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What is a Drug and Alcohol Evaluation and How Does it Influence the License Reinstatement Process?

Posted on in Driver's License Reinstatement

McHenry County Drivers' License Reinstatement LawyerDriving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to several administrative and criminal consequences, including the loss of driving privileges. Depending on the circumstances of the alleged drunk driving, the driver’s past criminal history, the results of a breath alcohol test, and other factors, drivers may face a driver’s license suspension or revocation.

While a driver’s license suspension eventually terminates, a revoked license must be reinstated. The driver’s license reinstatement process is the process through which a driver may be granted full or partial driving privileges. One of the most important aspects of the reinstatement process is the drug and alcohol evaluation.

Assessing a Driver’s Risk

Drunk driving is estimated to contribute to a third of all fatal traffic accidents. Driving while intoxicated puts the driver, passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians at risk. To reduce the incidence of drunk driving, Illinois has instituted strict penalties for those convicted of DUI, including driver’s license revocation.

Before allowing a DUI offender back on the road, Illinois law states that the driver must undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine whether the driver has a substance abuse problem or alcohol addiction and if he or she is likely to re-offend.

Risk Classifications

Drug and alcohol evaluations are conducted by professional evaluators licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. The evaluator will interview the offender and assess his or her answers to the interview questions. This assessment, along with the driver’s driving history, BAC test results, and other information, is used to classify the driver as:

  • Minimal Risk

  • Moderate Risk

  • Significant Risk

  • High Risk

The steps a driver must take to regain his or her driving ability depend on his or her classification. Those identified as minimal risk must complete 10 hours of a DUI Risk Education program. Drivers who have been classified as moderate-high risk may need to take additional steps including completing a substance abuse program.

Contact a McHenry County Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyer

If you were charged or convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, you may need to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation. The results of this evaluation dictate what you will need to do to get your license back. The driver’s license reinstatement process can be complicated and overwhelming for many. At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Illinois Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers, we help drivers take the steps needed to get back on the road legally. Call our Crystal Lake driver’s license reinstatement lawyers at 779-800-2250 for a free, confidential consultation.




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