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Blog Posts in April, 2015

  • 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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  • The DUI risks and consequences facing commercial drivers

    For most West Virginians, not being able to drive means not being able to work. This is especially true if you are employed as a commercial driver. Losing your license, even temporarily, could cost you your job and make it impossible to put food on the table. One of the fastest ways to lose your personal and/or your commercial driver's license is to get convicted of driving under the influence. In ...
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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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