DRUG CRIMES UNIT

Approximately 70% of the work that our office does is either narcotics prosecution or the prosecution of property and violent crimes related to the sale and use of narcotics. The use and sale of narcotics is the single most significant driver of criminal activity in our community. In light of this fact we take the issue very seriously and have assumed a multi-faceted approach to resolving the problem.

Our narcotics prosecution team is comprised of experienced prosecutors that take a firm but measured approach to cases involving everything from first-time simple possessions to career drug dealers. Given that the majority of property and violent crimes involve some link to drugs, the drug unit plays a valuable role in overall crime control for the community. Taking the lead from South Carolina’s repeat offender laws that provide for increasing punishments for subsequent drug offenses, the drug unit provides chances and treatment to new offenders when appropriate while taking a gradually tougher stance with the repeat offenders. As a result the Sixteenth Circuit consistently enjoys lower homicide and violent crime rates in comparison to neighboring jurisdictions.

The office is particularly proud of the work that is done in our Drug Treatment Courts where offenders who have “hit bottom” are given a unique opportunity to resolve their cases favorably if they plead guilty and successfully complete an 18-24 month intensive rehabilitation program. If they fail out of the program due to non-compliance they are returned to court for a pre-determined prison sentence to be imposed. If they succeed they are given the opportunity to withdraw their plea and work towards an expungement of the charge. Two out of three people who successfully complete the program manage to completely turn their lives around and do not re-offend within three years.

Approximately 70% of the work that our office does is either narcotics prosecution or the prosecution of property and violent crimes related to the sale and use of narcotics. The use and sale of narcotics is the single most significant driver of criminal activity in our community. In light of this fact we take the issue very seriously and have assumed a multi-faceted approach to resolving the problem.

Our narcotics prosecution team comprises experienced prosecutors who take a firm but measured approach to cases involving everything from first-time simple possessions to career drug dealers. Given that the majority of property and violent crimes involve some link to drugs, the drug unit plays a valuable role in overall crime control for the community. Taking the lead from South Carolina’s repeat offender laws that provide for increasing punishments for subsequent drug offenses, the drug unit provides chances and treatment to new offenders when appropriate while taking a gradually tougher stance with the repeat offenders. As a result the Sixteenth Circuit consistently enjoys lower homicide and violent crime rates in comparison to neighboring jurisdictions.

The office is particularly proud of the work that is done in our Drug Treatment Courts where offenders who have “hit bottom” are given a unique opportunity to resolve their cases favorably if they plead guilty and successfully complete an 18-24 month intensive rehabilitation program. If they fail out of the program due to non-compliance they are returned to court for a pre-determined prison sentence to be imposed. If they succeed they are given the opportunity to withdraw their plea and work towards an expungement of the charge. Two out of three people who successfully complete the program manage to completely turn their lives around and do not re-offend within three years.

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16th Circuit Solicitor's Office
16th Circuit Solicitor's Office7 days ago

Yesterday, Derrick Cook was sentenced to eighteen years for breaking into a York County man’s house in the middle of the night and duct-taping and assaulting him.

Cook was scheduled for trial but pleaded guilty to a range of fifteen years...