In North Carolina a DWI substance abuse assessment requires a $100.00** fee. It is composed of a face-to-face clinical interview, an approved standardized test, a review of the complete driving record ($10) and verification of alcohol concentration at the time of arrest.

Clients who have completed a DWI substance abuse assessment are placed in one of the following service levels:

ADETS: (Alcohol and Drug Education Traffic School) criteria for recommendation:

   1.  The results of the assessment show no substance abuse handicap.
   2.  No prior DWI conviction anywhere (lifetime).
   3.  BAC = 0.14% or less.
   4.  No refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Those clients who do not meet the criteria for ADETS must be referred to treatment. There are four progressive levels of treatment:

Level 2: A minimum of 20 hours of treatment, conducted over a minimum period of  30 days.
Level 3: A minimum of 40 hours of treatment, conducted over a minimum period of 60 days.
Level 4: A minimum of 90 hours over a minimum period of 90 days.
Level 5: Inpatient treatment as required, coupled with an aftercare program which must last for a minimum period of 90 days.

To have your driver’s license reinstated, you must: complete a substance abuse assessment and complete the recommendation made by the assessor.

If a convicted person fails to comply their driver’s license remains  revoked. Operation of a motor vehicle will make the individual subject to arrest for Driving While License Revoked (DWLR).
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