West Virginia not only prohibits drunk driving but also driving while under the influence (DUI) of drugs. The penalties for a drug DUI are generally the same as those for an alcohol-related offense.
This article discusses how West Virginia defines drugged driving and the consequences of a violation.
A West Virginia motorist can be convicted of a drug DUI for driving or being in "actual physical control" of a vehicle while under the influence of any controlled substance, inhalant, or other drug. In other words, you can get a DUI for operating a vehicle while under the influence of any intoxicating substance.
The consequences of a West Virginia drugged driving conviction depend on the circumstances. But generally, a DUI carries the following possible penalties:
Generally, DUI first offenders are eligible to participate in a program that allows them to drive during the suspension period with an ignition interlock device. However, if the offense involved drugs, the offender won't be eligible for the program.
West Virginia DUI law is complex, and the facts of every case are different. If you've been arrested for driving under the influence, talk to an experienced DUI attorney in your area. A qualified DUI lawyer can tell you how the law applies to the facts of your case and help you decide on the best course of action.