Driving Under the Influence in West Virginia
When it comes to driving under the influence (DUI), West Virginia laws operate until a three-offense policy. Your first offense will warrant up to six months in jail, a fine of $100 to $1,000, and a license suspension of anywhere from 15 to 45 days. A second offense required anywhere from six months to 12 months of jail time, $1,000 to $3,000 to $5,000 in fines, and a license suspension for one year. After that, a third offense will warrant another year of jail time, $3,000 to $5,000 in fines, and another year of a suspended license. The look back or washout period is the length of time deemed relevant for consecutive sentencing, which is 10 years in the state of West Virginia. An IID, or Ignition Interlock Device may also be required for your first offense, and is required for offenses two and three.
Determining Blood Alcohol Level and DUI Consequences
Quantifying drunkenness in West Virginia is possible using your blood alcohol level records at the time of the offense. If you are under 21 years of age and your blood alcohol level is .02% or higher, you may be charged with not only a DUI, but an underage consumption of alcohol charge. For drivers 21 and older, the legal blood alcohol limit is .08%, and for commercial drivers, it is .04%. If you refuse to take a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol level, you are violating the implied consent law of West Virginia and may have your license revoked, among other consequences.
Dedicated and Knowledgeable DUI Attorney
With a dedicated and knowledgeable attorney, it is possible to combat these charges and possibly have them dismissed from court in certain circumstances. As for most average citizens, your rights can be confusing or hard to understand in a DUI case. With the help of an experienced DUI or DWI lawyer such as Mr. Hayden, you can rest assured that your rights will remain in tact and the evidence will be examined thoroughly to ensure a fair ruling. To ensure your rights and options, contact our friendly staff in Beckley, WV, today!
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