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Blog Posts in December, 2014

  • You may avoid DUI license suspension with quick action

    Like most other American locations, those charged with DUI in Berkeley and Jefferson counties run the risk of losing their driving privileges. However, it is important to remember that there are options at your disposal if you are facing such consequences. Despite any confidence you may have that you are not driving drunk, refusing a breath test during a DUI stop is not a good idea. In fact, it is ...
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  • DUI charges are not foolproof

    When someone in West Virginia is accused of DUI, it can have far-reaching consequences. In addition to the consequences of the justice system's sentencing and penalties, the individual may have to face much more significant concerns, such as reputation and future lifestyle changes. This may be the case in a recent DUI arrest where the spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Transportation ...
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  • West Virginians at higher risk for DUI stops this month

    No matter where you live in West Virginia, chances are good that you’ve seen more law enforcement officers out on the state’s roads and highways recently. You might have also noticed an increase in the number of DUI checkpoints. This increased enforcement period occurs multiple times of year around holidays associated with higher rates of drunk driving. And with Christmas and New Year’s ...
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  • Reasonable suspicion & probable cause: What's the difference?

    In our post last week, we discussed the types of circumstances under which police can initiate a traffic stop. In order for the stop to be considered valid, the officer must have a “reasonable suspicion” that criminal activity may have taken place, often drunk driving . Most Americans outside the criminal justice system are familiar with the term “probable cause.” While reasonable ...
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  • DUI traffic stops and what constitutes 'reasonable suspicion'

    There are certain parts of Jefferson and Berkeley Counties that are hot spots for drunk-driving arrests. In Jefferson County, for instance, it is common for drivers to get pulled over after leaving the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The reasons for extra police presence are obvious. If a given area is known for high rates of drunk driving, law enforcement agencies will focus resources ...
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