If you are convicted of a DWI, you must complete both an alcohol assessment and follow up and complete the treatment recommended. There will always be recommended treatment. The cost of an assessment is $100, a fee set by North Carolina law. Most providers will also charge to obtain a NC DMV history at the initial consultation, which generally takes about an hour or an hour and a half. Assessments expire after 6 months, meaning if you have not started the treatment within that time you. Will have to get a new assessment, and re-pay the costs.
When attending an assessment, bring a copy of your DWI citation, BAC report, and, if applicable, an out-of-state driving record if applicable.
Every DWI conviction requires an assessment and treatment, including Level 1s, 2s, Habitual DWIs, and even separate assessments and treatments for multiple DWI convictions during the same court session. Most people are referred to ADETS (which is considered education), but refusals, BACs above .14, and most prior offenders receive actual treatment recommendations. Some inpatient treatment facilities, and even prisons, offer assessments, however, if they are not an agency licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services to send in the completion certificate, called a 508R form, to the DMV, then a different assessment and treatment fulfilling that requirement will have to be completed in order to get credit and clear up one’s license.
If you have questions about DWI assessments, or need a referral to a trustworthy agency, contact the Greensboro DWI lawyer or Greensboro DUI lawyer at Garrett, Walker, Aycoth and Olson today. They are here to help!