The Solicitor's Office is the prosecuting agency for criminal matters in Circuit Court, Family Court, and, in some cases, Magistrate's Court. Circuit courts are divided into two sections: the Court of Common Pleas, which pertains to civil matters; and the Court of General Sessions, which involves matters that are criminal in nature.
Prosecution of individuals charge with crimes which carry a potential punishment of more than 30 days confinement and/or more than $1,000 in fines.
Prosecution of juveniles (or minors under the age of 17) for criminal offenses and status is handled through Family Court.
also called PTI, is just as the name implies. It is intervening into a case before it comes to Court. This system allows the defendant to be diverted from conviction, enter a program of restitution, counseling and guidance, and return to society without the bad mark of a criminal record.
Only defendants who do not present a threat to society, have no significant prior criminal history, and involve non-violent crimes are allowed this one time "second chance".
In cases where it is appropriate to compensate victims for their losses, restitution is required from the defendant before he or she can complete the diversion program.
PTI is a self-supporting agency under the control and supervision of the Circuit Solicitor's Office, and is supported through cooperation of judicial, law enforcement and community service agencies.
Allows a first time juvenile offender of a nonviolent crime to avoid going to court by completing a tailor-made outline determined by a hearing. The reduction of the caseload on the Department of Juvenile Justice (ADJ) allows the staff to concentrate on more serious cases. Permits the community to play an active part in the juvenile justice system.
An advocacy program which assists victims and witnesses of crimes throughout the prosecutorial process. VWAP provides assistance with Victim Impact Statements, compensation, referrals, notification of case proceedings, courtroom procedures/accompaniment and employer and/or creditor intervention. VWAP works cooperatively with other advocacy, criminal justice and community agencies to improve services to victims.
Upon completion of all program requirements, the participants will have their drug court charge(s) dismissed, and the charges are eligable for expungement. If a person fails to complete the program, the participant will be terminated from the Adult Drug Court program and the individual’s original General Sessions sentence will be imposed.
The Worthless Check Unit operates within the Office of the Solicitor to provide for the collection and distribution of restitution to the victims of worthless checks. The Program transfers the collection process from the victim to the Solicitor’s Office, reducing the victim’s work and cost associated with collections.
Participation by a victim in the Worthless Check Program is optional.
The Worthless Check Program is self-sustaining under the control and supervision of the Solicitor’s Office and is supported through cooperation of the judicial, law enforcement, and community service agencies. Operational costs are recovered from the offenders.
The establishment of a Worthless Check Unit within the Solicitor’s Office has been authorized by the Legislature in S.C. Code of Laws Section 17-22-710 and is in partnership with the county governing body.