The alcohol screening class is approximately a 15-30 minute one on one interview with an alcohol counselor who will ask you questions about your drinking habits. Upon completion of the interview the counselor will recommend a treatment plan which you are not obligated to follow unless it is ordered by the judge. (If you have been convicted of a DUI the screening is mandatory before you can obtain a license). If you are uncertain about whether or not you are obligated to sign up for these classes you should consult with your Arizona DUI Attorney who could further assist you with this matter. Typical treatment plans range from 16 hours for first time offenders and 36-100 hours for multiple, extreme, super extreme or aggravated DUIs.
It is a good idea to complete your MVD required alcohol screening as soon as possible. This is because the cost is relatively low ($40-75), and if you will be serving a standard DUI 90 day license suspension it will reduce the suspension to 30 days of no driving and 60 days restricted driving. Once completed your provider should electronically upload a certificate of completion to the MVD.
The other benefit of completing the alcohol screening early is that if you are ultimately convicted of DUI the court will almost certainly sentence you to alcohol screening in exchange for less jail time. If you already completed the screening and/or any follow up classes you will get credit for doing so.
DUI Treatment Centers
The following is a list of alcohol screening providers in Maricopa County, Arizona. This is by no means an exclusive list and you are free to use anyone you want. Just make sure whomever you use is certified by the State of Arizona and knows how to file the appropriate paperwork with your specific court and the MVD.
Stone Wall Institute. 4020 N. 20th St., Suite 302 Phoenix, Arizona 85016 Phone: 602.535.6468 http://stonewallinstitute.com/
East Valley Substance Abuse Center, Inc. 1550 E. University Drive, Suite F1 Mesa, AZ. 85203 Phone: (480) 833-8122 http://duiprograms.com/
CHC. 7447 E Earll Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Phone: 480-949-8871 http://justiceservices.com/
Rio Salado Behavioral Health Systems, Inc. 1308 West Camelback Road Phoenix, Arizona 85013-2107 Phone: 602-252-9048 http://riosaladobhs.org/
If you have been arrested for a DUI protect your future by calling 602-889-6273 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and find out how we can help you!