DUI Counseling Timeline

If you have just got into an accident that resulted because you were drinking and driving or you were simply caught drinking and driving, then you are likely going to be ordered to go to DUI counseling as part of the court's decision regarding your case. You might not know what to expect when you go to DUI counseling. Here is the general timeline that you are looking at.

1. DUI Evaluation

Once you have been sentenced for DUI counseling, you will need to go to a counseling center that specializes in DUI cases for an evaluation. This evaluation is going to determine your risk level. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious thing and the government worries about those who are caught doing it because it might be a sign of a more serious substance problem. As a result, one of the main functions of DUI counseling is to determine whether or not you are having problems with addiction or if you are are at risk for having problems with addiction in the future.

You evaluation will essentially consist of you going to the counseling center for an hour and talking to one of the counselors, as well as possibly answering some multiple choice personality questions. At the end of your appointment, you will receive an evaluation regarding your level of risk and the counseling services that you're going to need to meet that level of risk.

2. Counseling

Depending on your level of risk, you might need to go to individual counseling sessions, group counseling sessions, or driving classes in order to regain your license. Each of these counseling sessions will have a set number of sessions or a set number of weeks that you will have to attend. You may also be required to do homework for your classes or therapists, or provide proof that you have improved before you are able to regain your license.

3. Licensing

Finally, if your therapist or anyone with whom you have worked at the counseling center believes that you have made significant progress, they will make the recommendation to the courts that you should be eligible to get your license back. With their recommendation, you should be able to get your license back relatively quickly.

For more information, talk to a counseling center, like Counseling Center of Illinois. They will be able to give you an estimate with regards to the timeline that is more specific to their office.