If you are a minor between the age of 17 and 20 years old and you have been charged with an alcohol-related offense, the Alcohol Education Program (AEP) may be a good option for you.

For first-time offenders, AEP is an opportunity to allow a young person to avoid an alcohol-related conviction, such as possession or purchase of alcohol, open container, public disorderly conduct, fake I.D. possession or use, and other similar offenses. The law says that, to be eligible, you cannot have a significant history of prior delinquency or criminal activity, and no prior alcohol-related offenses.

In South Carolina certain alcohol convictions for minors can relate in suspension of driver’s license, fines, and loss of financial aid or scholarship eligibility…not to mention a criminal record.

The Alcohol Education Program is a course that seeks to educate young people about the dangers of high risk behavior in an effort to combat underage drinking. The participant must take certain classes and must perform community service work. The program is not free. It costs just shy of $400. And afterwards, you are eligible for an expungement, which has additional costs as well. But all in all it is worth it when you consider the high cost of a conviction.

If you are a minor and you have been charged with an alcohol-related crime and wish to discuss your charge with an attorney, please call the lawyers at Holland & Usry toll-free at 888-230-1841 for your FREE, confidential consultation.


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John Holland is a Spartanburg Family law attorney, practicing since 2012.
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