Refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test, a .15 or higher test result or a conviction, a defendant must enroll within thirty (30) days of the conviction and there is a $500 fee.
The Magistrate Court Division Assistant Solicitors in Horry County also handle all third-degree DV cases, while in Georgetown County they handle third-degree assault and battery cases from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, where a defendant has requested a Jury Trial and all third-degree DV cases from the Sheriff’s Office.
In Horry and Georgetown counties, when someone is arrested on a third-degree DV charge by Horry County Police or deputies with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, the defendant is given a court date on their ticket or with their bond information. Victims will be sent a letter with a court date and will also receive a call from a 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office victim advocate.
Domestic Violence Court is held once a month.
If a victim requests a dismissal he or she must go to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office where the charge is being handled and submit an affidavit requesting dismissal.
The form must be submitted by the victim, who has to bring the form and identification for verification with them to the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s Office when they submit the request.
Filling out this affidavit does not guarantee the charge will be dismissed. The Assistant Solicitor will take it into consideration and the victim will still be required to attend all court appearances unless he or she is notified otherwise from our office.