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What Is a DUI Evaluation?

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DUI): is defined as operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, other drugs or intoxicating compounds.  In Illinois, drivers are legally considered to be under the influence if they have a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or more, a tetrahydrocannabinol (cannabis) concentration (THC) of either 5 nanograms or more per milliliter of whole blood or 10 nanograms or more per milliliter of other bodily substance, have used any other controlled substance, or are impaired by medication.  This could be any of the following or any combination of the following:

  • ALCOHOL
  • ILLICIT DRUGS
  • MOOD-ALTERING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION
  • MOOD-ALTERING OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION

Illinois mandates that anyone arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs (DUI) must undergo an alcohol and drug evaluation before sentencing can occur for the DUI offense, or restricted or full driving privileges can be granted by the Office of the Secretary of State.  The purpose of the evaluation is to determine the extent of a person's alcohol and/or drug use and their associated risk to current and/or future public safety. The evaluation must be done in a face-to-face interview focusing on past and current alcohol and drug use, specifically as they relate to driving history and current drinking patterns.


Inconsistencies must be reconciled between the DUI offender and the evaluator. If not, the evaluation will have no validity and could result in the following consequences:


• Denial of driving privileges by the Office of the Secretary of State

• A request by the Court or the Office of the Secretary of State to undergo another evaluation at the offender's expense

• Delay of sentencing for the DUI or consideration for restricted or full driving privileges


When the evaluation is completed, a classification and a recommendation will be determined by the evaluator and recorded on the Alcohol and Drug Uniform Report form for the Court and/or the Office of the Secretary of State.

What Do I Need to Bring?

At The IDS Group Chicago, we highly suggest that you bring the following to ensure that the evaluation is completed in a timely manner:


• A current driving abstract from the DMV (must be dated within 30 days)

• Law Enforcement Sworn Report (if the arrest occurred in the State of Illinois)

• Any tickets given at the time of the arrest

• A list of any current prescribed and/or current over-the-counter medications


NOTE:     If you do not have any of these, we can direct you where to go to obtain it.

What Are the Outcomes of a DUI Evaluation?

One Of Four Risk Classifications:


Minimal Risk

No prior convictions or court-ordered supervisions for DUI; no prior statutory summary suspensions; no prior reckless driving convictions reduced from a DUI; a BAC of less than .15; no symptoms of abuse or dependency

Moderate Risk

No prior convictions or court-ordered supervisions for DUI; no prior statutory summary suspensions; no prior reckless driving convictions reduced from a DUI; a BAC between .15 and .19 or a refusal of chemical testing; no symptoms of abuse or dependency

Significant Risk

One prior conviction or court-ordered supervision for DUI; one prior statutory summary suspension; one prior reckless driving conviction reduced from DUI; and/or BAC of .20 or higher as a result of the most current arrest for DUI; and/or symptoms of abuse and/or dependence

High Risk

Symptoms of abuse and/or dependence; and/or within a 10 year period from the date of the most current (i.e., third) arrest, any combination of two prior convictions or court-ordered supervisions for DUI; or prior statutory summary suspension; or prior reckless driving convictions reduced from DUI.

How do I get started?

  1. Call to schedule an appointment (312) 263-1131
  2. Bring your evaluation
  3. Bring your deposit to start or pay in full to receive a discount
  4. Bring a photo ID
  5. Keep an open mind
  6. Start attending group and/or individual sessions

What are sessions like?

  1. Everyone is there for the same reason - so you will not feel alone
  2. Choose to do group and/or individual sessions
  3. Choose whatever group works for you each week
  4. Choose to do either 2- hour groups or individual sessions
  5. Choose to do 3- hour group sessions
  6. Choose what days of the week most convenient for you
  7. Participate
  8. Complete the program

How do I pay for sessions?

  1. Pay in full to receive a discount
  2. Pay a deposit to start and pay as you go
  3. Receive a sliding scale if you qualify
  4. Found a facility with a lower price - NO PROBLEM - we PRICE MATCH!
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