Scheduling a DWI Assessment
Call our office between 8-5, M-F to schedule an assessment:
The assessment will take 60-90 minutes to complete.
The DWI Assessment Process
Serenity DWI is fully licensed by NC DWI Services and will assist you with your assessment in a professional, confidential and timely manner. First Step will often complete an assessment the day you call to request an appointment.
Why Get Your DWI Assessment Done as Soon as Possible?
A DWI Assessment is a Mitigating Factor during your trial and can reduce the level of punishment, possibly helping avoid active jail time.
Allow at least 90 minutes for the DWI assessment when you schedule your appointment. If you have your lifetime driving record (we can assist with that) and the printout of your breath/blood test, you can leave the assessment with all the paperwork you need for your attorney, court or the NC Division of Motor Vehicles.
If you live in another state and received an NC DWI, First Step can help you with your assessment and classes or counseling without you having to return to North Carolina. With our help, you can meet all requirements by receiving services in the area in which you live.
Know in advance where you stand with your DWI Substance Abuse requirements.If you have your DWI Assessment at Serenity DWI, we will bill your insurance for any counseling that may be required. Many insurance companies allow for billing the substance abuse assessment, if the client enters the program at First Step counseling groups. The $100 fee must be paid at the time of the assessment, but if we are reimbursed, the amount paid by the insurance company will be applied to group co-pays. Choose First Step Services and save.Don’t be misled by mailed or other notices that say you must go to any particular agency for a DWI assessment. You can choose ANY licensed NC DWI agency you like.A DWI Substance Abuse Assessment is an alcohol abuse and drug abuse assessment consisting of an interview by a Licensed or Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and a structured assessment questionnaire to determine if a person has a problem with alcohol or drugs. There are a few different assessment types that are used by different NC DWI programs.Possible outcomes of the DWI assessment are alcohol or drug dependence, alcohol or drug abuse, or no alcohol or drug “handicap.” The DWI assessment and related paperwork take approximately one and a half hours.
ADETS is a 16 hour educational program designed for those who do not have a substance abuse handicap, have not been convicted or a previous DWI in their lifetime, whose BAC was less than .15, and who were not charged with refusal. The NC State mandated cost of ADETS is $160.
Short-Term Treatment is a minimum of 20 hours of education and group therapy designed for those with an abuse diagnosis or who were charged with refusal. Short-term groups meet in the morning or evening, twice weekly. Clients are encouraged to attend no less than four support group meetings, such as AA or NA. Payment is requested before treatment completion.
Long-Term Treatment is a minimum of 40 hours of psych-education and group therapy and is designed for those who are in the early stages of substance dependence. Long-Term groups meet twice weekly, in either the morning or the evening. Clients are strongly urged to attend no less than weekly support group meetings, such as AA or NA. Payment is requested before treatment completion.
A DWI Substance Abuse Assessment is required of everyone who is convicted of Driving While Impaired in the state of North Carolina. You can not receive a Limited Driving Privilege without a DWI Assessment. DWI and Substance Abuse assessments and groups can only be conducted by facilities licensed by the state of North Carolina to meet requirements to restore your drivers license.
The cost of all NC DWI Assessments is $100. The $100 fee is established by the Legislature of the State of NC. No agency in the state of NC is ever allowed by law to charge more or less than the lawful $100 fee. This fee is to be collected at the time of the assessment. Agencies have no choice or say-so in this matter.