The Alcohol Education Program, or “AEP,” is a program designed for defendants that are charged with operating a motor vehicle or boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. To be eligible for AEP, a defendant must not have been convicted of a prior DUI, and must not have used AEP within the preceding ten years.
If AEP is granted, the defendant will be required to comply with all court orders, complete alcohol education classes, and stay out of trouble for the duration of the program. Typically, the defendant will also be ordered to attend a victim impact panel. Successful completion of the Alcohol Education Program can result in the dismissal of an Operating Under the Influence charge. Some defendants may be able to use AEP multiple times.
AEP is not guaranteed. If a judge denies an AEP application, the State’s Attorney will likely prosecute the defendant. If the program is denied the defendant may be exposed to criminal conviction, incarceration, DMV consequences, and in some cases, a felony record.
A Connecticut criminal defense attorney can offer skill and guidance to a defendant who may be eligible for the Alcohol Education Program. A lawyer will walk you through the AEP application process, negotiate with the State’s Attorney on your behalf, and argue your case before a Judge of the Superior Court. An experienced attorney can help you make an effective presentation to the court, and increase your chances of getting the program granted.
Attorney Riley has fought hard over the years to have his clients admitted into the Alcohol Education Program. He is well versed in both the criminal statutes and the motor vehicle regulations that govern DUI/OUI charges in Connecticut. If you are charged with Operating under the Influence, call Attorney Riley today to schedule a free consultation.
Attorney Michael Riley handles cases from Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, Trumbull, Fairfield, Stratford, Easton, Monroe, Westport, Weston, Wilton, Darien, New Canaan, Greenwich, and other towns throughout New Haven County and Fairfield County.
ALCOHOL EDUCATION PROGRAM
OPERATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS
OPERATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE – PERSON UNDER 21
BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE