The state of Illinois takes DUI offenses very seriously. In fact, driving under the influence is one of two offenses in Illinois that mandates an offender undergo an evaluation prior to sentencing.
The other offense mandating evaluation is a felony sex offense.
The purpose of a DUI evaluation is to determine whether you pose a risk to public safety with your alcohol and/or drug use. The evaluation is used by the Secretary of State License Reinstatement, and in some cases by the court, as a sentencing tool. Note that the statute requires both an evaluation and recommendations for treatment that results from the evaluation.
During the evaluation, one of our counselors/examiners interviews the defendant specifically about his or her alcohol and drug use, both past and present. If appropriate, the person’s partner is also interviewed.
The interview consists of a counselor collecting information about:
1. Client’s demographic information
2. Most recent DUI arrest in detail
Prior drug and alcohol-related offenses, including supervisions and convictions for a DUI
3. Specific questions about other substance-related arrests, including zero tolerance, illegal transportation, and other arrests for substance abuse
4. Detailed alcohol/drug abuse history, including alcohol, legal drugs, and prescription medications. Includes significant other interview and prior treatment program completion relevant to the current case
5. Questionnaire information and summary of the findings
6. Summary of evaluation and clinical findings
7. Assignment of risk levels
Purpose of DUI Evaluation
The evaluation is meant to determine if the substance use history of the person arrested for DUI creates a risk to public safety.
As a result of the DUI Evaluation and risk levels, recommendations are assigned as follows:
Minimal risk – 10 hours of DUI Risk Education
Moderate risk– 10 hours DUI Risk Education followed by 12 hours of early intervention. Early intervention is provided over a minimum of four weeks. There can be only one day of classes each week and no more than three hours in that day. In addition, if recommended by the evaluation, the defendant will be required to participate in an on-going continuing care plan.3.
Significant risk – 10 hours DUI Risk Education followed by 20 hours of substance abuse treatment. Mandatory participation in a continuing care plan.
High risk – 75 hours of substance abuse treatment and after completion, and mandatory participation in a continuing care plan.
Drug and alcohol treatment requirements and education requirements are dependent upon the risk level classification assigned and often must be completed in order for reinstatement of driving privileges and could require alcohol counseling.
However, though evaluation sets the number of hours required, and what kind of out- or in-patient care should be mandated, the presiding judge has discretion with respect to the recommended amount of treatment.
The bottom line is that the defendant must complete the treatment recommended in the Alcohol and Drug Uniform Report to satisfy the statutory requirement (11-501.01(a)to “undergo the imposition of treatment as appropriate.”
DUI 10 Hours Risk Education
Risk Education consists of four 2 ½ hour classes that are held every Wednesday at the Rock Island Office from 6:00 pm - 8:30pm. Saturday classes are also held periodically. You must start on class number one and attend every week for the next three weeks.
To attend the class you need to bring a copy of your DUI Evaluation, if you did not complete it with us and the fee for the program.
This evaluation will determine what level of care you need, to help you avoid being in that situation again. There are four different categories of recommendations that result from an evaluation.