What happens when addiction leads to OUI?

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2020 | Drunk Driving |

A person who is facing a drunk driving charge has a lot of things to handle. Not only do they need to develop a defense strategy against the charges, they also need to think about the administrative penalties. For some individuals, there’s a tertiary issue that comes into the picture – addiction.

For a person who’s addicted to or dependent on alcohol, addressing the underlying issue must be a priority. Participating in an alcohol education and assessment program that’s ordered by the court is one step in getting this help; however, without the participant wanting the help, it might not be successful.

During the evaluation for alcohol dependency or abuse, the counselor asks questions and talks to the person to determine how alcohol affects them and what type of relationship they have with alcohol. Depending on the results of the evaluation, the person might be required to undergo an alcohol treatment program before they’re allowed to get their driving privileges reinstated.

In the absence of the alcohol education and assessment program and treatment programs, there is little done in the court system to help people charged with drunk driving. The other facets of these cases focus strictly on punishing them for driving while they were impaired. These can include things like paying fines, spending time in jail, losing their driving privileges and being placed on probation.

It might be possible to minimize some of these penalties in court. Working closely with an attorney can help the person get support for the addiction or dependency so they can make positive life choices.