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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • West Virginia man facing DUI and other charges after accident

    Police in West Virginia have recently arrested the individual that they believe is responsible for hitting several pedestrians with his motor vehicle. The accused, a 43-year-old male, is facing several charges for the incident including DUI and hit-and-run resulting in injury. If convicted, he could face a number of severe consequences. According to a recent report, a Martinsburg man allegedly hit ...
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  • West Virginia DUI: Pulled over, now what?

    West Virginia residents may not feel that they have any rights when pulled over by police officers. Thankfully, this is not true. Everyone has rights during such situations. Unfortunately, during times of stress, such as during traffic stops, it is easy for drivers to lose their cool, which can lead to a whole lot of trouble. This is most certainly true for those who are suspected of DUI. Driving ...
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  • Man in police custody after multi-state car chase

    A young man was recently taken into custody after a multi-state car chase. According to police , this individual is accused of leading police on a chase through three states -- starting in West Virginia. The charges against him include DUI, receiving stolen property and a variety of others. The accused, an 18-year-old male from Martinsburg, allegedly stole a vehicle and led police on a chase ...
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  • Remove that DUI from your record with an expungement

    When you are arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you are subject to a host of severe consequence. As we talked about recently, these consequences can be life-changing , and the person with the DUI needs to fight for his or her rights during the case to minimize the potential damage of the charges. Once the DUI is on your record, though, how do you get rid of ...
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  • Law enforcement officials do not take drunk driving lightly

    Driving while impaired is a behavior that is concerning, not only locally, but across West Virginia and the country. Drunk driving is believed to be the cause of numerous accidents and deaths every year. Because of this, law enforcement officials do not take this issue lightly. In fact, hundreds of people have been arrested in both Berkeley and Jefferson counties alone in the past year, as ...
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  • Woman pleads no contest in West Virginia hit and run DUI case

    As most West Virginia residents know, the criminal consequences for driving while impaired can be pretty significant. These may include license suspension, fines and jail time -- among various others. For those who are charged with a a DUI resulting in death, however, the penalties can very quickly become far more severe. Recently, a 24-year-old woman pleaded no contest in a Berkeley County court ...
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  • Drunk driving can have a number of severe consequences

    Impaired driving is considered a significant public safety issue in West Virginia and elsewhere. This is a problem that law enforcement officials take very seriously, causing them to be more vigilant in identifying drivers who may be showing signs of intoxication. Why is drunk driving or even buzzed driving a concern? What are the potential consequences of a DUI conviction? Having moderate to high ...
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  • Man in West Virginia facing multiple DUI and other charges

    Police in West Virginia recently arrested a man they say was intoxicated and passed out behind the wheel of his car. This individual is facing multiple DUI-related charges and other accusations with regard to the incident. He was also charged for shoplifting, which was unrelated to this particular matter. On Aug. 10 in Martinsburg, police claim to have found a 28-year-old male passed out in his ...
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  • Completion of certain programs required after a DUI charge

    There are a lot of things West Virginia residents may or may not know about what happens after being charged with impaired driving. A DUI charge, whether for drunk or otherwise intoxicated driving, carries many penalties. One of these is the required completion of a combined safety and treatment program. In West Virginia, after a person has a DUI conviction placed on his or her record, that ...
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  • DUI charges issued twice against same person in West Virginia

    Multiple incidents occurred in Putnam County that resulted in the same man being charged for driving under the influence of alcohol two times within a few hours. The West Virginia DUI charges were filed against the 35-year-old man by deputies who also claim that he fled the scene of an accident. There were other charges reported in connection to the case as well. On a recent Monday evening, a ...
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  • DUI charges filed after incident at West Virginia Capitol

    A recent incident occurred at the West Virginia State Capitol that resulted in a woman's arrest. She now faces DUI charges after having been accused of causing damage to the Capitol grounds. The 53-year-old was arrested late on a Sunday night. Police officers claim that the woman was driving her vehicle around the grounds of the State Capitol. They said that they had received a call about the ...
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  • West Virginia laws are not lenient on those convicted of DUI

    The results of a study regarding how strict different states are on those accused of driving under the influence has recently been released. According to the study, it would appear that those who have been accused of DUI in West Virginia can expect to be punished to the full extent of the law if prosecuting attorneys are, ultimately, able to achieve convictions. Simply put, accusations of impaired ...
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  • Personal breathalyzer devices: How accurate are they?

    Technology that was once used only by police officers is becoming cheap enough and accessible enough to be purchased by average citizens. A good example is the breath-alcohol test, commonly known as the breathalyzer. These devices used to cost thousands of dollars, and many high-end models still do. But we have previously written that consumers can now buy fairly accurate devices for between about ...
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  • Procedural error results in dismissal of four DUI cases

    We have previously written that when it comes to drunk driving charges, the details matter. Specifically, the defendant may be helped by any detail of the traffic stop in which the officer violated his civil rights or otherwise deviated from required protocol. While it didn't occur here in West Virginia, a judge's recent ruling demonstrates just how important protocol is in a DUI case. In one ...
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  • Prom & graduation bring risks of underage drinking & DUI

    Now that May is here, high school students across West Virginia will be excitedly preparing for two major events: Prom and graduation. Both events give teenagers the chance to feel more like adults while enjoying the relative freedom of youth. Unfortunately, prom and graduation can also come with some risks - both physical and legal. One of those risks is drunk driving , which seems to spike ...
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  • Raising alcohol taxes probably not the answer to drunk driving

    Last week, we discussed the idea that ignition interlock devices could someday be a standard feature in all new automobiles in the United States. Advocates for the change argue that it could all but eliminate drunk driving, but there are still quite a few legal, cultural and ethical hurdles to get over before this proposal could be seriously considered. Another proposed strategy to reduce drunk ...
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  • The future of ignition interlock devices: One in every car?

    If you get convicted of a DUI in West Virginia, there's a good chance that you'll be using an ignition interlock device - at least for a while. States across the U.S. are increasingly using ignition interlock devices as punishment and as a way to prevent repeat offenses. There are two significant drawbacks that most people using IIDs have noticed. The first is the expense, which often includes ...
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  • Understanding 'aggravated DUI' in West Virginia

    West Virginia's laws against drunk driving are tough, and the penalties for those convicted of DUI are even tougher. Even under the most favorable circumstances, defendants face the possibility of fines, jail time, license suspension and other penalties. That being said, there are times when drivers are sentenced even more harshly due to details of their alleged offense known as "aggravating ...
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  • West Virginia Supreme Court delivers ruling in DUI-related case

    We often write about the consequences of a drunk driving conviction, as well as the threat of license suspension. In both cases, it is assumed that the person facing these consequences was the person driving the vehicle when it was pulled over. How could it be otherwise? Well, West Virginia has a law that makes it a crime to allow someone else to drive your car if you know or suspect that that ...
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  • Challenging breathalyzer test results: Two common strategies

    In the majority of drunk driving criminal cases, the most compelling pieces of evidence are test results showing the defendant's blood-alcohol concentration at the time of arrest. Blood tests tend to produce the most accurate results, but they are obviously impractical to conduct out on the road. Therefore, police departments in West Virginia and across the country rely on breath testing devices, ...
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  • Revisiting the issue of whether police may blood draw without a warrant

    Those who know even a little bit about DUI defense know that search and seizure issues are "all the rage" among criminal defense attorneys. Jokes aside, though, search and seizure issues are quite important for DUI defendants to explore with the help of their attorney. One of the basic reasons for this is that prosecutors should not be allowed to benefit from illegal police investigations. One of ...
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