In West Virginia, a first-time conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) is generally a misdemeanor. Convicted motorists face a fine, license suspension, and possible jail time. However, the circumstances surrounding the DUI can greatly affect the outcome.
In West Virginia, a second driving under the influence (DUI) conviction carries amplified fines and jail time. However, the circumstances surrounding the DUI can greatly affect the outcome. Read about the possible outcomes and penalties resulting from a second-offense DUI in West Virginia.
Sobriety checkpoints are legal in West Virginia (see 460 S.E.2d 48 (W.Va. 1995). They are constitutional when conducted with in predetermined guidelines.). These checkpoints (also referred to as "mobile checkpoints" or "roadblocks") are police traffic stops that are not tied to any specific or individual suspicions.
West Virginia law prohibits operating a motorboat, jet ski, or other motorized vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A person can be convicted of boating under the influence (BUI) for operating a watercraft while: