“Underage drinking and alcohol abuse is a serious and growing problem in the Fourth Circuit. AEP is a collaborative effort of the Solicitor’s Office, Magistrates and Municipal Court Judges, Law Enforcement, and community service sites. This program is designed to provide education especially for offenders age 21 and under.
The purpose of AEP is to discourage underage drinking and alcohol abuse through education. This is accomplished through a series of alcohol educational sessions in each county, and a requirement of up to 40 hours in community service.”