AEP offers an alternative to pleading guilty or having a trial before a Judge in court and is designed to combat underage drinking and high-risk behavior.
Who Qualifies For AEP?
Persons 17-20 years old, charged with alcohol-related offenses.
In South Carolina, an alcohol conviction may result in:
- Establishing a permanent criminal record
- Suspension of your driver’s license
- Payment of fines
- Loss of financial aid and/or scholarship eligibility
To participate in AEP, you MUST ASK for a REFEREAL to AEP at the beginning of your court appearance. If approved, you will be notified by mail.
AEP Program Costs:
- Enrollment Fee $250
- Class Fee $100
- Victim Impact Panel Fee $5
- Alive at 25 Program Fee $35
- Community Service Work
Upon successful completion of AEP, you may apply to the court for an expungement of your arrest record. Expungement is the court ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or conviction is erased from a person’s criminal background.
Costs: $250 Fee to Solicitor’s Office
$35 Filing Fee to Clerk of Court
Upon completion of AEP, the AEP officer will contact you regarding your expungement.