If you are found guilty following a trial, or if you intend to negotiate a plea agreement, you will have to register for an alcohol evaluation. The process varies depending upon the county in which your case is pending. The evaluation takes approximately four hours. It consists of an interview with a licensed, professional counselor who will ask you questions about your current family life, your situation growing up, your use of alcohol and controlled substances, and the events surrounding your arrest. You should be honest in answering these questions as the evaluators are trained to spot dishonest or evasive answers and will report them on the evaluation. You will also be asked to submit a sample of your urine for analysis. The sample will be tested for the presence of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and an assortment of other controlled and prescribed medications. Do not test positive for alcohol or any controlled substance. If you occasionally use controlled substances, make sure they are out of your body before you take the evaluation and presume that you could be tested at any time during the pendency of your case.
The cost of the evaluation is approximately $250. To the evaluation you will need to bring your tickets, the alcohol influence report, prescriptions for any medications you are currently taking, and your driving abstract you must obtain from the Illinois Secretary of State. If you fail to bring any of these items you may be sent home and have to reschedule the evaluation.
Below are the instructions for registering for an alcohol evaluation in Cook, Will, and DuPage Counties:
Cook County: Call Central Intake at 312-948-6001 to schedule an evaluation Downtown or in one of the suburban branch courthouses.
Will County: An evaluation may be scheduled at either of the two hospital listed below.
Provena/Saint Joseph Medical Center
333 North Madison
Joliet, Illinois, 60435
Silver Cross Hospital
1200 Maple Road
Joliet, Illinois, 60432
DuPage County: Call the D.U.I. Evaluation Unit at 630-407-8384 to schedule an evaluation at the DuPage County Judicial Center, 503 North County Farm Road, Room 135, Wheaton, Illinois, 60187.