I have a legal blog that includes an entry, what is an alcohol and drug evaluation?
An evaluation is used at Sentencing to ensure you are eligible for Supervision. Speaking the truth is the best option. People often get caught in lies. Telling the truth will not hurt your overall case. Most first time offenders get sentenced to relatively minor punishments with a good attorney at their side.
If you are unsure of something you should ask your current attorney. That is what you paid him/ her for.
An alcohol dependency evaluation is required by statute in connection with any sentence imposed for DUI. If you have an attorney and you are confused about anything, you shouldn't be. You need to meet with the attorney and have all of your questions answered. If he or she is suggesting an evaluation in advance of your first court date, that would be an indication that the lawyer feels you have no defenses worth pursuing. If you do not believe your lawyer can answer your questions, you might want to consider another lawyer.
One piece of advice that I did not see in the prior responses, all of which were well written is that you must do your best to make sure that you will test negative for any substances before going to a substance abuse evaluation. If you test positive during your evaluation, it will be very harmful to to your case and the recommendations that are made.
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