Municipal Court

Alcohol Education Program

What is it?

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. 

What offenses are eligible to be dismissed through this program?

  1. purchase or possession of beer or wine by a person under the age of twenty-one pursuant to Section 63-19-2440;
  2. purchase or possession of alcoholic liquors by a person under the age of twenty-one pursuant to Section 63-19-2450
  3. open container in a motor vehicle pursuant to Section 61-4-110;
  4. public disorderly conduct pursuant to Section 16-17-530;
  5. littering pursuant to Section 16-11-700;
  6. providing false information concerning age to purchase beer or wine pursuant to Section 61-4-60; 
  7. unlawful purchase of beer or wine for a person who cannot legally buy for consumption on the premises pursuant to Section 61-4-80;
  8. transfer of beer or wine for underage person's consumption pursuant to Section 61-4-90;
  9. transfer of alcoholic liquors for underage person's consumption pursuant to Section 61-6-4070;
  10. possession of an altered driver's license or other false documentation pursuant to Section 56-1-515;
  11. another offense similar in nature and severity to the above-described offenses, as determined by the circuit solicitor.  However, the provisions of this item may not be construed to include an offense numerated in Section 56-5-2930  or Section 56-5-2933

How do I apply?

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.

What are the program requirements?

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).

What is the cost of participation?

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.

What are the benefits of the program?

  • Opportunity to eliminate a criminal record. Your charge can be completely expunged from your record without having to wait the standard 3 year period.
  • Opportunity to keep driver’s license in cases where conviction would result in suspension of driver’s license (ex: underage drinking, fake ID).
  • Opportunity for South Carolina residents to retain LIFE Scholarship benefits.

For more information:

http://www.greenvillecounty.org/solicitor/aep.asp

Alcohol Education Program
113 Court Street Pickens, SC 29671
(864) 898-5628
(864) 898-5632 (FAX)

Contact:
Alyssa Burgess
Case Manager
864-898-5628
aburgess@greenvillecounty.org