Operating While Intoxicated Assessments

Operating While Intoxicated
The Ozaukee County Department of Human Services - Counseling Center is the designated assessment facility for individuals who have been convicted of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) violations who reside in Ozaukee County.

Assessment
An assessment is a mandated procedure used to evaluate an individuals' alcohol and/or other drug use habits. All OWI assessments result in the development of a Driver Safety Plan. Your individual plan will be determined per the assessment findings. Assessments are mandated for every person who is convicted of operating while intoxicated. The law requires that an assessment be completed within 14 days of a court order, or 45 days of a Department of Transportation (DOT) order.

Driver Safety Plans
A Driver Safety Plan is also mandated for all persons convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Individual driver safety plan's will vary, and based on the assessment findings will result in a referral to either an education program or a treatment program. In addition, an individual may also be required to attend a Victim Impact Presentation.

Scheduling an Assessment
Assessments are typically preformed in your country of residence. Contact the Ozaukee County Department of Human Services - Counseling Center within 72 hours of the OWI conviction, or immediately upon receipt of an order from the DOT to schedule an assessment. Assessments may be scheduled by phone or in person, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We will ask you to provide information that can be found on your citation, your court order, or DOT order, and may ask you to provide copies at the time of your assessment. We will also need your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) results and/or your Blood Alcohol Level (BAL) results. Assessments involve a personal interview conducted by a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor who is also specifically trained in the OWI Assessment process.

The assessment usually lasts between 1 1/2 to 2 hours, so please plan accordingly. In some cases, the assessor will also need to speak with your partner, parent, friend, or employer to further understand your unique situation. You are expected to abstain from any use of alcohol or any other non-prescribed drugs for 24 hours preceding the scheduled assessment. If you are under 18 years of age, a parent / guardian must be present at the time of the assessment.

Voluntary Assessments
The law allows for an individual to obtain an assessment prior to a conviction. However, if after having completed an assessment and stated a driver safety plan, you are not convicted, you will still be required to complete the driver safety plan to remain in compliance with the DOT. Failure to complete a driver safety plan even if you are not convicted of operating while intoxicated could result in you losing your driver's license.

Confidentiality
While OWI arrests and convictions are public record, all information obtained through the assessment process is strictly confidential. However, assessment findings and a copy of your driver safety plan are submitted to the DOT and your driver safety plan provider.

OWI Assessment Fee
The fee is $255 and must be paid at the time of your appointment. Credit cards are accepted. Failure to pay the fee at the time of your appointment will result in the cancellation of your appointment. The assessment fee would then need to be paid before you can reschedule.

If you cancel your assessment appointment at least 24 hours in advance, you may reschedule one time at no additional cost. If you cancel your appointment again, you will need to pay the assessment fee before you are able to reschedule.
If you do not show up for your appointment and do not call to cancel you will be responsible for an additional $125 no show fee.

Additional Service Fees
  • Reassessment - $125
  • Amended Assessment - $75
  • Transfer / Reinstatement - $75
Costs Related to the Driver Safety Plan
  • Educational programs - Provided by the state technical colleges. Fees for these programs are determined by the colleges.
  • Treatment programs - Costs are impacted by individual insurance coverage and the intensity of the treatment program. 
  • Victim Impact Presentation (VIP) - If your Driver Safety Plan includes going to a VIP, there will be a $10 charge due at the time of the presentation. You will not be allowed to attend VIP without paying the fee.
Failure to Comply
A failure to comply with either the assessment or the Driver Safety Plan results in a noncompliance status with the DOT. This means you would not be able to regain your driving privileges.

A noncompliance report will be filed with the DOT if:
  • You do not satisfactorily complete your Driver Safety Plan (which may include VIP attendance)
  • You do not satisfactorily participate in your Driver Safety Plan
  • You fail to pay your education or treatment costs
  • Your assessment is not performed within 14 days of conviction