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.
The drinking age in West Virginia is 21 and consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 is illegal with no exceptions. Because underage drinkers cause a disproportionate number of alcohol-related auto accidents, the standards are stricter and the penalties may be harsher for those under 21.
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: