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Alcohol Evaluation After DUI in Washington State

Posted Monday, July 10, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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If you are convicted of a DUI in Washington State, it is mandatory that you undergo an Alcohol Evaluation. If the DUI charges are reduced to lesser charges, such as Reckless Driving or Reckless Endangerment, the court may, at its discretion, order an Alcohol Evaluation as a condition of sentencing.

What You Need to Know About the Alcohol Evaluation

The Alcohol Evaluation must be done by an alcoholism agency, or a qualified probation department , approved by the department of social and health services. The cost of evaluation depends on the provider and typically ranges anywhere from $150.00 to $300.00. After the Alcohol Evaluation, a treatment recommendation is prepared and a copy is forwarded to the court. The treatment recommendation can range from:

• A mandatory course in an approved Alcohol & Drug Information School. This is the lowest level of treatment for people diagnosed with no significant problem (NSP) with alcohol. The cost ranges from $50.00 to $150.00.

• A requirement to complete 3 to 12 months of treatment for an alcohol abuse diagnosis. This is applicable to someone who is not an addict but is misusing alcohol. This is often the case for people who are using alcohol to self-medicate a psychological issue. The cost of this program can be several hundred dollars.

• A requirement to complete more intensive treatment in an approved substance use disorder treatment program. This is a much higher level of treatment and is for people diagnosed with an addiction issue. The length is typically from 6 to 24 months and the costs can range from hundreds of dollars up to thousands of dollars.

The length and intensity of your treatment recommendation will depend on whether you are found to be chemically dependent on alcohol, suffering from alcohol abuse or potential for abuse, or if there’s insufficient evidence to show that you have a problem with alcohol.

If you’re facing DUI charges, it may benefit you to voluntarily go to an Alcohol Evaluation even before the court orders it. This way you’ll know what the treatment recommendation will be and it gives you the opportunity to begin following the treatment plan. This shows the court and the Prosecutor that you are being proactive in handling your criminal case.

It is in your best interest to consult with an experienced Washington criminal defense attorney if you are facing DUI charges. The skilled attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC understand how stressful your situation can be, and we can explain and defend your rights. Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of criminal defense, and we will help you face your charges with confidence. For over 20 years, Padula & Associates, LLC has been serving the people of King County, Snohomish County, and throughout Washington State with aggressive and effective criminal defense.

Come meet with us for a free case evaluation. Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366, email us at info@paduladefense.com, or fill out our online free consultation form today.