In the state of Tennessee, all convicted DUI offenders are required to complete a state-licensed DUI school program. This program also assesses DUI offenders for drug and alcohol dependency, and may refer the offender to treatment for dependency if deemed necessary.
Tennessee’s intervention and education program uses the Prime for Life curriculum, which is approved by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The Prime for Life curriculum was designed by the Prevention Research Institute to minimize drug and alcohol related incidents and has been recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.
The Prime for Life curriculum focuses on improving students’ attitudes and creating a positive outlook, in an effort to decrease alcohol and drug dependency by using the latest brain-chemistry and addiction research. The curriculum consists of 12 hours of education, and classes are capped at 25 students to ensure quality instruction.
DUI offenders who are found to have a substance abuse or addiction problem may be referred to the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment program, also called ADAT. To be eligible for the ADAT program, offenders must have a current conviction of DUI first offense, DUI second offense or driving on a canceled, suspended or revoked license. The offender also must be directed to treatment by court order, and also be deemed indigent by the court.
The state of Tennessee has approximately 42 contracted ADAT providers across the state, each of which is a state-licensed drug and alcohol abuse treatment facility.
DUI schools are located throughout the state as well. Court officials will be able to direct you to the nearest school in your area.
If you have been charged with DUI in the state of Tennessee, help is available. Knoxville-based attorney Marcos Garza is knowledgeable in DUI law and experienced in the Tennessee court system, and he will fight to ensure that your rights are upheld.
To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call the Garza Law Firm at (888) 680-7554. You have nothing to lose—and everything to gain.
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