As in most other states, motorists convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in West Virginia may be required to serve of to six months of jail time even for their first offense, although that is not common. You will most definitely lose your driving privileges for a given period of time, usually six months, but that can be reduced to 90 days upon completion of a DUI diversion program. Under this program, your license will be suspended for just 15 days and you will be required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on your vehicle for 165 days in order to legally drive.
The laws are much tougher for those convicted of driving with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15 percent or higher, with a minimum required jail sentence of 48 hours (and up to six months) and a fine of up to $1,000. If you are convicted of a DUI that results in someone's death, however, you may be looking at upwards of 10 years in prison if it charged as a felony.
As you can see, it's important to understand these laws and the potential penalties for breaking them. Additional details about West Virginia's DUI laws follow.
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If you've been arrested and charged with a DUI in West Virginia, understanding your rights and legal options can be difficult. The stakes are usually quite high, and some DUI charges carry jail sentences and other serious penalties. An experienced attorney can sometimes get your charges reduced or even challenge the validity of the evidence against you. Contact a DUI attorney in West Virginia today and get some peace of mind.