Charleston County Adult Drug Court provides an alternative to traditional prosecution and incarceration of nonviolent offenders with substance abuse problems. The goal of Drug Court is to reduce crime and rehabilitate offenders through court supervision and substance abuse treatment. The program is designed to promote self-sufficiency and personal responsibility. Participation requires a personal commitment. Members of the Drug Court Team guide and assist participants, but the ultimate responsibility for recovery is theirs. Defendants must be motivated change their lives and commit to a more responsible way of life.
The program involves working with the Drug Court staff, all dedicated to the participant's recovery for a minimum of 15 months. The defendant's charges are dismissed upon successful completion of the five-phase program.
Participants must understand the long-term commitment involved in Drug Court. Participants will be involved with self-help meetings, weekly court appearances, submit to random drug testing and attend all treatment sessions. The Drug Court staff assists participants in successfully completing the program, but the choice and effort to change their lifestyle is theirs.
The Juvenile Drug Court Program is a comprehensive and intensive outpatient treatment program designed to help juveniles struggling with addiction return to a drug-free lifestyle while building life skills, continuing their education, and strengthening their family's ability to provide structure. The program provides comprehensive supervision, drug testing, treatment services along with sanctions and incentives. Participation in this program is a privilege and requires a commitment from the juvenile and their family. Members of the Juvenile Drug Court Team are present to provide guidance and assistance. In order to be successful in this program, the juvenile must be motivated to make positive changes and commit to lead a responsible life.
The program consists of three phases, each of which can be completed within 2-4 months. An individualized treatment plan is developed by the treatment providers. The plan outlines goals that must be reached before moving from one phase to the next.
The Charleston County Mental Health Court is a diversion program designed for mentally ill defendants arrested for misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenses.
To participate, Defendants must:
The Supreme Court Order issued December 8, 2002, specifically states that defendants charged with criminal domestic violence are not allowed in the program. Likewise, defendants charged with a lewd act on a minor are not allowed to participate. All victims are advised regarding a defendant's acceptance into or discharge from the program. A victim's opinion regarding a defendant’s participation in the program is heavily considered though the final decision rests with the Solicitor and the Mental Health Court team.
The Charleston County Veterans Treatment Court is a voluntary 5 phase program for adults with prior military service, including National Guard, Coast Guard and reservists who have been charged with one or more criminal offenses in Charleston County, South Carolina, and who are struggling with addiction, mental illness and/or trauma-related disorders such as PTSD.
The mission of the Charleston County Veterans Treatment Court is to honor the service of justice-involved veterans by providing a rehabilitative program that combines intensive judicial supervision, mentorship, and treatment services to address veteran’s treatment needs, and enhances public safety by returning law-abiding and productive citizens to the community.
Participants must plead guilty upfront to current charge and accept the negotiated sentence which will be imposed if terminated from Veterans Treatment Court. However, the charges for participants with addiction issues will be dismissed upon successful completion of the five-phase program.
Veteran participants will be involved in a treatment program over approximately 15 months, which includes attending weekly court appearances, meeting with a veteran mentor regularly, attending self-help meetings, submitting to random drug testing and attending all treatment sessions. Your attorney will provide you with application information.
The Charleston County Veterans Treatment Court relies on cooperation and collaboration among the criminal justice system, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, veteran’s service organizations, and community treatment agencies to provide comprehensive treatment for veterans. In addition to these entities, the Court also relies on Veteran Mentors. Veteran Mentors are veterans or qualified active duty personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces who volunteer their time to assist the Court.
Mentor duties and responsibilities include meeting with your Veteran Treatment Court participant once a week for at least one hour, including participation at court. To be eligible, the mentor must be in good standing with the law and agree to adhere to all of the Charleston County Veterans Treatment Court program’s policies and procedures and its mentoring program. All mentors must commit to participation for a minimum of (1) year or until Charleston County Veterans Treatment Court participant graduates. Mentors must complete the required Mentor Orientation Program and any training as specified by the court prior to participation in the Charleston County Veterans Treatment Court.