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Blog Posts in June, 2015

  • 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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  • Martinsburg police arrest driver for his third DUI offense

    A man from a neighboring state was recently arraigned in the Berkeley County Magistrate Court. This followed his arrest on the previous evening when he was stopped by Martinsburg police. According to court documents, the man was charged with a third DUI offense. Furthermore, the arraignment included a count of driving with a revoked license due to a prior drunk driving incident. The legal ...
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  • Court says: DUI suspect didn't know he could refuse testing

    Under "implied consent" laws in West Virginia and most other states, suspects involved in a traffic stop are expected to submit to a breathalyzer test if asked to do so by a law enforcement officer. Most people realize that they have the right to refuse the test , but it will likely result in an automatic, one-year suspension of their driver's license. But what if you didn't know you had the right ...
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  • Sophisticated ignition interlock device plan announced by NHTSA

    We have previously written about the increased use of ignition interlock devices here in West Virginia and around the country. All 50 states have some form of IID program for motorists convicted of driving under the influence . And 25 states require the installation of an ignition interlock device even for first-time offenders. As these devices become more sophisticated and less expensive, some ...
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