If you are facing misdemeanor drug charges in South Carolina, pretrial drug intervention may provide you with a way to avoid prosecution and conviction. Convictions remain on your record and can often have repercussions on where you want to work or live. Pre-trial interventions do not include pleading guilty nor does it involve accepting jail time. Drug charges, particularly misdemeanor charges, do qualify for pretrial intervention or PTI.

According to the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the PTI program helps first-time offenders who have non-violent offenses. The idea behind PTI is to give the defendant the opportunity to make a change in his or her life. There are programs in place to help rectify bad behavior and to help people keep from committing the same offense again. The types of crimes that you may find under the umbrella of PTI include:

  • Drug possession
  • Larceny
  • Domestic violence crimes

You complete a few different programs. For instance, some have to complete community service hours, pass drug testing and perhaps even complete a counseling session. The programs that you have to fulfill will directly correlate with your charges. The time that it may take you to complete your session will depend on the type of sessions you receive. Pre-trial intervention is not the same as pleading guilty and instead you may not face jail time, probation or fines. The effort for a PTI usually results in fewer consequences. The act of PTI may even result in dismissed charges or an expunged record.

The information that this article provides is to explain pretrial intervention. Nothing here is legal advice.