Pre-trial Intervention Explained

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Last modified on June 3, 2024

Pre-Trial Intervention, or PTI, is a diversionary program in South Carolina designed for first-time offenders charged with non-violent offenses. If a person is accepted into PTI, and successfully completes the requirements, the charges against them are dismissed and criminal prosecution is avoided.

Who is eligible for PTI in South Carolina?

Many first-time misdemeanor and felony charges are eligible for PTI. Anyone facing criminal charges in magistrate, municipal, or general sessions court may qualify.

Who is not eligible for PTI in South Carolina?

·      Someone who previously has been accepted into an intervention program; or

·      Someone charged with:

  •   Blackmail; DUI or DUAC; a traffic-related offense which is punishable only by fine or loss of points; a fish, game, wildlife, or commercial fishery-related offense which is punishable by a loss of 18 points as provided in Section 50-9-1120; a crime of violence as defined in Section 16-1-60; or an offense contained in Chapter 25 of Title 16 if the offender has been convicted previously of that chapter or a similar offense in another jurisdiction.  

South Carolina PTI Application Fees:

1.     $100 application fee

2.     Upon acceptance, there is an additional charge of $250

Should I participate in PTI?

Contact our office for a free consultation. We can help you determine if PTI is the best course of action for your case. 

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