One of the most important steps someone accused with a DUI/DWI can take is getting evaluated by a Maryland Certified Alcohol Treatment Center. The evaluation helps the accused and the Court determine what type of treatment is necessary. The evaluation will typically suggest between twelve and twenty-six hours of alcohol treatment classes. Here are 4 things to know about the alcohol evaluation and treatment program:
1) Abuse Categories: All Maryland treatment providers begin with an initial evaluation where standardized tests are given to determine an abuse category. Abuse categories usually range from “social drinker” to “addict.” Generally, a “social drinker” will be recommended to complete twelve hours of alcohol treatment or education while an “addict” may be required to undergo open-ended treatment.
2) Treatment Program: Maryland alcohol treatment providers can request patients to submit to random urinalysis and to participate in both group and individual counseling. Most treatment is done on a weekly basis in an outpatient capacity. In extremely serious cases inpatient care is required Defendants should try to complete all of the classes by the trial date if possible. This step is essential when negotiating the best possible plea agreement with the state’s attorney.
3) Treatment Evaluation: The Court looks favorably upon defendants who are proactive and confront their mistake with adequate countermeasures. A first time DUI offender who accepts a plea offer will most likely be considered for a probation before judgment, which is not a conviction. Evaluation and enrollment in alcohol treatment classes help to ensure that the judge will give probation before judgment disposition.
4) Treatment Price: Alcohol treatment can range from $400.00 for outpatient to $3000.00 for inpatient. However, for those who cannot afford private counseling most counties provide a publicly funded treatment facility through the Health Department. Rates for publicly funded treatment is determined by income level and residency in that county is a requirement.