In South Carolina, the Solicitor is the chief prosecuting attorney within a judicial circuit. South Carolina has sixteen judicial circuits which are comprised of two or more counties within the State. The jurisdiction of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office includes Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick, and Saluda counties.
Our office handles criminal matters in the Court of General Sessions (Criminal Court), Family Court, and Magistrate Court for certain criminal charges. General Sessions court is for crimes that carry a potential punishment of more than 30 days in jail and/or more than $1,000 in fines. Generally, the prosecution of juveniles is conducted in Family Court. Magistrate Court is for misdemeanor criminal offenses that carry up to 30 days in jail and/or fines up to $1,000.
The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office has several diversion programs that upon successful completion allows an individual charged with a crime to be rehabilitated thus avoiding a conviction and a criminal record.