Charleston County Probate Judge
Charleston County Probate Judge
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.
This program has been created for those who are ready to face their addiction and mental health issues. If you are a justice-involved veteran with addiction and/or mental health issues, here is important information for your consideration:
To apply to Drug Court, please ask your lawyer for a referral.
As a Veterans Treatment Court participant, you will be required to fully participate in the program.
Court will be on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Charleston County Judicial Center, 100 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401
You will be required to:
NOTE that failure to comply* with any of the above will result in progressive sanctions including dismissal from the program. Arrest warrants and/or new arrests and charges could result in being terminated from the program and, if so, you will immediately begin serving your pre-negotiated prison sentence. You DO NOT get credit for your time spent in Veterans Treatment Court. The Veterans Treatment Court Staff will make all decisions regarding termination from the program.
*Failure to comply includes consistently missing and/or failing numerous drug tests and/or hair tests, demonstrating a lack of program participation, failing to cooperate with the treatment counselor, and failure to work through the program.
To apply to Veterans Treatment Court, please ask your lawyer for a referral.
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.
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