child support in Michigan is considered a felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison.

In order to bond out before the arraignment, you will be required to post a bond of 25% of the arrearage or at least $500.00, whatever amount is higher.  If you are unable to do so, the court will address the issue of bond at the arraignment and preliminary examination.  Unless good cause is show on the record, the court has to order the bond to continue at the amount of 25% of the arrearage or at least $500.00, whatever amount is higher.

If convicted the court may suspend your sentence if you file with the court a bond with the amount and sureties the court requires.  At minimum, the bond must be conditioned on your compliance with the support order.

If the court does suspend your sentence, but you do not comply with the support order or another condition of the bond, the court may have a show cause hearing where you will have to appear and show cause why the court should not impose the sentence and enforce the bond.  After the hearing, the court may enforce the bond, impose the sentence, both, or may permit the filing of a new bond and again suspend the sentence.

This felony child support statute is one of strict liability, this means that a defendant cannot assert a defense at trial of the inability to pay.
If you have questions about child support in Michigan contact Ambrose Law Group at 248-624-5500 or visit our website

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