What is a DUI evaluation?
DUI evaluations are administered to individuals who have been arrested and charged with a DUI. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine if the individual has more extensive issues with drugs and/or alcohol. Although every state has different requirements for the evaluation, they are usually completed by a state-certified agency. The end goal of the evaluation is to discover why the individual received a DUI and to determine how the agency can help prevent future DUIs.
What happens during a DUI evaluation?
First, a screening process occurs after your DUI arrest. This involves filling out a questionnaire. After you fill out the questionnaire your answers will be evaluated to determine if you have an addiction to drugs or alcohol. If it is determined that you may have a substance addiction you will then go through an interview process to determine what you are addicted to and how serious your addiction is in order to help the agency develop an appropriate treatment plan for you. If you have more questions about what happens during the evaluation you can find that information here.
How can the evaluation help with your alcohol development?
It is important to keep in mind that the purpose of this assessment is to help you if you need it. While it can feel frustrating and invasive to answer these questions, it is in your best interest to do so. The evaluation after receiving a DUI can help with your alcohol development in multiple ways.
- Determine if you need help.
The main goal of this assessment is to determine if you have an addiction and need help. By being honest on the assessment you will receive expert advice on your situation. If it is determined that you have an addiction, then you can trust that you will receive the help you need. This assessment is integral to getting you the help you need before it is too late.
- Determine the type of help that you need.
Completing the assessment honestly will ensure that you receive the type of help that best suits your situation. Due to the many different types of addiction counseling available it is not a one size fits all approach. By having an assessment, the agency will be able to determine which option is best for your unique situation.
Make appropriate recommendations to the court.
If it is determined that you have an addiction to drugs or alcohol after completing the assessment, the administering agency will be able to make appropriate recommendations to the judge regarding your treatment options. Additionally, you may be able to enter a treatment program prior to your DUI court date which will show the judge that you take your recovery seriously. If you choose not to begin treatment prior to your court date the judge may decide to assign you to court-mandated treatment. You can find more information on treatment options here.