Weapons-related dispositions

Court dispositions 2010 to present

Since 2010, Beaufort police officers have arrested more than 300 people on weapons-related charges. Some individuals were charged with multiple weapons-related charges, resulting in 332 charges filed. 

These 332 weapons-related charges account for only 14 percent of the total charges filed by Beaufort officers. As of today (July 30, 2021), 61 of those cases are awaiting adjudications.

The dispositions of the 271 cases that were adjudicated are listed below with the percentages of each disposition. This information was collected from the Public Index, which is found on the Beaufort County Clerk of Court website. 

● 104 were Nolle Prosequi (not prosecuted) -- 38% 

● 69 were never indicted -- 25% 

● 8 were dismissed at the preliminary hearing -- 3%

● 4 were dismissed after indictment -- 1.4%

● 2 were remanded to a lower court -- less than 1% 

● 1 was failure to comply -- less than 1% 

● 1 received a No Bill (failed to indict) from the grand jury  -- less than 1% 

● 1 was dismissed by a judge -- less than 1%

The 81 cases that were prosecuted include:

● 78 plea deals -- 28.7%

● 7 lesser charge reductions

● 3 trials -- 1%

● 3 guilty verdicts