We have confirmed Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins has applied for the Pre Trial Intervention (PTI) program in an effort to clear himself of the two misdemeanor charges he’s facing following his arrest on May 3rd.
Police charged Watkins with simple possession of marijuana and possession of two prescription pills (both identified as a type of ADD or ADHD medicine) for which he did not have a prescription.
If Watkins is accepted into the PTI program and successfully completes it he will have both charges removed from his criminal record. The program would also keep him from going to court, facing jail time or losing his drivers license.
The PTI program can last anywhere from 90 days to one year. It requires the participant to go through counseling and perform community service.
According to the First Circuit Solicitors office PTI offers the following benefits:
- 1. Provides any victim(s) with a means to collect restitution;
- 2. Reduces expenses related to criminal prosecution for both the State and the defendant;
- 3. Offers the defendant an opportunity for self-development and awareness of the consequences of further criminal behavior;
- 4. Offers the defendant an opportunity to avoid a criminal history as well as a possible fine and/or incarceration;
- 5. Offers the defendant an opportunity for limited disruption in family life and employment.
PTI is only available to first time offenders who do not have a criminal background and are not involved in violent crimes.