FIRST THINGS FIRST
Receiving a DUI can be a very traumatic experience. There are many issues that must be addressed immediately. One of the first steps needs to be the process of being evaluated for alcohol and drug problems. We are often unaware of the impact that alcohol and other drugs can have on our lives and the lives of those close to us. In order to fulfill court requirements specific to alcohol and drug related arrests the individual may be required to have an evaluation done by a state certified chemical dependency agency. The evaluation is a way for you and your counselor to assess the appropriate level of care necessary for you to get on with your life. Associated Behavioral Health Care offers same day evaluations seven days a week between the hours of 8am and 8pm Monday through Sunday.
Our reputation for fair, objective, comprehensive evaluations is why we are consistently referred to by the region’s court and probation departments as well as the area’s finest attorneys.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI/DWI in Washington State there are some very important issues that you should be aware of.
1) A conviction for even a first offense may result in a loss of driver’s license, fines, alcohol monitoring, jail time and higher insurance premiums.
2) During an arrest for DUI the officer may punch a hole in your driver’s license and will provide you with a form to request a hearing with the Department of Licensing (DOL). YOU have only 20 days to send this form in to the DOL requesting a hearing. If you do not your license may be suspended.
3) There are many confusing and often complex issues surrounding a legal charge of DUI in Washington State. If you have not already obtained legal counsel or have not been assigned a public defender, Associated Behavioral Health Care & Schick Shadel Hospital can provide you with a few attorney referrals that specialize in the area of DUI. See our list of preferred partners.
After talking with the staff at Schick Shadel Hospital or Associated Behavioral Health Care, you will find that the above mentioned items are in fact the standard of care at each and every location. If this is a court related issue or if your attorney is requesting that you be proactive and obtain an alcohol and drug assessment, it can be helpful to bring the following items to your assessment appointment:
1. Five year driving abstract (Click here to obtain an online copy of your Washington State DOL abstract)
2. Photo ID
3. Any and all court paperwork you might have
4. A copy of your criminal history (if applicable)
5. If you take prescription medications try to bring copies of the prescription
Please understand that none of the items are necessary to start the assessment. However at some point, if this is a court ordered issue, the court might require that we have proof of some or all of the above listed items. As always your information is confidential. We can not and will not disclose any of your information unless you sign a release for us to do so. If you have an attorney for this process, please inform them that you will be seeing us for your assessment and assure them that we will not share your information with anyone without your consent.
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