The Alcohol Education Program (AEP) is a diversion program for first time offenders with alcohol related offenses. This program allows the defendant to participate in counseling and community service in order to get their charge dismissed. The defendant would then be eligible to get their record expunged, a process that eliminates the public record of the offense.
A defendant can only participate in this program once but may be eligible to participate in the Pre-Trial Intervention program in the future.
To apply, you must go to the municipal court offices to receive and fill out a referral form before your scheduled court date. You must bring with you your drivers license, your social security number and a copy of the ticket(s) or warrant(s). Once you apply for the program in the court office, you are not required to appear for your scheduled court date.
To be eligible for the program, you must be between the ages of 17 and 20 at the time of the arrest, you may not have any prior alcohol-related offenses or have any significant prior delinquency, criminal activity or alcohol related traffic offenses.
As a part of this program, the participant is expected to complete an 8-hour alcohol education class and an “Alive at 25” class, complete 20 hours of community service and abstain from alcohol. The participant is also expected to complete the program without any further criminal arrests. Failure to complete all of the requirements or to stay out of trouble will result in the defendant going back to court to be prosecuted for the original charge(s).
Each participant is required to pay a $250 participation fee once they are accepted into the program. This program will also require you to pay $150 for the alcohol education class, $35 for the “Alive at 25” class and $45 for an alcohol screen. There is an additional fee if you choose to get your charge expunged completely from your record.
Alcohol Education Program
113 Court Street Pickens, SC 29671
(864) 898-5632 (FAX)