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DWI DUI Assesment

When your client presents with problems related to driving while impaired, Minneapolis forensic psychologist, Dr. Alberta uses a multitrait-mulitmethod matrix of assessment. The multitrait-multimethod matrix is sensitive to the fact that many DWI offenders lack insight into the severity of their drinking problems. Furthermore, given the legal and financial consequences related to DWI offenses, your client may be motivated to put oneself in a favorable light and alter responses on standard self-report checklists. Given these realities of the assessment process, Dr. Alberta uses a Biopsychosocial assessment that uses more than one method in order to control for the client’s understandable response style that may result in less than candid answers. He also assesses for more than one trait in order to determine the acuity of the client’s drinking problem. The Biopsychosocial assessment appreciates the differences among alcohol misuse, abuse, or dependence. Once this information is obtained, the court or probation services will have sufficient information to plan a program of deterrence, education, or rehabilitation best suited to your client’s needs.

Level of Risk (CSIA*)

Minimal: No prior convictions; no prior reckless driving invocations reduced from DUI; a BAC of less than .15g/dl at time of arrest; no symptoms of substance abuse or dependence.

Moderate: No prior conviction for DUI; no prior statutory summary suspension; no prior reckless driving conviction reduced from DUI; a BAC of .15 to .19 or a refusal of chemical testing at the time of the current DUI arrest; and no other symptoms of substance abuse or dependence.

Significant: One prior conviction for DUI, one prior statutory summary suspension, or one prior reckless driving conviction reduced from DUI; and/or a BAC of 20g/dl or higher at time of most current arrest for DUI and/or other symptoms of substance abuse.

High: Symptoms of substance dependence, no prior arrest.

High+: two prior convictions for DUI, two prior statutory summary suspensions, or two prior reckless driving convictions reduced from DUI within a ten-year period from the date of the most current (third) arrest.

High++: Symptoms of substance dependence and two prior convictions, or two prior statutory summary suspensions, or two prior reckless driving convictions reduced from DUI within a ten-year period from the date of the most current (third) arrest.

*CSIA = CENTRAL STATES INSTITUTE OF ADDICTION

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