As a criminal defense attorney, I am frequently asked about pretrial diversion programs and the potential expungement of a person's criminal record. While a judicial dismissal of a charge or a "not guilty" verdict from a jury allows a defendant to have their record expunged, that is not always in the cards. The good news is it doesn't have to be. Let's take a look at some general practice points regarding diversion programs, conditional discharges and expungements in South Carolina.
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