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New York Drug / Alcohol Screening and Evaluation

If you have been charged with a DWI, in the state of New York, and your blood alcohol content was .15% or higher, you will probably have to undergo a mandatory drug/alcohol screening and evaluation. People are often very nervous about this part of the process, and understandably so. Being charged with a drunk driving offense is a frightening and humiliating experience. However, it is important to know that the results of this screening can actually help your case in some instances. The results of your evaluation can help your New York Alcohol Evaluation Lawyer negotiate a plea bargain for you, and may demonstrate that your conduct the night of the arrest was a lapse in judgment, as opposed to habitual, repeated event. If you have been charged with a DUI, DWI, or other alcohol-related offense, it is important to ensure that your rights are protected at all stages of the process. Contact a skilled New York DWI Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC at your first opportunity.

The alcohol screening and evaluation is part of the Department of Motor Vehicle’s drinking driver program, and must be completed in order to obtain a conditional driving privilege. There are a few things that you should be aware of going into this evaluation:

Be Prepared to Answer in Depth Questions about Your Alcohol & Drug Use:

There are good examples of sample questions on the internet, one of which is called the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test. This can give you a rough idea of the types of questions that can be asked.

Be Prepared to Provide a Urine Sample for a Drug Screen:

A drug screen is not the same as a drug test per se. A screen is a very general, fast and inexpensive way to test for the presence of drugs in your system. This type of test can often show a false positive. You may not have to provide a urine sample, but be aware that it is possible. It is also always better to provide a clean sample than to decline the test. You should avoid cannabis use for at least 4 weeks prior to this test, and other drugs for two weeks, or they may show up on the drug screen.

Be Prepared to Follow Through with Recommended Treatment

Any recommended treatment will likely be a condition imposed by the court if you receive a conditional discharge. If you fail to meet any of your conditions, your case can be re-evaluated and you could be in violation of your court order.

Facing a DWI or DWAI charge is never easy. Give yourself the chance of success and contact an experienced New York DWI Attorney from the office of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. Whether you have been charged with a second, Felony DWI, or Aggravated DWI, we can aggressively defend you in court and want to ensure that your rights are protected. We can also provide you with a free consultation with your first appointment, so call us today at 800.696.9529. We have offices in New York City, serving Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. We have offices in Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island and Westchester County.