Alcohol Education Program (AEP)

What Is The Alcohol Education Program?

The Alcohol Education program (AEP) is designed to combat the problem of underage drinking and high-risk behavior. AEP offers an alternative to having the case handled in court. In South Carolina, an alcohol charge conviction may result in payment of fines, suspension of driver’s license, loss of financial aid and/or scholarship eligibility, and a criminal record. Enrollment in and completion of AEP will result in the charge being dismissed and being eligible for expungement.

AEP is restricted to first offenders charged with alcohol related offenses, ages 17-20, as determined by the Solicitor of each Circuit.

Enrollment Procedures:

Magistrate/Municipal Court provides each defendant with an enrollment form instructing the person to contact the AEP office. Enrollment is scheduled on the third Thursday bi-monthly.

Each defendant MUST bring to the appointment:

Driver’s License or Picture ID Card

Social Security Card

Copy of the Ticket(s) or Warrant(s)

$250.00 Enrollment Fee (Money Order Only)

AEP Enrollment Form


Pay non-refundable enrollment fee of $250.00 (Money Order Only)

Four 2 hour alcohol education classes ($100.00 payable to Aiken Center)

20 hours community service

Victim Impact Panel ($10.00 Money Order)

Alive at 25 Defensive Driving Class ($35.00 Money Order)


Upon completion of AEP, the court will be notified and the charge(s) will be dismissed. At that time, the defendant will be eligible to have the record expunged. The defendant is responsible to complete this procedure with the Solicitor’s office. The expungement fee is $250.00 payable to the Solicitor’s Office and a filing fee of $35.00, payable to the Clerk of Court.

Contact Information:

Solicitor’s Office
109 Park Avenue, SE
Basement Level, Room B101
Aiken, SC 29801

Phone: 803.642.1557 (ext. 1)
Fax: 803.642.1566