The Alcohol Education Program (AEP) is a great alternative to having your DUI case go to trial and risking a guilty verdict. Instead of stressing over potential fines, court fees, and jail time, you can complete the AEP. You can do this with one session per week for a few months. You might be thinking that the AEP sounds great, and want to know how you can sign up. However, before you decide to join this program, you have to make sure that you are eligible. On another page, I talk about how to apply to the program. Here, I want to go into more detail about the AEP. If you think that the AEP is right for you, check out this information to make sure that you’re eligible!
Connecticut’s General Statute claims that you are eligible for Connecticut’s Alcohol Education Program if you:
- Have no previous DUI convictions in the state of Connecticut.
- No previous DUI convictions in any other state in the United States.
- Have not attended the AEP in the past 10 years in the state of Connecticut.
- Have not used a program that is comparable to the AEP in any other state.
- Did not cause a serious accident when you were charged with a DUI.
If you can answer yes to all of these questions, you will qualify for the AEP in Connecticut. Depending on your situation, even an out-of-state DUI conviction or the use of a similar program in another state does not automatically mean that you will be disqualified from the program. It will be more difficult to be admitted into the program, but if you have a strong DUI lawyer pleading your case, it is still possible to get into the program.
Even if you qualify, it is important to understand that this does not mean that you will automatically be accepted in to the program. First, you must attend a hearing regarding the program, and a judge will have to determine that you are an appropriate candidate for the AEP. If you were found to have a high blood alcohol content (BAC), or if you caused an accident that injured others, a judge might not grant you access to the program. This is why you need to hire a DUI defense lawyer. Such a lawyer can help a judge see why you should be accepted into the program by providing a defense for you.
If accepted into the program, you will have to meet with a program evaluator. They will determine if you are more suitable for the 10 week or 15 week program. The evaluator’s decision will be used to place you into one of these two programs.
Being eligible for the AEP and taking advantage of this program can help you put your DUI in the past. If you feel that you are eligible, check out our page on AEP eligibility. For assistance getting into the program, consult with an attorney.