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Prior to your alcohol drug evaluation it is important to learn what indicators of possible alcohol or drug dependence the treatment facility will be focusing on. First, they are looking for over-consumption - essentially, factors that indicate you drink too much. Therefore you must be careful in admitting to the counselor how much alcohol you consume. Second, the BAC (or amounts of drugs) in your system at the time of driving is also a factor in determining if alcohol or drugs are a problem for you. Third, your criminal history related to alcohol or drugs is a determined by the treatment center as a possible pattern of alcohol abuse. Fourth, a urinalysis will be performed so it is critical you test clean for alcohol or drugs.
To prepare for the evaluation talk with your Skagit criminal defense lawyer. They understand how an evaluation works and what "red flags" the treatment center will be looking for. It is also important to abstain from the use of alcohol and non-prescribed drugs prior the evaluation. Knowing what makes up an evaluation will also put you in good standing as you will be better prepared to answer the dozens of questions coming your way. The evaluation is made up of three separate question banks, and they are: 1) The MAST (alcohol test); 2) the DAST (drug test); and 3) The SASSI (risk awareness test). A copy of the questions are available on our other Skagit County DUI website on the "evaluation preparation" page. Please read these questions prior to your evaluation.
The recommendation from the alcohol evaluation is important because the Skagit County court will order you to fully comply with the recommended treatment or classes. The typical results could be a single ADIS class (alcohol drug information school), Early Intervention (the ADIS class and several single classes) or significant treatment. Therefore take the process seriously as the alcohol drug evaluation is a significant component to your Skagit County criminal case.
An alcohol evaluation will be required by Skagit County Court following a charge of DUI or any charge that has alcohol or drugs as a component. It is highly recommended that the alcohol evaluation be completed as early as possible because the Court will look positively on early completion and such completion will likely remove the possibility of Supervised probation in Skagit County (saving your money). It is also strongly advised that you only attend an alcohol treatment center for the evaluation that has been recommended by your attorney. There are many treatment centers that can perform an alcohol drug evaluation but the majority of these facilities are primarily interested in your money, not you. You want the best evaluation possible, not an evaluation that will result in months of treatment and thousands of dollars to a treatment center (unless you need treatment, of course). Equally important to the success of the evaluation is your own preparation. It is critical to understand the questions you will be asked prior to the evaluation itself.
Skagit County Alcohol Drug Evaluation
Fantastic experience with David and his team. I thought life was over after I got my DUI and then received 2 more speeding tickets in the months that followed. David was able to get me awesome results, 2 of the 3 speeding tickets were thrown out, one of them was re-written as a non-insurance impacting ticket. My DUI was very well handed in the courts and the Department of licensing charges were dropped. Thanks!
- Michael, Anacortes, WA
Law Firm of David N Jolly
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Complete an alcohol drug evaluation early may reduce probation, save your court fees and even help your case. Consult with a Skagit County criminal defense lawyer first, but complete this necessary step early!
If you are not prepared for the evaluation you will probably not do well. It is critical to understand what the counselor is looking for. Learn more about the evaluation.
At the conclusion of your Skagit County criminal case you will be placed on active probation if you have lengthy alcohol or drug treatment. This is costly. Avoid it!
Whether you personally need an alcohol evaluation or not is not relevant, Skagit County Court and the DOL if your license is suspended) will require one.