Pre-Trial Intervention

Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) in Columbia, South Carolina

Hiring a criminal defense attorney in Columbia, South Carolina is essential, especially when you are considering Pre-Trail Intervention. Strom Law Firm is home to criminal defense attorneys who will fight vigorously in defense of your rights.

PillarsThe experienced criminal defense attorneys of the Strom Law Firm have operated as such since 1996. Our attorneys have experience defending various types of criminal charges and will utilize our professional resources as soon as we begin working on your case.

There are various jails and detention centers in South Carolina, many of which are frequented by the attorneys of our law firm.

Columbia is just one of many service areas, including all of South Carolina, that the Strom Law Firm serves. Our attorneys frequently visit Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, the Lexington County Detention Center, and various other detention centers across the state.

Arrest warrants are served by various law enforcement agencies in South Carolina.

Criminal charges may be served by any law enforcement agency in South Carolina. There are numerous courts which may hear your case.

Contacting a professional attorney is an important step to take immediately after arrest. Contacting the Strom Law Firm immediately may help you successfully navigate pretrial sanctions and alleviate potential damages before a trial takes place.

South Carolina Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI)

This program typically consists of 30-50 hours of community service, counseling, passing drug screenings, and written assignments. The main goal of PTI is to provide intervention services to hopefully deter future criminal activity and provides first time offenders a second chance through rehabilitative services.

Many charges can be dismissed through successful completion of the PTI program and individuals with no prior record may qualify for this diversion program.  PTI is a one-time opportunity, so you cannot take advantage of the PTI program more than once.  After successful completion of this program, your charges will be dismissed and your charge will be eligible for expungement from your record.  Depending on the charges against you, without PTI you may face fines, jail time and loss of certain rights.

Excluded Offenses

  • Crimes of Violence
  • DUI
  • DUS
  • Other crimes prohibited by SC law

Participation in PTI in South Carolina

Once you have been accepted into the PTI program, the charges against you are placed on “hold”.  You continued participation in the PTI program ensures your case will not be called to trial.  There will be a participation fee required for initial enrollment in the program and once enrolled, the requirements of your counseling, community service and/or restitution will be outlined per the specific charge against you.

More on Richland County in Columbia, South Carolina

Richland County, one of the largest counties in South Carolina, is home to county seat and state capital Columbia. Richland County is home to several important landmarks including the SC State House and the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Finlay Park ColumbiaAlso located in Columbia is the largest U.S. Army installation for Basic Combat Training, a U.S. Army base named Fort Jackson. Fort Jackson is responsible for training half of Army soldiers annually, including over 60% of our women soldiers. Fort Jackson, primarily utilized as a training facility, sees over 35,000 potential soldiers each year and is home to over 12,000 military families, contributing largely to Columbia’s economy.

The University of South Carolina, the state flagship university of South Carolina, is the proud home of the Gamecocks. The university’s Columbia campus educated upwards of 32,000 students annually. The university and city of Columbia are partners, as the university produces important economic growth and Columbia is ranked as the #3 college town in the United States.

Columbia is also home to various natural landmarks. Multiple rivers, including the Broad River, Saluda River, and Wateree River each run through Columbia, which is also home to Lake Murray. Boating, sailing, biking, and swimming are all popular attractions at these natural locations and provide entertainment and attractions for local residents and visitors.

Columbia’s downtown scene includes popular bar areas Five Points and The Vista. Five Points is located on Harden Street, and is perhaps the most popular downtown area. Students have frequented Five Points for decades, not just for its bar scene but also for classic eateries and boutique shopping. The Vista, located on Gervais Street, is a popular downtown area for young professionals and offers upscale dining and scenic views of the Congaree river.

DUI arrests in Richland County may be made by South Carolina Highway Patrol or any other law enforcement agency. Depending on the arresting agency, a DUI case may be heard by the Central Court, City Court, or a Magistrate Court. A local police station or the Alvin S. Glenn detention center may hold alleged offenders directly after their arrest. A bond hearing will take place after a short period of time. Having an attorney from the inception of your case is an imperative action to defend your rights.

Our attorneys frequently have significant experience in The City of Columbia City Court, located at 811 Washington St., Columbia, SC 29201, and Central Court, located at 1701 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201. Our attorneys also frequently visit the Alvin S. Glenn detention center, located at 201 John Mark Dial Dr., Columbia, SC 29209.

Richland County is home to numerous highways and interstates. I-20, I-26, and I-77 each run through Richland County, and two other major interstates (I-85 and I-95) run nearby through other counties in South Carolina. The major cities and towns of South Carolina are covered by this interstate and highway system, which also runs through many smaller towns and communities.

Contact the Strom Law Firm immediately after you are arrested.

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