Three Things You Must Know Before Your DWI Alcohol Evaluation





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Published on Jan 20, 2011


1. Honest and Clean: Be prepared to be urine tested (really a screen) for other drugs in your system. Some evaluators will be looking for other drugs besides alcohol. Be straight with the evaluator because they will confirm and check up on what you tell them. Which leads me to number...

2. Collaterals: They will ask for the names and phone numbers of your closest friends, family, and possibly co-workers to check up on your answers/responses to their questions. Better to know before you go, and tell them in advance to expect a call.

3. Take the M.A.S.T., google it, it's online, and formally called The Michigan Alcohol Screening Test. It is a good place to self-test to see if you have a potential dependency problem.

Read the complete blog, "Three Things You Have to Know Before Your DWI Drug/Alcohol Evaluation" here:


Remember the purpose of the evaluation is to determine whether your diagnosis is one of "abuse" or "dependency" and then what would be the appropriate course of action to address your issue (s).

Always consult with an attorney about any criminal or non-criminal charges you have pending to discuss your options and/or defenses.

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