Charleston County Adult Drug Court provides a cost-effective alternative to traditional prosecution and incarceration of nonviolent offenders with substance abuse problems. Crime will be reduced and offenders habilitated through court supervision and substance abuse treatment. The program is designed to promote self-sufficiency and personal responsibility. Participation in this program requires a personal commitment. Members of the Drug Court Team are present to guide and assist defendants, but the final responsibility is the participant's. Defendants must be motivated to make this change 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 12 months. The defendant's charges will be dismissed upon successful completion of the three-phase program.
It is important that participants understand the long-term commitment involved in Drug Court. Participants will be involved with self help meetings; attend weekly court appearances; submit to random drug testing and attend all treatment sessions. The Drug Court staff is here to assist participants' efforts to successfully complete the program, but the choice and effort to change their way of life comes from them.
To be considered for Adult Drug Court, the Solicitor, your lawyer and any victims associated with your charges must agree to Drug Court as an option.
You must be clinically assessed by a Drug Court treatment counselor.
The assessment fee is $100 cash or money order and must be paid prior to assessment.
NOTE: Only certain current charges are eligible for Drug Court and certain items on your prior criminal record may make you ineligible.
YOU MUST PLEAD GUILTY UPFRONT TO YOUR CURRENT CHARGES AND ACCEPT THE NEGOTIATED SENTENCE THAT WILL BE IMPOSED IF YOU FAIL OUT OF DRUG COURT.
Charleston County Adult Drug Court consists of the following:
*Failure to comply with any of the above will result in sanctions (jail, community service, written work, etc.)
Successful completion and "graduation" from the program will result in your charges being dismissed.
Warrants and/or new arrests and charges could result in being terminated from the Charleston County Adult Drug Court Program and you will immediately begin serving your pre-negotiated prison sentence. Other violations that could result in termination include consistently missing and/or failing numerous drug tests and/or hair tests or demonstrating a lack of program participation by failing to cooperate with the treatment counselor and working through the program. You DO NOT get credit for your time spent in Drug Court. The Drug Court Team will make all decisions regarding termination from the program.
To apply to Drug Court, please notify your lawyer for a referral.
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