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    • Can You Refuse a Breath, Blood, or Urine Test During a DUI Stop?

      In a previous blog , we discussed Field Sobriety Tests – which include the walk-and-turn, stand and balance, and Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus – and how they are important tools used by law enforcement ...

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    • 2 men accused of DUI and permitting DUI in Walmart parking lot

      We recently wrote about an incident involving a woman who was charged with a DUI offense even though officers never observed her actually driving the vehicle. She was simply unconscious behind the ...

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    • Can You Refuse a Breath, Blood, or Urine Test During a DUI Stop?

      In a previous blog , we discussed Field Sobriety Tests – which include the walk-and-turn, stand and balance, and Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus – and how they are important tools used by law enforcement ...

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    • How does a Breathalyzer test determine one's blood alcohol level?

      A law enforcement officer may utilize different tests and pieces of equipment when trying to determine if a driver is impaired. One piece of equipment often used is a Breathalyzer. Many people in West ...

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    • What happens during a DUI blood test?

      Blood tests are often utilized by authorities to determine if drivers are impaired. These are considered to be extremely accurate if completed in a timely manner and by a person who is appropriately ...

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    • What Is SB76?

      The controversial legislation for SB76 was signed into law on April 25, 2017. Senate Bill 76 allows individuals convicted of non-violent felonies to return to court after 10 years to possibly have ...

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    • Can your DUI arrest affect your job application process?

      If you have been arrested and/or convicted of drunk driving, you may be wondering what kinds of consequences you might face beyond those imposed by a judge. You may be concerned about your family’s ...

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    • Commericial driver driving drunk can expect a suspended license

      Many good men and women in the state of West Virginia are commercial drivers. This can be a great job, offering financial freedom to those who are willing to work the difficult hours and maintain ...

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    • Suspended license will follow a DUI charge

      Those in West Virginia who are accused of driving under the influence can expect that their driving privileges will be affected. In accordance with state laws, a DUI charge will result in a suspended ...

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    • Does a DUI automatically result in a suspended license?

      There are quite a few consequences associated with having a DUI on one's record. In West Virginia, a suspended license is just one such penalty. License suspensions vary based on a number of factors, ...

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    • Drug-Related DUI: How Law Enforcement, Prosecutors Prove Impairment

      West Virginia and Maryland both make driving under the influence ( DUI ) a crime punishable by serious penalties. This includes not only driving under the influence of alcohol, but also drugs. While ...

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    • When is a DUI a Felony?

      Driving under the influence ( DUI ) is a major priority for law enforcement agencies, including those in West Virginia and Maryland. Today, any DUI arrest – be it a first-time allegation or an arrest ...

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    • Can a DUI Conviction Affect My Right to Own a Firearm?

      When it comes to criminal justice, there is no secret that convictions come with penalties. While many understand the possibility of fines, fees, jail time, driver’s license suspension, and other ...

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    • Are DUI Checkpoints Legal in West Virginia?

      Whether they’re called DUI checkpoints, sobriety roadblocks, or any other similar name, police-orchestrated roadway stops are a common tactic used by law enforcement agencies in many states. ...

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    • When is a DUI a Felony?

      Driving under the influence ( DUI ) is a major priority for law enforcement agencies, including those in West Virginia and Maryland. Today, any DUI arrest – be it a first-time allegation or an arrest ...

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    • Search & Seizure: What Are My Rights?

      Individuals charged with crimes, including driving under the influence ( DUI ), often have some type of contact with a law enforcement officer who stopped and / or investigated them under suspicion of ...

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    • Are DUI Checkpoints Legal in West Virginia?

      Whether they’re called DUI checkpoints, sobriety roadblocks, or any other similar name, police-orchestrated roadway stops are a common tactic used by law enforcement agencies in many states. ...

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    • Stopped for suspected DUI, here is what to expect

      West Virginia police are constantly patrolling for suspected impaired drivers. When one is pulled over for this purpose, he or she may not know what to expect. What happens during a DUI traffic stop? ...

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    • DUI checkpoints, the good and the bad

      Residents of West Virginia may be familiar with DUI checkpoints. They often pop up around major holidays. This time of year there may be more DUI checkpoints than usual, as holiday parties are carried ...

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    • John Mark Sutton Joins the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys

      We are pleased to announce that our attorney, John Mark Sutton, was granted membership into the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys. Attorney Sutton was confirmed by the Association based on ...

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    • Attorney J. Mark Sutton Named to AIDUIA's DUI / DWI 10 Best in West Virginia

      Our team at Sutton & Janelle, PLLC is pleased to announce at Attorney J. Mark Sutton has been recognized among the 2018 10 Best DUI Attorneys in West Virginia for Client Satisfaction by the American ...

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    • Drug-Related DUI: How Law Enforcement, Prosecutors Prove Impairment

      West Virginia and Maryland both make driving under the influence ( DUI ) a crime punishable by serious penalties. This includes not only driving under the influence of alcohol, but also drugs. While ...

      Read More
    • Can You Refuse a Breath, Blood, or Urine Test During a DUI Stop?

      In a previous blog , we discussed Field Sobriety Tests – which include the walk-and-turn, stand and balance, and Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus – and how they are important tools used by law enforcement ...

      Read More
    • 'I honestly believed I wasn't intoxicated' common in DUI cases

      Whether it was at a bar, at a house party or any other even that serves alcohol, the readers of our Martinsburg DUI/DWI law blog have probably heard someone declare that he or she is safe to drive ...

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    • 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 ...

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    • Federal legislators consider DUI Ignition Interlock bill

      The Ignition Interlock Device has been around for quite some time, but it is quickly becoming a standard-issue device in response to drunk-driving convictions. Approximately 24 states have passed laws ...

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    • I know the legal limit is.08 but how do I know my BAC is there?

      Under West Virginia law, individuals with a .08 blood alcohol content are considered to be a drunk driver if they get behind the wheel of a car. Most Martinsburg drivers are probably aware of this ...

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    • Martinsburg man's indictment for third DUI not proof of guilt

      On Wednesday, June 4, the online news source Herald-Mail Media published a list of recent indictments against individuals in the area. On this list was information about a man charged with “one count ...

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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 ...

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    • Berkeley County deputy loses job after DUI-related crash

      The incident occurred on May 1, 2013, when Berkeley County sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of an accident. There, the deputies found that one of the vehicles involved in the collision ...

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    • Last call DUIs target of West Virginia legislation

      West Virginia law currently allows liquor establishments to hold last call until 3 in the morning. According to some lawmakers, this closing time is one hour too late, contributing to more incidents ...

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