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What Questions Will I Be Asked During My Alcohol Evaluation?

Posted Monday, July 17, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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As we noted in our article Alcohol Evaluation After DUI in Washington State, any person who is convicted of a DUI in Washington State must undergo a mandatory Alcohol Evaluation. Even in cases where DUI charges are reduced to lesser charges, or in any criminal case that involves alcohol or drugs, the court at its discretion can order an Alcohol Evaluation.

The evaluation is designed to determine whether you have a problem with alcohol. It isn’t uncommon for people to worry about the evaluation process. It can be stressful, so let’s review some questions that are characteristic of the types of questions you could be asked so that you can feel prepared. The following are to be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.”

• Do you feel you are a normal drinker?

• Have you ever awakened in the morning after some drinking the night before and found that you could not remember a part of the evening?

• Does any near relative or close friend ever worry or complain about your drinking?

• Can you stop drinking without difficulty after one or two drinks?

• Do you ever feel guilty about your drinking?

• Have you ever gotten into physical fights when drinking?

• Have you ever lost friends because of your drinking?

• Have you ever gotten into trouble at work because of drinking?

• Have you ever lost a job because of drinking?

• Do you drink before noon fairly often?

• Have you ever been hospitalized because of drinking?

• Have you been arrested more than once for driving under the influence of alcohol? 
This list of questions is not exhaustive, and represent only the types of questions you may be asked. While the questions may feel invasive, they are straightforward. You may also be required to submit to a drug and alcohol urinalysis screening. After the evaluation is complete, the counselor will prepare a treatment recommendation. A copy is forwarded to the court and the Washington Department of Licensing.

If you are facing charges for a DUI, the skilled attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC understand how stressful your situation can be, and we will provide you with tenacious defense in court. Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of criminal defense and will help you fight your charges with confidence. For more than 20 years, Padula & Associates, LLC has been serving the people of King County, Snohomish County, and throughout Washington State with aggressive criminal defense services.

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