Written by attorney Robert Francis Healey Jr.

Does It Matter Where I Treat After My Drug And Alcohol Assessment?

The answer is no. But first, I want to tell you a little about the assessment and its role in a DUI case.

An assessment for drugs and alcohol will be completed by a physician, or person licensed to evaluate your risk for alcohol and drug addiction. The assessment will also relate the potential risk to an appropriate level of treatment to minimize a relapse related to drug and alcohol abuse.

Your lawyer may decide to refer you for a drug and alcohol assessment when you are charged with a DUI. This is often done when the client has a prior DUI conviction, a high-tier test, or is under age.

It is important that you get the assessment. Your lawyer will give you advice on where to find providers that can give you an assessment in your area.

It is important that you ask the person giving the assessment to copy it to your lawyer. The assessment can be used in negotiations or mitigation if favorable, but there is no obligation to disclose it if it is not helpful.

If the assessment recommends further treatment, your lawyer will ask that you comply. That brings us to the topic of this blog.

It does not matter where you receive the recommended treatment. What matters is that you comply with the recommendation.

A recommendation can range from no care needed, 1-2 times a week for several weeks of outpatient meetings with a licensed counselor, 2-3 times a week for several weeks of intensive outpatient care, 30-60 days of inpatient treatment and counseling, to the extreme of late state addiction where you need to check yourself into a detox program for up to a week in a hospital under the care of a physician to be weaned off the substances you are using with medication so that your body will not go into organ failure during withdraw.

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You can also get more information from my DUI / OVI Blog at or my Firm's Cincinnati Website,

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