Massachusetts defendants required to undergo extended treatment may be able to access it from a Massachusetts-certified drug and alcohol counselor with appropriate approval.
Those convicted of subsequent DUI or aggravated DUI proceed directly to full evaluations, which must be scheduled and completed within specified time frames. The requirements of treatment will then be determined.
Mendes has little sympathy for anyone, including defense attorneys, protesting the complexity of the new provisions or costs involved. But he offers this advice.
“Those people who complain they can’t get to the approved providers, and that the treatment requirements are expensive, can alleviate their problems by just not driving under the influence in New Hampshire,” Mendes said. “This is a matter of public safety.”