Alcohol Treatment Following a DWI Arrest
Representing Clients in Ocean County, Cape May County, and Atlantic City
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, it is important to be proactive and to participate in your defense. One thing you can do to improve your position in court is to obtain alcohol treatment, even if you think you do not have a drinking problem.
I am John W. Tumelty, a DWI lawyer in Atlantic City with more than 30 years of experience. For a free initial DWI consultation, call me at 609-390-4600. I can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Why Should I Obtain Alcohol Treatment?
Anyone who is convicted of DWI in New Jersey is required to take a two-day, 12-hour alcohol course. As a part of this course, you will participate in an alcohol evaluation, which could lead to a requirement for further counseling or treatment.
Obtaining DUI/DWI treatment on your own before your case goes to trial sends a message that you are taking the charges seriously and are taking positive steps to change the behavior that led to your arrest. It will never hurt your case and could help you in two ways:
- It can help with plea bargaining negotiations with the district attorney.
- If you are convicted, the judge has some discretion on penalties. Obtaining alcohol treatment can be a mitigating factor.
What Types of Alcohol Treatment Programs Are Available?
Three types of alcohol treatment programs:
- Inpatient treatment, which can take 28 days or longer
- Intensive outpatient (IOP), which is three hours, three days a week
- Alcohol consultation programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, which is usually once a month