Alcohol Assessment Process

The Alcohol Assessment at BHIC in Charlotte is the first step to getting your licenses back. It involves questionnaires, screening tools, and a one on one clinical interview with an assessor where the class or alcohol treatment program you will need to take will be determined. Upon receipt at our Charlotte facility, the assessment recommendation is valid for 6 months and classes can be started any time within the 6-month period. Upon completion of your outpatient alcohol treatment at BHIC in Charlotte, your E508 forms can be sent to NC DMV for approval to remove the hold from your licenses.

What is the E508 form needed to get your license back after a NC DWI?

The E508 is an electronic form that is sent to the NC DMV by our Charlotte facility, which documents the alcohol assessment and treatment information for approval to get the hold removed from your driving record. The state asks for a minimum of 5 business days to process and approve the forms.

What is the 16-hour ADETS class for DUI/DWI clients?

The 16-hour ADETS class is a prevention and intervention service primarily for first time offenders with a BAC of .14 or lower and no substance use disorders. It is an education based program that uses the Prime for Life curriculum provided by the Prevention Research Institute.

What is BAC and how does it impact my NC DWI?

BAC is the Blood Alcohol Content, better known as the breathalyzer results at the time of your DWI. This will impact your NC DWI by determining if you qualify for the minimum recommendation of classes (ADETS), or will need to take a higher level of treatment classes.

How does my DWI assessor determine how many alcohol classes I need?

The DWI assessor will take many things into account when determining how many classes you need such as state technicalities with your BAC, whether you have any prior DWI charges in or out of state, and your screening tool scores. The assessor will also consider the one on one interview, your current pattern of substance use, any past treatment received and the DSM-V criteria when determining the needed treatment.

What paper work do I need to bring to my NC DWI Alcohol assessment and where can I get it?

At the assessment, you will need to bring a copy of the citation, BAC receipt, and the state regulated fee of $100. The citation and BAC receipt can be obtained through your attorney or the clerk of courts office in the county the DWI was received in. Even if your DWI is over 5-10+ years old, or your BAC was a refusal or blood work, the clerk of court can still give you a copy of these documents.

What happens if I blow an under the DWI legal limit but I am under 21 years old?

Since it is illegal to drink under the age of 21 in NC, even if you blow under the legal limit you will still have to go through the process of an assessment and treatment classes to get your licenses back.

What is the (DSM-V) and how is it used during my DWI NC DWI Alcohol assessment?

The DSM-V is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association. It is a handbook that contains descriptions, symptoms and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. The criteria in the DSM-V is used by the assessor to determine if there is a substance use disorder present and its severity which is then considered when determining the recommended treatment.

Why do good people get charged with DWI/DUI’s?

Getting charged with a DWI/DUI is not a sole judge of one’s character, however, the act of drinking while driving puts yourself and other citizens in danger and therefore requires some form of reprimand/penalty to deter recidivism, as well as opens the door of opportunity to get help if one does have a substance use disorder.

What is an alcohol assessment?

Our Charlotte facility conducts alcohol assessments to determine the present or absence of a substance use disorder and involves screening tools such as the MAST, DAST and SUDDS-5, and questionnaires regarding one’s past and current substance use, social and mental history. It also involves a one on one clinical interview with an assessor to gather information to determine a recommendation.

How do I sign up for DWI/DUI classes (first need an assessment)

Once you have gotten an assessment done and received your recommendation you can take the DWI classes at any licensed DWI Facility. If you are changing facilities, you will contact the desired facility and set up a day to start class and fill out a Release and Exchange Form which will give the new facility access to your information from the assessing agency.

What happens if I received a DUI/DWI in another state but I live in NC?

Every state requires an alcohol assessment and treatment classes. Some states require additional paperwork, and if so, the client is responsible for giving the NC facility the correct paperwork to be filed upon completion. The client is also responsible for making the NC facility aware of any other regulations or requirements for the state the DWI was received.

What happens if I received a DWI in NC, but I live in another state?

You will need to complete an alcohol assessment and treatment at a licensed facility in your state of residence. For 1st offense one must take 16-19 hours education or one substantially similar in content and duration. For 2nd offenses one must take outpatient treatment or more with at least 20 hours over a 30 day period or substantially similar or 40 hours over a 60 day period for dependence. Once completed you will contact a licensed DWI facility in NC to enter in your E508 forms as an Out of State Review for approval by the NC DMV.

How does my BAC or blood alcohol test impact my DWI/DUI assessment?

The blood alcohol test will impact your DWI assessment two ways. It will determine if you qualify for the lowest recommendation of class. It will also help the assessor determine any potential tolerance factors.

How do my past DWI/DUI convictions impact my DWI/DUI assessment?

Any prior DWI/DUI convictions will disqualify you for the lowest recommendation of class. Essentially the more priors one has, the higher/longer their level of treatment classes will need to be.

What if I have multiple DWI’s that need E508 forms? Do I do multiple assessments?

The Assessment is state regulated at $100 because that is the cost of entering in an E508 form. If you have multiple charges that need E508 forms you will pay $100 per charge, but you will only do one assessment and the treatment recommendation will cover all the DWI charges.

What is the E508 assessment form the DMV needs for my North Carolina DWI case?

The E508 is an electronic form that is sent to the NC DMV that documents the assessment and treatment information needed for approval to get the hold removed from your driving record.

What are the types of recommendation levels for my DWI assessment?

A Level I recommendation is ADETS; a 5 day 16-hour education based class.

A Level II recommendation is Short Term Outpatient Treatment.

A Level III recommendation is Long Term Outpatient Treatment.

A Level IV recommendation is Day or Intensive Outpatient Treatment.

A Level V recommendation is Inpatient and/or Residential Treatment.

What does ADETS class that I was recommended for my NC DWI?

The 16-hour ADETS class is a prevention and intervention service primarily for first time offenders with a BAC of .14 or lower and no substance use disorders. It is an education based program that uses the Prime for Life curriculum provided by the Prevention Research Institute. This is a 5-day class that is state regulated at a cost of $160.

What is short term outpatient alcohol treatment?

Short term outpatient alcohol treatment is a Level II recommendation that consists of 20 to 39 hours of treatment at BHIC in Charlotte, and the cost will vary between different agencies. The hour must be stretched out over a 30 day period.

What is long term outpatient alcohol treatment?

Long term outpatient alcohol treatment at BHIC in Charlotte is a Level III recommendation that typically consists of 40 to 60 hours and the cost will vary between different agencies. The hours must be stretched out over a 60 day period.

What is the difference between intensive outpatient treatment and inpatient treatment?

Intensive outpatient treatment is a Level IV recommendation and requires the client to attend treatment/group at least 3 times a week for a minimum of 90 hours over 90 days.

Inpatient treatment is a Level V recommendation and requires the client to attend a residential treatment facility for a given amount of time and required aftercare equal to at least a 90-day period.

When should I start the Assessment process?

One can seek to do an alcohol assessment (and treatment) voluntarily while they are in the pre-trial phase in court, or as mandated by the court after they are convicted in court.

What happens if I completed alcohol treatment before I am convicted in court?

If treatment is completed before you are convicted in court, then you will receive a certificate of completion to provide in court. Once you are convicted you are responsible for contacting the DWI facility and informing them of your conviction date so your E508 forms can be entered and processed by the NC DMV.

What is the process to remove a hold for a Driving While Licenses Revoked (DWLR)?

Essentially the process to remove a hold from your licenses for a DWLR is the same as a DWI. You will get an assessment and recommendation for treatment and once it is completed your E508 forms will be sent to the NC DMV for approval.