The immediate consequences of drug-related arrest in Monck's Corner can be difficult to deal with. Unfortunately, the long-term effects can be just as challenging. Having a past drug arrest on one's public record can limit their opportunities to exercise certain civil rights, get a job and even qualify for housing. Those facing such charges, then, should look for every opportunity to mitigate the impact of their arrests.
Fortunately, one may have the opportunity to participate in Drug Court. Entering into Drug Court requires that one plead guilty to the charges against them and request that they be considered for participation. If eligible, they must then commit to going through a structured process involving mandatory counseling sessions, court appearances, and random drug tests, all designed to help them overcome the issues (both addiction and non-addiction) that resulted in them being charged in the first place. A case manager is assigned to each participant to help monitor their individual progress. Per the South Carolina Legislature, both the state's First and Ninth judicial circuits (of which Dorchester, Berkley, and Charleston counties are part of) offer the option of Drug Court.
According to South Carolina's Drug Court Program Act, to qualify one must meet the following criteria:
- Be charged with a nonviolent, drug-related offense
- Plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) to the charge
- Be found guilty and placed on probation contingent on their completion of the Drug Court program
Anyone who has already gone through the Drug Court program is not eligible for participation again.
One must cover the cost of their participation in the Drug Court program themselves. Such an investment may ultimately be worth it, however, as upon ending the program, one can petition to have any record of their drug arrest destroyed.