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  • What Happens if I Get Caught Driving with a Suspended License after a DUI?

    If you get convicted of a DUI in West Virginia, not only will you receive jail time and fines, but you driver’s license will be suspended for months, even years. Not having the means to drive can make it difficult to get to work, attend scheduled classes, and conduct daily activities. Unfortunately, there are individuals out there who run the risk of being caught driving with a suspended license ...
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  • 5 Tips for Avoiding a DUI Arrest this Labor Day Weekend

    As summer comes to a close, people from all over the United States are getting ready to celebrate the end of the season by having some Labor Day fun. However, especially during these holiday weekends, the likelihood of getting arrested for a DUI significantly increases. So when you start planning out your weekend, here are some helpful tips to consider: Drink in moderation. If you are planning to ...
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  • Woman indicted on felony drunk driving charges in West Virginia

    An out-of-state woman was recently indicted for her alleged involvement in a fatal crash that occurred in West Virginia back in 2015. She is accused of felony drunk driving and various other criminal offenses. At this time, it is unknown whether any further court dates have been scheduled in this case. According to a local report, a 33-year-old woman was indicted by a grand jury in Berkeley County ...
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  • How can an attorney help with a first DUI offense?

    Believe it or not, a first DUI offense can carry some stiff penalties in West Virginia. If you are charged with DUI, you could face jail time and license suspension -- among other things -- depending on the facts of your case. Seeking legal assistance when charged with impaired driving for the first time may help you resolve the situation quickly and result in the best possible outcome. Being ...
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  • Commericial driver driving drunk can expect a suspended license

    Many good men and women in the state of West Virginia are commercial drivers. This can be a great job, offering financial freedom to those who are willing to work the difficult hours and maintain strict schedules. Unfortunately, these drivers sometimes find themselves accused of driving while drunk or otherwise impaired. When this happens, a commercial driver has a lot on the line -- such as his ...
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  • How does a Breathalyzer test determine one's blood alcohol level?

    A law enforcement officer may utilize different tests and pieces of equipment when trying to determine if a driver is impaired. One piece of equipment often used is a Breathalyzer. Many people in West Virginia may have heard of this device but are probably unaware of how it works. So, how does a Breathalyzer test determine one's blood alcohol level? The Breathalyzer machine is just one of many ...
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  • Stopped for suspected DUI, here is what to expect

    West Virginia police are constantly patrolling for suspected impaired drivers. When one is pulled over for this purpose, he or she may not know what to expect. What happens during a DUI traffic stop? When a traffic stop is initiated due to suspected DUI, police are looking for a number of things, including how the driver's eyes react to light and other stimuli. Drivers can expect to be asked ...
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  • What are the penalties for a third DUI?

    Depending on the number of DUI offenses on one's record, the penalties associated with driving while impaired in West Virginia can vary. For instance, anyone accused of a third DUI may face felony charges. The penalties for such an offense can have a dramatic effect on one's life. Those who have been accused of third or subsequent DUIs will likely benefit from the assistance of experienced ...
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  • Can I fight a DUI conviction?

    Those in West Virginia who have been convicted on impaired driving charges may feel that they have little, if any, recourse. However, it is possible to continue fighting even after a DUI conviction. In order to do this, one must utilize the appeals process. Appealing a criminal conviction is not a simple process, but that does not mean it is something that should be overlooked. Under the right ...
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  • Can a medical issue cause a high Breathalyzer test readout?

    There are those in West Virginia and elsewhere who have been pulled over for suspected DUI but have not had anything or enough to drink to warrant charges. For reasons they may not understand, their Breathalyzer test readouts show high levels of alcohol in their systems. Could the tests be wrong, or could something else be the problem? For some individuals, medical issues can cause high ...
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  • Prison sentence ordered after drunk driving accident conviction

    A West Virginia woman was recently convicted and sentenced for her role in a hit-and-run accident. The drunk driving incident is said to be responsible for the death of a pedestrian. Even though this woman has no prior criminal record, the state's laws regarding hit-and-run crashes are quite strict. According to a recent report, a 24-year-old woman was sentenced to serve one to five years in ...
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  • Felony charges may follow a drunk driving accident

    When an accident results in injury or fatality, investigators will look into every possible reason as to why the crash occurred. As drunk driving accidents are fairly common in West Virginia, authorities are likely to first consider if impairment played a role in a serious motor vehicle incident. If a driver who is believed responsible for a crash with injuries or fatalities is found to have been ...
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  • DUI checkpoints, the good and the bad

    Residents of West Virginia may be familiar with DUI checkpoints. They often pop up around major holidays. This time of year there may be more DUI checkpoints than usual, as holiday parties are carried on throughout the month. What few people may realize is that law enforcement agencies are permitted to set up these checkpoints on a weekly basis. DUI checkpoints do serve a valuable purpose. Law ...
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  • Blood-alcohol concentration matters in DUI cases

    Across the country every state has adopted what are known as per se laws, which are used to establish whether a person is deemed legally intoxicated. In West Virginia, if a person is found with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher, he or she will be charged with DUI. This means that no other signs of impairment are really needed in order for police officers to make a DUI arrest. ...
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  • Suspended license will follow a DUI charge

    Those in West Virginia who are accused of driving under the influence can expect that their driving privileges will be affected. In accordance with state laws, a DUI charge will result in a suspended license . The length of the suspension will depend on various factors. While it is possible to lose one's license for a number of infractions, such as driving without insurance or committing numerous ...
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