What is a Drug or Alcohol Evaluation?
A diagnostic evaluation, is an evaluation that is done by a certified chemical dependency professional and they assess your alcohol and drug behavior. It is a thorough look at your alcohol or drug use history. Most agencies require the police report from the incident, your criminal background history, and a copy of your motor vehicle driving record. The assessment is done with the certified professional and they will ask you a multitude of questions to help assess your current alcohol or drug use. They will review your legal history, discuss your blood alcohol content or evidence of drug use at the time of the arrest. The professional will conduct a brief case history, which would include, age, marital status, education, any previous military service, job status, mental health, as well as medical health. They will also ask you if you are currently taking any prescribed or over the counter medications. You will be required to submit an urine sample for a toxicology screening for drugs and alcohol.
Why do I Have a Drug or Alcohol Evaluation Requirement?
There are a few reasons why someone would need to get a Drug or Alcohol evaluation. The court may require an alcohol or drug evaluation as part of your probationary release of a current case. If you have been convicted of a D.U.I., the Department of Licensing will require an alcohol or drug evaluation in order to start the review process of reestablishing your driver’s license. Lastly, if you currently have a pending D.U.I. case, your attorney may ask you to complete an alcohol or drug evaluation in order to help with negotiations with the prosecutor.
Once the evaluation is completed by the certified chemical dependency professional, he or she will gather the information and compose an evaluation report. The diagnostic evaluation and suggested treatment measures are based off of the personal interview done by the professional as well as the data gathered from the various reports. They will recommend to the court the best course of action to take regarding your current legal issue. There are various treatment recommendations. The least severe, which is an 8 hour alcohol drug information school, which is also known as A.D.I.S. class. Some cases, depending on the evaluation results, a more intensive treatment recommendation may be made by the professional, with the requirement of inpatient or outpatient treatment with treatment times of 3 months up to 2 years.
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