DUI Evaluation Drug Alcohol

Obtaining an alcohol drug evaluation will be mandatory if you are arrested for DUI in Washington State.  If you are convicted of DUI or if the DUI is amended to a less serious offense the Court will require you to go through the evaluation process.  Additionally, if you lose your license through the Department of Licensing process you will need to complete an alcohol drug evaluation and the ADIS class in order to reinstate your driving privilege.

It is our objective as a law firm who represents the DUI defendant, to get our clients the most fair and objective alcohol evaluation. Hence, all clients will be counseled prior to the evaluation.  Do not underestimate the value of a good (fair!) evaluation!  Further, we will refer our clients to only a few individual treatment centers for evaluations as many treatment centers are more interested in the bottom line (money) than our client's welfare. 

Finally, before you get your evaluation please be prepared. I personally discuss each evaluation with every client prior to the evaluation.  Every client also receives a handout with helpful reminders and tips on how to receive the best result possible.

Evaluation, ADIS Class and DUI Victim Panel


Washington DUI Alcohol Drug Evaluation

The alcohol evaluation is required by the court and can have a significant impact on your case.  Please take it seriously!  Your DUI in Bellingham, Lynnwood, Everett, Marysville, Mount Vernon or any other jurisdiction in Western Washington may depend on a good evaluation and diagnosis. It is our objective to prepare you as best we can so that you can anticipate what to expect and get the most fair and reasonable evaluation possible.  The evaluation follows the guidelines set forth by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

The focus on the evaluation will be to determine if you have either a substance abuse problem or if you are risk for developing alcohol/drug-related problems.  If the evaluation determines that neither of these is present, then you will be determined to have “No Significant Problem” and will not need treatment (you will still need to do the 8-hour Alcohol Drug Information School, however).

In order to complete the evaluation the treatment provider must have the following information:  1. Police narrative; 2. BAC ticket; and 3. Your Driver’s Abstract from the DOL.


Alcohol Drug Treatment Washington State DUI

Alcohol or drug treatment will be determined following your evaluation. Should you be determined to have an alcohol or drug problem, treatment will be required and required by the Court.  Further, your treatment will be monitored by probation - and monitored very closely, I might add.

The length of treatment will be determined, in part, by prior treatment, the number of prior DUIs, and the BAC (or THC) in the current case.

Treatment is also required as part of the Deferred Prosecution program. Treatment with this program is very intense and is only to be entered into if the defendant is sincere and ready for the commitment. It is required throughout treatment that there be no consumption of alcohol or illicit drugs and the treatment center will be testing the participant with periodic UAs.

The final word about treatment is the treatment center. Not every treatment center is created equally. It is very important that every defendant seeks counsel with their DUI defense attorney prior to entering into such an important program.


Washington State ADIS Alcohol Drug Information School

Alcohol Drug Information School

An individual diagnosed with no significant problem (NSP) will be recommended to attended the Alcohol and Drug Information School (ADIS).  The ADIS is an 8 hour program designed to educate the participants about the dangers of alcohol and drugs.  ADIS is typically recommended by a treatment provider for those who are deemed to have no significant problem (NSP) with alcohol or drugs.

ADIS includes the following topics:

•Expectations, Pre-test, Choice 
•Blood Alcohol Concentration 
•Long Term Affects of Alcohol & Drug Abuse 
•Patterns of Use, Nonuse, Social Use, Misuse, Abuse and Addiction 
•Underage Drinking and Driving 
•Washington Penalties 
•Financial and Personal Losses 
•Breaking the Family Cycle 
•Exploring Values / Making Decisions 
•Change Plans and Post-test 


Washington State DUI Victim Impact Panel

The DUI Victim Impact Panel is required as part of a DUI disposition.  Every County has their own program and the cost is fairly consistent, approximately $50 cash. There are also private companies who offer the program for approximately the same cost.


Washington State Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a group that is well vetted and approved by all courts. There are some treatment centers who will recommend AA meetings in addition to or even lieu of treatment. If you participate in the deferred prosecution program, you will have to attend two AA (or equivalent self-help meetings) meetings per week for two years.


Deferred Prosecution Washington State Attorney

Deferred Prosecution is a very intensive treatment plan.  The benefits are that should the participant successfully complete the program, the DUI (and any other associated charges) will be dismissed.  For more information on this program, please click the action button below.

Where To Go for an Evaluation and ADIS Class

Assessment and Treatment Associates (ATA)

2219 Rimland Drive, Suite 301
Bellingham, WA 98226

Phone: (425) 289-1600 

Fax: (425) 289-1602  

Assessment and Treatment Associates (ATA)

21907 – 64th Avenue W., Suite 310
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Phone: (425) 289-1600
Fax: (425) 289-1602 

Assessment and Treatment Associates (ATA)

13353 Bel-Red Road, Suite 101
Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone: (425) 289-1600
Fax: (425) 289-1602 

Follman Agency

910 S. Anacortes Street

Burlington, WA 98233

Phone:  (360) 755-1125

Bridges Recovery

1221 Fraser Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone:  (360) 714-8180

Port Gardiner Bay Recovery

2722 Colby Avenue, Suite 515

Everett, WA 98201

Phone:  (425) 252-4656

Where to Go for the DUI Victim Panel

Whatcom County

Whatcom County Courthouse­ Council Chambers
311 Grand Avenue
Bellingham, Washington 98225 
Arrive: 6:30 pm 
Start time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Cost:  $50 
Information Line: (360) 676-6724 ext. 30699 

Skagit County

Skagit County Transit Center 

105 E. Kincaid, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

When?  Third Thursday of the Month

Start time:  6pm (must have ID)

Cost:  $50 cash

Snohomish County

Everett Station (Bus/Train)

3201 Smith Avenue, Room 412

Everett, WA 98201

Phone:  (425) 388-7269

When?  Tuesday and Saturday

Start time:  Tuesday-6:30pm; Saturday-8:30am

Cost:  $50 cash

Island County

Oak Harbor Library, Hayes Hall 137

1000 SE Regatta Drive 

Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Phone:  (360) 672-8219

When? Twice a month but call for dates

Start time:  2:15 pm and 6:45 pm

Cost:  $50 cash

Assessment and Treatment Associates (ATA)

ATA offers the DUI Victim Panel at all of their locations every Saturday (in Whatcom, Snohomish and King Counties).  The DUI Victim Panel is offered in conjunction with the ADIS class (you can do both on a Saturday). The Bellingham location offers the DUI Victim Panel (and ADIS) one time per month. Contact us for the their latest schedule.

Coastal Treatment Services

2520 Colby Avenue, Suite 111

Everett, WA 98201

Phone:  (425) 646-4406

When:  Three times per month

Start time: 8am and 5pm (phone for times)

Cost:  $35

Note: Coastal also offers the ADIS class

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