NY DWI Evaluations
Have you been arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol or other substances?
A person charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, may be advised by their attorney to seek a voluntary alcohol screening and evaluation in order to provide supporting information to their case. However, there are other circumstances when an alcohol screening and evaluation is mandatory. Those who refused to submit to a chemical test may be required to complete a mandatory evaluation. In the case where driving privileges have been suspended, the alcohol screening and evaluation is part of the Department of Motor Vehicle’s drinking driver program, and must be completed in order to obtain a conditional driving privilege or the reissuance of a license. In any case, this evaluation must be completed by a NYS Approved Provider, who is a licensed professional and listed on the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved provider directory.
What You Can Expect During An Evaluation
According to New York State Guidelines, the evaluation process will take approximately two hours, held in one or two hour sessions, or as determined by the evaluator. The evaluation is a biopsychosocial interview and includes obtaining a personal history, a health history, an alcohol and substance abuse history, a collateral interview, contact with referral sources, urine test, and a written report.
Upon completion of the evaluation, a report will be written, discussed with client and submitted which will include evaluations results and treatment recommendations with referrals if needed.
Help, Support And Relief Are Available
If you have been arrested for a DUI or DWI and are looking for a NYS OASAS Approved Provider, please contact your lawyer to determine whether a voluntary evaluation will be helpful to your specific case. If you have questions about evaluations in Mattituck, NY or the surrounding area, I invite you to call my office at 631-714-2634. I’m happy to discuss your specific situation, as well as answer any questions you have about the evaluation process.