Pre-Trial Intervention Director Judy Steadman Receives Award
Judy V. Steadman was awarded the Donald H. Holland Lifetime Achievement Award at the
SC Solicitorsí Association Annual Conference held September 22-25, 2013. The award is given
annually at the discretion of the SC Association of Pretrial Intervention Programs to an
employee who exemplifies a sustained level of service to the PTI/Juvenile Service Field and
has demonstrated leadership qualities and a commitment to public service through creativity,
innovation and dedication. The award was given to Judy at the opening ceremony of the conference
by Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor W. Walt Wilkins.
Judy is a graduate of Winthrop University where she also received a Masterís Degree. She
became a counselor in the Greenville office of Pretrial Services in the Thirteenth Circuit
Solicitorís Office in 2000. In 2002 she was made Coordinator of all Pretrial Services. Under
Judyís leadership adult and juvenile drug courts were started, mental health court established,
an Alcohol Education Program was begun, and a Juvenile Arbitration Program established in Pickens.
"Judy maintains excellent communications with the public, law enforcement, judicial staff
and community partners," states Solicitor Wilkins. "Through her outstanding leadership, Judy has made the thirteenth Circuit Pretrial Services a model for the state."
Pre-Trial Intervention - Program Description
PreĖTrial Intervention is a diversion program for first time non-violent criminal offenders. The
program requires the participant to perform community service work, receive individual or group
counseling, and pay restitution to the victim if applicable. If the participant successfully completes
the program, the charge(s) will be dismissed and the participant is eligible to apply for an
expungement of the charge(s). Only participants who do not present a threat to society and who have
no significant prior criminal history are allowed to participate in the program. An individual may
participate in the program only once.
Pre-Trial Intervention is a self-supporting agency under the control and supervision of the
Solicitor of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. It is supported through the cooperation of judicial,
law enforcement and community service agencies.
Applications are accepted Monday Ė Friday from 9 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm. All applications
must be made in person. You must present all of the items listed below at the time of application:
- Picture Identification - You must present a current picture identification. The following are acceptable forms of identification: driverís license, driverís permit, passport, state identification, school identification, or work identification.
- Social Security Card - If you do not have your social security card, you will need to contact the Social Security Administration to apply for a new card. Please ask for a print out that will verify your name and social security number. The nearest Social Security Administration Offices are located at 319 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC or 3420 Clemson Blvd, Anderson, SC. The office hours are Monday-Friday 9 am Ė 4 pm.
- Warrant or ticket - For charges in Magistrate or Municipal Court, you will need to contact the court for a copy of the warrant or ticket. For charges in General Sessions, you will need to notify the receptionist at the time of application that you do not have the ticket or the warrant. Your application can not be processed without a copy of the ticket or warrant. If you received a referral form from Magistrate or Municipal Court, you must present the referral from at the time of application.
- A money order or cashierís check for $100.00 - Cash, personal checks or credit cards are not accepted.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long will it take before I know if my case has been accepted into PTI?
On average, it takes between four and six weeks to get a case accepted into the program.
However, that time can vary depending on several factors, including the number of charges,
the number of victims and whether or not there is any restitution that will be owed. Generally,
the more charges you have and the more victims who are involved, the longer it takes to get
a case accepted.
Will you call me or send a letter?
We will send a letter to the mailing address you provided when you applied to the program.
The letter will tell you when to appear for your orientation. If you fail to show for your
orientation, your case will be returned to court for prosecution. It is very important for
you to notify us if you change your address after you have applied to the program.
When do I have to pay the $250 program fee?
The program fee is due in full at your orientation. We do not arrange payment plans for
the program fee, so you must be prepared to pay the entire amount at your orientation.
We recommend that you do not wait until you receive your acceptance letter to start setting
aside money for this fee. You should begin preparing to pay this fee immediately after
you apply to the program.
If my application for PTI is rejected, what happens next?
If you receive a letter stating that your PTI application has been rejected, you are
responsible for contacting the court where your charge originated to find out your new
court date. If you have a magistrate or municipal charge, the name of the court is listed
on your ticket under the heading of trial officer. If you have a General Sessions charge,
you may call the Solicitorís Office at 864.467.8648.
If I pay my $100 application fee and then my case is rejected because of some
prior convictions or because I have been through PTI before, can I get my money back?
The application fee is non-refundable. Before we accept any money from a defendant, we
ask detailed questions about any possible prior convictions or prior PTI participation.
f you are unsure about your prior criminal history, we ask that you conduct your own background
check before paying the application fee.
I applied to PTI and paid my application fee, but then I received a notice to appear
in court for this charge. Should I just ignore the notice?
If you receive a notice to show to court after you have applied to PTI, please contact
your PTI intake counselor at 864.467.8717. If you are unable to reach your intake counselor,
you will need to appear for your court date and take a copy of your PTI application fee
receipt to show that you have applied to the program.
I applied to PTI in Greenville County, but I just got a new job in another county/state.
Can I transfer my PTI case?
We can transfer cases or handle them long-distance. If you wish to transfer your case, please
contact your PTI intake counselor and provide him/her with your new address and telephone number.
We will only transfer cases prior to or immediately following acceptance into the program Ė
once you have started your program requirements, we will not transfer your case.
If I am accepted in the program, what will I be required to do?
Program requirements vary based on your charge(s), but generally, participants are required
to complete community service work, attend counseling, attend a prison tour, take random
drug screens, pay restitution and attend case management appointments. Your specific program
requirements will be given to you at your first appointment with your counselor.