Drug Court

Charleston Drug Court

The Charleston Drug Court program is an alternative to traditional sentencing of nonviolent offenders with substance abuse problems.  The program offers eligible offenders a 12-24 month intensive outpatient drug treatment program.  Before entering the program, clients must plead guilty to at least one charge in General Sessions Court (however, a sentence is not imposed), and agree to mandatory prison if they do not successfully complete the program.

Why do It?

Charleston Drug Court provides help for those that are struggling with their addiction but it also provides relief, if successful, in that your charges are dismissed and can be expunged from your record.  Importantly, the program has the support of the Charleston Police Department, see Charleston Police Chief’s Home Robbed.

Who runs drug court?

The Charleston County Drug Court program is run by a team consisting of a judge, director, treatment counselors, solicitor, public defenders, probation officer and staff.

How are you eligible?

Acceptable candidates have:

Process for admission

Requirements for Charleston drug court

What happens when you are successful

If successful:

If unsuccessful:

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