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
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. There are printable brochures
and information documents to describe each application and participation
process. Application forms for all Diversion Services
programs are also available to be printed from this site and can
be completed ahead of time. In most cases, application time will
The Ninth Circuit
Diversion Services Director
- 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 ďPTI Application ProcessĒ 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.
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.
Check Program (WCU)-This
is a free service to victims of bad checks. Contacting check
writers, collection and victim restitution payments are the unitís
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.
Notice from the Solicitor
The Ninth Judicial Solicitorís
Office has taken a strong position in prosecuting those who threaten our
community and break our laws. We recognize, however, that first-time offenders
of nonviolent crimes may sincerely wish to turn their lives around, and that we
may all benefit from their doing so through our Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI).
Our program requires the participant to repay the community and the victim for
criminal activity through community service or restitution; to gain an
understanding of the judicial system through court observation and prison tours;
and to be a productive and responsible citizen. While in PTI, participants must
undergo drug treatment or counseling sessions and must submit to random drug
testing to ensure their compliance.
In return for compliance with
all Pretrial requirements, participants will be eligible to have all records of
their criminal arrest that were referred to the Pretrial Program removed from
their record. I urge anyone who is genuinely committed to leading a responsible
and productive life in our community to take advantage of an acceptance into PTI.
Scarlett A. Wilson