Fourth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office of South Carolina
Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI)2018-07-02T13:25:43+00:00

PRE-TRIAL INTERVENTION

A Second Chance.

What is PTI?

Pre-trial Intervention, PTI,  is a program for first time offenders who have been charged with non-violent crimes. The program consists of counseling, education, community service programs and other requirements to be completed by the participant.
The goal of this program is to give first time offenders a second chance. Offenders may only participate in the program once.
If at any time during the process the offender does not comply with the requirements of the program, the case will be returned to the court for prosecution.
Successful completion of this program will allow the court to expunge the offender’s arrest record.

Why should I participate in PTI?
If you are convicted of charges by entering a guilty plea, or by being found guilty at trial, the conviction will remain on your criminal record for the rest of your life.
PTI offers you a chance to clear those charges from your arrest record.  Also, your driver’s license will not be revoked for charges which require revocation.

Who is Eligible?

  • DUI charges are not eligible for PTI
  • The offender cannot have a significant prior criminal record
  • The offender must be referred to PTI by the Solicitor, Judge or Magistrate
  • The offender poses no threat to the community
  • The offender is unlikely to be involved in further criminal activity
  • The offender is likely to respond quickly to rehabilitation treatment
  • The needs of the offender and state can be better served outside the traditional justice system

How does PTI work?

  • Referral: Applicants are referred by the Solicitor, Judge or Magistrate. All parties in the case are contacted and a criminal history is checked.
  • Application and Participation: At the initial interview, the offender pays a $350 Application/Participation fee.  Application must be accompanied by a social security card, driver’s license or other picture ID, and the warrant ticket.
  • Dismissal: Upon successful completion of the program, an expungement order for destruction of arrest records is prepared. The cost is $250 per expungement plus a $35 Clerk of Court fee.
  • Payment: Money Orders only are accepted as payment for fees.
  • Successful Completion: Participants must be employed or enrolled in school, adult education or GED program if applicable.  Most participants will be required to attend group or individual counseling in addition to at least 40 hours of community service work.  Other requirements may include attending a prison tour and/or drug testing.  Restitution of payment to the victim must be paid in full.