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NC DWI Assessment - Arlind Kastrati, John Cox Law - 02/19/2020

If you’ve been charged with a DWI in North Carolina, you are at the beginning of a complicated process that can include fines, jail time, community service, and/or probation. Just being charged with a DWI results in the immediate loss of your driver license. Additional consequences vary for each individual and each offense, and it is important to get counsel.

The DWI Assessment is a mandatory part of the DWI process, because it determines the required treatment that is necessary to have your license restored with the DMV. It is important to note that completing the DWI assessment and treatment before your sentencing can help lessen the severity of the consequences of your DWI.

What Is a DWI Assessment?

A DWI assessment is really a simple interview, where you will meet with a substance abuse counselor. At your meeting, you will complete a standardized assessment called the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI-4). This questionnaire asks you about your use of alcohol and other substances. It uses your answers to measure the probability that you have a substance use disorder. The counselor will also examine your driving record and blood alcohol concentration. The facility is trained to make a treatment recommendation based on your assessment and the facts of your case.

What Happens After the Assessment?

The treatment is required by law, and varies in length and intensity. The least intensive is a 16 hour Alcohol and Drug Education Traffic School (ADETS). Other treatments include a short ten session out-patient treatment, a twenty session long term out-patient treatment, day treatment, or in-patient/residential treatment.

When Should I Take the DWI Assessment?

As stated before, it is very important to note that completing the DWI assessment and the recommended treatment before your sentencing will provide you with mitigating factors. Mitigating factors help lessen the severity of the consequences of your DWI.

An assessment is valid for 6 months. You must start your recommended treatment within 6 months or you will have to be reassessed.

Location and Cost of The DWI Assessment.

There are several places throughout the state that offer DWI Assessments, the ADETS, and other treatments. You may choose the provider most convenient for you from this list.

DWI Assessment: $100
ADETS: $160
Short-term outpatient treatment: $400 or $40 per session
Long-term outpatient treatment:  $800 or $40 per session

Day and in-patient treatments vary in cost depending on the duration and other factors.

Preparing for the DWI Assessment.

Take all court documents you have with you to the assessment center. The center will also run your driving record.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the DWI Assessment or any aspect of your DWI, call us at 336-221-9292 or use our handy Contact form. We have over 20 years of experience handling DWI charges and guiding clients through the complexities involved.

A DWI charge is serious, and a mistake in the process can leave you with consequences that can stay with you for your whole life. Our lawyers can help you understand the legal steps, the local laws, and the implications a DWI will have on your driver’s license and your record. Call 336.221.9292 today for your free consultation.


Important information about Driving While Impaired (DWI): https://www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/mental-health-substance-abuse/driving-while-impaired

Find a DWI services center near you: https://www.ncdmh.net//providerlist/CountyList.aspx