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
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
DWI Assessment: $100
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.
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