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South Carolina’s Alcohol Education Program (AEP)

South Carolina’s Alcohol Education Program (AEP)

South Carolina’s Alcohol Education Program (AEP)

South Carolina’s Alcohol Education Program (AEP) – If you have been arrested for a crime in South Carolina there are a few programs that may help you if you are a first time offender.  Part of what we do as Charleston criminal defense attorneys involves working with prosecutors to get first time offenders enrolled in these programs.

Alcohol Education Program (AEP)

AEP is a diversionary program designed for first-time offenders of magistrate/municipal court underage drinking offenses.  This system allows the defendant to be diverted from court and enter into a program consisting of counseling and guidance.  Successful completion of the program requirements will allow the defendant to process an Order for the Destruction of Arrest Record on the charge.  The goal of this program is to give first-time offenders an educational opportunity to change illegal behavior.

*Offenders may participate in this program only one time

Who May Be Eligible:

–       Must be 17-20 years old

–       No prior criminal convictions

–       Must be employed, disabled, or enrolled in school

–       Must be likely to respond quickly to rehabilitative treatment

–       Justice to the offender and the state will be served by placing the offender in a diversion program    

–       Offender is unlikely to be involved in further criminal activity

–       Individual poses no detectable threat to society

Cost:

–       $150 Application Fee

–       $100 Participation Fee

Requirements:

–       Complete assigned counseling and payment of $100 participation fee

–       Submit to and pass random drug screenings

–       Complete assigned driving program

–       Complete community service as assigned

–       Must have NO criminal violations while enrolled in AEP

AEP Eligible Charges:

–       Minor in possession of beer or wine

–       Minor in possession of alcohol or liquor

–       Open container

–       Public disorderly conduct

–       Littering (alcohol related only)

–       Possession of Fake ID

*If you complete the program requirements, the court that handled your case will be notified and the charges against you are dismissed.  At that time, you are eligible, under the South Carolina Code of Laws to clear your arrest record of the dismissed charges by way of an expungement order.

*If you fail to complete the program for whatever reason or are charged with another offense, you will be terminated from the program and your case will be returned to court for prosecution.

 

 

 

 

 

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Average Costs of a DUI or DWI Arrest and Conviction

Average Costs Of A DUI Or DWI Arrest And Conviction

A standard drink at the bar is sweet during consumption. But not as sweet as average costs of a DUI.  Please do not ignore your body signals you when getting impaired. This is not all, you feel motivated to drive your way back and ignore the need of a designated driver. There is a good chance that you end up in an at-fault accident.  Or pulled over by an arresting officer for driving under impairment.

 
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