Alcohol Education Program (AEP)
Contact Information:

Greenville County Square
301 University Ridge, Suite 5800
Greenville, SC 29601
864.467.8717

Pickens County Courthouse
113 Court St.
Pickens, SC 29671
864.898.5628


Greenville Staff

Deputy Director
Sherita Adams

Pickens Staff

Case Manager
Alyssa Burgess
The Alcohol Education Program (AEP) is a diversion program under the supervision of the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitorís Office. The program is designed for first time offenders with magistrate/municipal court alcohol offenses. The program, which requires community service work, alcohol education class and alcohol testing, allows the defendant to be diverted from court. If a person successfully completes the program, the charges will be dismissed.

AEP will increase awareness of underage drinking by providing accurate information regarding the abuse of alcohol. The program will focus on providing knowledge of the negative effects of alcohol abuse and how individual choices can impact the lives of others.

A person may only participate in the program once. A personís participation in AEP does not prevent his/her future participation in the Pre-Trial Intervention Program. A person who successfully completes AEP will be eligible to apply to the court for an expungement of the arrest record. A person who fails to complete the program requirements will be terminated from the program and the offense will be returned to court for prosecution.

Eligibility:
The Alcohol Education Program is an alternative to court for individuals ages 17 to 20 who are charged with alcohol related offenses. A person may be considered for the program if:

  • The applicant is between the ages of 17 and 20 at the time of arrest.
  • Has no prior alcohol-related offenses.
  • Has no significant prior delinquency, criminal activity or alcohol related traffic offenses.

Eligible Alcohol Offenses:

  • purchase or possession of beer or wine by a person under the age of twenty-one
  • purchase or possession of alcoholic liquors by a person under the age of twenty-one
  • open container in a motor vehicle
  • public disorderly conduct
  • littering
  • providing false information concerning age
  • unlawful purchase of beer or wine for a person who cannot legally buy
  • transfer of beer or wine for underage person's consumption
  • transfer of alcoholic liquors for underage person's consumption
  • possession of an altered driver's license

Letter to Parents

Greenville Program

Applications
Applications are accepted on Tuesdays at 9 am and again at 3:30 pm. An appointment is not needed. An application fee is not required for AEP. A $250 participation fee is due at the time of acceptance into the program.

The following items must be presented at the time of application:

Program Requirements

  • 8 hours of alcohol education classes
  • Alive at 25 class or MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • 20 hours of community service
  • Alcohol/Drug Screen
  • Abstinence from alcohol

Program Fees

  • $250 - Participation fee
  • $150 - 8 hour Alcohol Class
  • $35 - Alive at 25 class or $40 MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • $35 - Alcohol Screen (fees may be different according to the drug testing provider)
Pickens Program

Applications
Applications are processed when received by the referring court. An application fee is not required for AEP. A $250 participation fee is due at the time of acceptance into the program.

The following items must be presented at the first appointment:

Program Requirements

  • 8 hours of alcohol education classes
  • Alive at 25 class or MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • 20 hours of community service
  • Alcohol/Drug Screen
  • Abstinence from alcohol

Program Fees

  • $250 - Participation fee
  • $150 - 8 hour Alcohol Class
  • $35 - Alive at 25 class or $40 MADD Victim Impact Panel
  • $45 - Alcohol (fees may be different according to the drug testing provider)