If you have been required to attend a 12-hour alcohol education program
in Baltimore, you may not be entirely sure what to expect from this experience.
Many criminal defendants are sentenced to attend AEP after having their
driver’s licenses revoked because of DWI or other alcohol-related traffic offenses. You deserve
to know exactly what you are getting into before you begin attending AEP;
this article can serve as a quick primer.
First, you should understand exactly why you were assigned to attend AEP.
You may have been referred to the program by an Administrative Law Judge
or a District Court Judge. Alternatively, you may be required to attend
the program after applying for a new driver’s license after your
license was seized because of a DUI charge.
The 12-hour AEP course is fairly straightforward. To attend, you must use
the information provided by the court to sign up for an approved session
with 90 days of your individual due date. Make sure that you have your
AEP referral with you when you go to the class; if you need a duplicate,
you can obtain one from the Driver Improvement Programs Unit. Failing
to attend your AEP session can have some serious consequences, however.
If you do not go to the class, you will lose your driving privileges.
AEP and other similar programs offer important education and information
for those who have gotten in trouble with the law because of a DUI charge.
This type of program can provide alternative sentencing solutions, helping
you stay out of custody because of your potential violation. You can have
an active role in protecting your future by complying with AEP requirements,
and your DWI attorney can help you learn more about avoiding license suspension
after you have been approved to attend the class.
Source: Maryland Department of Transportation, “12-Hour Alcohol Education (AEP) Program Requirements” Oct. 29, 2014