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 driving are not taken lightly in court. However, that being said, it does not mean those facing such allegations are in hopeless positions.
Even though DUI-related offenses are taken seriously everywhere, every state has the ability to set its own laws and punishments regarding this issue. According to a recent report, the state of West Virginia is considered to be the fourth strictest state on impaired drivers. Arizona is said to be at the top of the list, while nearby Kentucky is reported to be closer to the bottom.
First time offenders, those who are not accused of felony DUI, potentially face time in jail, fines and license suspension. For second time offenders, the standard minimum jail sentence is one of the longest in the country at 180 days. Those accused of felony DUI -- if convicted -- face the possibility of a lengthy prison term and hefty fines.
Even though West Virginia, as a whole, is not lenient when it comes to impaired drivers, it does not mean that those accused of DUI have no recourse. Legal assistance is available and can help ensure that the rights of the accused are protected throughout his or her criminal proceedings. There are a variety of defense options that may prove beneficial in fighting the charges at hand and in seeking the best possible outcome.