The Alcohol Education Program (AEP) was established in South Carolina to specifically target the problems and risks of underage drinking by placing the responsibility on the defendants regarding the choices they make through education while giving him/her the opportunity to have their charge(s) dismissed.
Who is eligible for AEP?
- The offender is at least 17 years of age at the time of the arrest
- No prior alcohol related convictions
- No significant prior criminal activity
- No prior participation in AEP
What charges are eligible for the AEP?
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol
- Open Container
- Possession of Fake Identification
- Public Intoxication/Public Disorderly Conduct
How does the participant enter the AEP?
- A participant may be referred to the AEP by the Summary Court Judge or Municipal Court Judge.
- Prior to the scheduled court date, Summary Court and Municipal Court cases may be eligible to enter the AEP as a self referral.
Self Referral Application Court Referral Application
If you are interested in applying to the Alcohol Education Program, please contact the office directly at (843) 915-8351 prior to submitting an application.
What is needed to apply?
- A money order made payable to the AEP in the amount of $250.00
- Driver’s license (or another photo ID)
- Social Security Card
What is required while in the program?
- Complete twenty (20) hours of community service work for a non-profit organization
- Participate in an eight (8) hour alcohol education class provided by a licensed professional counselor
- Attend a four (4) hour defensive driving course
Community Service Time Sheet AEP Requirements
How long is the program?
Participants may be eligible to successfully the AEP complete within thirty (30) days from the time of application based on scheduling by the AEP office.