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


–       $150 Application Fee

–       $100 Participation Fee


–       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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Florida Misdemeanor Pretrial Diversion Program

Florida Misdemeanor Pretrial Diversion Program

Florida Misdemeanor Pretrial Diversion Program – The Florida Legislature has long recognized the need to identify and divert some offenders to specialized programs. Florida Statutes created a cooperative effort between the State Attorney’s Office and selected agencies to divert appropriate first-time offenders to these programs.

One such program is the Misdemeanor Pretrial Diversion Program (PDP), which offers qualified misdemeanor offenders an alternative to formal criminal prosecution. Each participant signs a contract with the State of Florida which waives their right to a speedy trial, and in which they agree to comply with the program requirements and perform specific sanctions. Participants are normally supervised six (6) months to twelve (12) months depending upon the offense. In return for successful completion of the program and listed sanctions, the State agrees to drop the participant’s criminal charges in that specific case, which enables them to avoid a conviction and ultimately a criminal record. All referrals to Misdemeanor PDP must originate with a recommendation by the Florida Office of the State Attorney.

The program requirements include the payment of all applicable program fees and costs of prosecution.

  • Payment of program fees of:
    $360.00 – 6 months or less
    $560.00 – 9 months
    $720.00 – 12 months
  • Payment of $50.00 cost of prosecution fee

Additional sanctions appropriate to each offense or to address the needs of the individual participant may include, but are not limited to:

  • Payment of restitution to the victims in the case (if any)
  • No contact or un-consented contact with victim, if deemed necessary
  • Payment of cost of investigation fees to the law enforcement agency (if any)
  • Regular (at least monthly) contact with a Criminal Justice Officer
  • Community service hours at an approved agency (minimum of 32 hours with insurance fee paid by participant)
  • Psychological or Psychiatric evaluation and any treatment recommended, at participant’s own expense
  • Alcohol and/or substance abuse evaluation and any treatment recommended, at the participant’s own expense
  • AA or NA meeting attendance, if deemed appropriate
  • Random Drug/Alcohol testing, at the participant’s own expense
  • Educational classes such as:
    • 26 week Batterers Intervention Program (domestic violence cases)
    • Anger Management
    • Parenting and Child Rearing Skills
    • Retail Theft
    • Life Skills
    • Adult Education/GED
    • Victim Awareness Program
    • HIV Awareness Program

In addition to the PDP program outlined above, the Office of the State Attorney also has a WORTHLESS CHECK DIVERSION PROGRAM. That program has an administrator and provides an opportunity for first-time worthless check offenders to avoid formal court proceedings by paying restitution to the victims, including service charges and administrative fees, and completing a Financial Responsibility Class. Once all sanctions are successfully completed, the criminal worthless check charges are dropped.








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