What is the DUI Evaluation?
DUI Offender Evaluations
The State of Georgia DUI Intervention Program regulates the DUI Evaluation and “Requirements Met” in order to reinstate your driver’s license. Our Clinical Evaluators will complete your forms and mail it in to DBHDD. (https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/dui-intervention-program)
The DUI Evaluation must be conducted, per Georgia Law, on adjudicated cases whether it’s DUI (FIRST/ MULTIPLE/HABITUAL). Some attorneys encourage individuals to obtain an evaluation prior to appearing in court, so they can show a good faith effort. Please make sure you discuss your situation with one of our Clinical Evaluators to determine the best course of action for your case.
DUI/DWI Out of State Evaluations
Most states require clinical evaluations for DUI/DWI Offenders. Out-Of-State clinical evaluations for DUI/DWI are conducted by Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor. The evaluations are recognized and honored nationwide.
DUI Evaluation in Atlanta
A DUI Clinical Evaluation is required for charges by the state for driving while under the influence (DUI) or a DUI charge that has been reduced to reckless driving. DUI Clinical Evaluations are regulated by the state of Georgia DUI Intervention Program for all persons charged with a DUI. All such persons are mandated to attend a risk reduction program, otherwise known as DUI School. Following the completion of this program, a DUI Evaluation must be completed in order to have your Georgia driver’s license reinstated. More specifically, the Georgia Department of Driver Services stipulates: “Documented proof of having completed state-approved clinical evaluation is required of all persons that wish to reinstate a suspension of their Georgia’s driver’s license or driving privileges resulting from two or more convictions of driving under the influence within the past ten (10) years.”
DUI Clinical Evaluations are confidentially administered on an outpatient basis and assess potentially addictive and substance abuse behaviors for a variety of substances, including methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, alcohol, and several others. Regardless of the specific substance(s) of abuse, the DUI Evaluation process involves a review of medications and medical history, information from past or present counseling sessions, and participation in self-help or 12-step programs (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc.) in order to fully assess client readiness for the restoration of their driving privileges. Additionally, the DUI Evaluation may yield specific recommendations for treatment where necessary. The client will be provided with a copy of the DUI Evaluation outcomes and suggested treatment options following the assessment.
Given that DUI Evaluations, along with the treatment recommendations provided, are often used to minimize and alleviate court sentences, individuals are highly encouraged to undergo evaluations as soon as possible, which demonstrates to the court and prosecution your willingness to take responsibility for your actions and follow-thru with the suggested treatment plan. If you or someone you know is in need of a DUI Evaluation in Atlanta, please contact us for a comprehensive, personalized assessment or make a referral.
To learn more about additional steps required by DDS and DBHDD of Atlanta, Georgia, please visit the links below.
Georgia Department of Driver Services. http://www.dds.ga.gov/faqs/index.aspx?faqcategoryid=13. Accessed on September 1, 2015
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