Alcohol Drug Information School….What is it?

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Seattle, Bellevue, or any other City in the State of Washington. Then one of the first things you should do is register for the alcohol drug information school class or ADIS class for short. I have covered why this is important before on previous blog posts, but what is it?

The ADIS class is a one day program that lasts at least eight hours. Often times the Victim Impact Panel class is included in the one day program. So it ends up being a full 10 hours. Usually these classes last entire Saturday when they are coupled together. The class and focuses on decision making, as well as psychological, sociological, physiological, and legal consequences of alcohol and/or drug consumption and traffic safety in Washington State.

The mission of the Washington Alcohol and Other Drug Information School (ADIS) is to promote public safety by reducing the number of injuries and fatalities due to driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Individuals attend this course because their use of alcohol and other drugs has put them and others at risk. The course encourages effective decision- making skills and the reduction of recidivism by providing participants with accurate information about alcohol and other drugs and assisting them in making changes to their high-risk substance use behavior

The ADIS covers four main components.

Alcohol and Other Drugs & Their Effects
Use, Abuse & Dependence
Laws & Consequences
Decision-making and My Action Plan

There are many locations in Seattle to complete the class. Most classes range anywhere from $100-$200 depending on the place you go. So remember if you’re facing a DUI arrest in Seattle then make sure you keep this class in back of your mind and get on it as soon as possible.

As a DUI lawyer practicing in Seattle I can’t tell you the number of times a Prosecutor has decided to offer my client a reduced charge simply because they completed their alcohol evaluation, the ADIS and VIP classes early on following their DUI arrest in Seattle. It may seem trivial or a waste of time to get it done when you may not have to. But trust me it will only help your DUI case.

About the author: Matthew Leyba is a DUI lawyer in Bellevue. His practice focuses on representing those charged with DUI and other traffic offenses. He has been rated as a Superb DUI Lawyer by Avvo, and a Rising Star in the field of DUI defense by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor less than 2.5% of all Attorneys receive.