Ninth Judicial Circuit Diversion Services are programs mandated by State Statute that allow eligible applicants the opportunity to get certain types of pending charges dismissed with successful program completion. This is accomplished for participants without the risk a criminal record (in PTI, AEP & WCU). The traffic diversion program (TEP) abolishes the risk of incurring an impaired driving record. All program applicants receive a series of requirements and once successfully completed, charges are eligible for dismissal and expungement. Although created by State Statute, our programs are self-supporting. The Diversion Services programs and staff are under the control and supervision of the 9th Judicial Circuit Solicitor, Scarlett Wilson. Our operations are made possible by the cooperation of Judicial, Law Enforcement, and Community agencies. There are two Diversion Services offices in the 9th Circuit. They are located downtown Charleston at 101 Meeting St., 2nd floor Suite 230 and in the Moncks Corner Courthouse at 300 B California Ave. Applicants must apply to the county office where the citation occurred. Cases may be handled locally or out of area. Please see below for more specific information on each program.
You may type your information on the Intake applications provided and print for your convenience. Be sure to bring the completed Intake form with other designated items when you apply to our office locations in person. If you live outside of the local area, AEP, TEP and PTI applicants may apply for diversion through the mail.
However, If applying to PTI with General Sessions charges, all participants must have a mandatory meeting with their Diversion case manager on site prior to PTI acceptance. All participants can be supervised while living in a different location.
Pretrial Intervention (PTI) - Ages 17 and up. This program handles both General Sessions and Misdemeanor/Magistrate (or Summary) cases. The application process for each charge level is different so please see "PTI Application Process" for complete information.
Alcohol Education Program (AEP) - Restricted to ages 17 to 20 at the time of the offense and only for minor alcohol and alcohol related charges. Walk in applications and out of area processes are described in the brochure below.
Traffic Education Program (TEP) - Easy mail in application process but walk ins are also accepted. This program can be completed in 1 day with 4 hours defensive driving and 4 hours community service. This is a great opportunity to maintain a good driving record.
Worthless Check Program (WCU) - This is a free service to victims of bad checks. Contacting check writers, collection and victim restitution payments are the unit's primary purposes. Check writers may avoid the costly court process if the check is resolved prior to the bench warrant process. A Victim worksheet or brochure may be printed from this site below.