Lexington Pre-Trial Intervention Attorney
Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Lexington, Columbia and Other Areas
Pre-trial intervention, or PTI, is a South Carolina Criminal Diversion
Program operated in each county. PTI is an alternative to criminal prosecution.
As a diversion program, there is no requirement that you admit guilt to
participate. In fact, PTI is only for people who have not already plead
guilty or been convicted by the court.
If you want to learn more about PTI, don't hesitate to get in touch
with an experienced defense firm. At the Law Office of James R. Snell,
Jr., LLC, our team is backed by decades of experience and is dedicated
to handling each case with excellence. We have handled cases on behalf
of hundreds of clients and work towards the best possible outcome on each
client's behalf. We offer
free consultations to help you get started!
To find out if you qualify,
discuss your case with a Lexington
criminal defense lawyer at our firm.
What You Need to Know about PTI
Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, we have experience negotiating pre-trial intervention (PTI) for clients
who deserve a second chance. We have placed clients charged with a variety
of offenses from criminal domestic violence (CDV) to armed robbery in
the PTI program. To find out if PTI might be a good option for you, contact
our office at your earliest convenience! This may be an ideal way to resolve
a serious misdemeanor crime, such as criminal
domestic violence or
marijuana possession. PTI can also result in a dismissal and expungement of many serious felony
crimes. Below, we have answered several common questions concerning PTI:
Why should I consider PTI for my case?
If you are accepted and complete the PTI program, this will result in
a dismissal of your charge and an expungement of your arrest record.
Why not just plea bargain or pay a fine?
If you enter any criminal plea, even to a fine payment, you will face
a permanent criminal record. Depending on your charge, you may also face
probation, a jail sentence or driver's license suspension. These are
all avoided by PTI.
If I am innocent should I consider PTI?
It depends. If the prosecutor offers you PTI and you complete the program,
it will result in your case being dismissed. This is a guaranteed "best
result" outcome. You will not have any risk of a jail sentence or
criminal record. A criminal trial always presents some risk of being found
guilty and PTI negates that possibility.
Who is eligible for PTI?
Typically individuals with no or only a very minimal criminal record will
qualify. There are no age restrictions, and anyone facing criminal charges
in magistrate, municipal, or general sessions courts may qualify. In almost
all circumstances individuals are only eligible to go through PTI once.
Who decides if PTI is an option?
Cases are only referred to PTI upon the recommendation of the prosecutor.
The judge has no authority to determine who can or can't receive PTI.
What charges can be referred to PTI?
Many misdemeanor and felony charges can be resolved through PTI. Eligible
charges include criminal domestic violence, burglary,
shoplifting, and drug possession. Exceptions to PTI eligibility include
DUI and major
What does PTI involve?
Completion of PTI includes 30-50 hours of community service, a counseling
program, passing drug screenings and writing a short report. PTI for criminal
domestic violence will include a 26 weeks of domestic abuse counseling.
What fees are charged for PTI?
The PTI office will charge an initial $100 fee for application into the
program. Upon acceptance, there is an additional charge of $250. Further
there are at least two drug tests which will cost approximately $30 each.
How long does PTI take?
On average PTI takes six to nine months to complete from the time you
are initially referred by the prosecutor. During this time, you remain
on bond and must continue to comply with all bond restrictions and check
in procedures required by your bondsman.
Do I have to enroll or complete PTI?
No. Neither the prosecutor nor the court has the authority to order you
or sentence you to PTI. If you decide to enroll in PTI and then change
your mind you have a right to leave the program and have your charges
returned to court for prosecution.