Adult Enhancement Services Division (AES)

Adult Enhancement Services (AES) serves adults involved in the criminal justice system, both pre/post adjudication via the Courts, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department, NC Child Support Enforcement Program and the community through our programs and services to assist these adults in becoming viable members of society.

The New Hanover County Misdemeanor Diversion Program (MDP) is aimed at diverting eligible 16 and 17 year olds from the adult criminal justice system. It allows first time, non-violent youthful offenders the opportunity to avoid formal charges by completing a 90-day diversion program tailored specifically to their alleged offenses. Our goal is to reduce the direct and indirect negative consequences of poor, first-time decisions made by youthful offenders and redirect them to a more positive and productive life path.

The diversion begins with the law enforcement officer’s referral to the MDP coordinator for case management. If approved, all MDP participants will be required to attend a mandatory court session to discuss the direct and indirect consequences of a criminal conviction. The participants will also be required to complete 10 hours of a community service program based on the incident referral reason and needs expressed during the comprehensive intake assessment. If the youth successfully completes the MDP requirements, the youth is released from MDP and the IR is closed out with the youth having no record or adult criminal history. If the youthful offender does not comply or complete the program, the MDP Coordinator will notify the referring officer for the filing of formal charges.

Eligibility

  • 16 or 17 years old at time of offense
  • First time non-violent misdemeanor offender (with the exception of firearms offenses, sex offenses and traffic matters)
  • The law enforcement officer shall maintain discretion on MDP referral

Pretrial Release Services (PRS) provides the information that judicial officials are required by statute to consider in making release/detention decisions. Additionally, PRS monitors and supervises released defendants to minimize the risks of nonappearance at court proceedings and the risks to the safety of the community and to individual persons. In doing so, PRS contributes to the fair and efficient use of detention facilities and the fiscal responsibility of taxpayer dollars. Primary functions include:

  • Collection, investigation and verification of demographic information and criminal history.
  • Assessment of risk to develop strategies that can be used for the supervision of released defendants based on risk score, needs and special conditions.
  • Attendance at all first appearance proceedings to provide judicial officials with background information and to make recommendations concerning release options and/or conditions in individual cases.
  • Immediate report of violations to the court allowing for swift response from the judiciary.

Treatment Court Services (TCS) through Drug and DWI Treatment Courts provide intensive, highly structured programs designed to identify and treat offenders whose criminal activities are related to substance abuse and alcohol. By enhancing the likelihood that the addicted offender will remain drug and crime free, services seek to reduce judicial, health systems, other societal costs and recidivism associated with continued drug use and ongoing criminal involvement. The goals of Treatment Court Services are:

  • To reduce alcoholism and other drug dependencies among adult offenders.
  • To reduce criminal recidivism and the incidence of child abuse and neglect.
  • To reduce alcohol and other drug related court workload.
  • To increase personal, familial and societal accountability of adult offenders.
  • To promote effective interaction and use of resources among criminal justice personnel, community agencies and child protective services.

Eligible offenders are those New Hanover County residents with no prior violent or weapons convictions and no convictions for selling, delivering, manufacturing or trafficking drugs.

For more information, please contact Michelle Taylor, AES Manager at (910) 798-7556 or mtaylor@nhcgov.com

Community Justice Services: 320 Chestnut Street, Suite 518 • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-6493 • Fax 910-798-4316