West Virginia DUI Record Search

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In West Virginia, it is illegal for a person to drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI). Whether or not a driver gets charged with a DUI is based primarily on their blood alcohol content (BAC). .08 is the legal BAC limit, so a driver who tests above that will automatically get charged with a DUI. If their BAC is below .08, but there is evidence that they cannot operate the vehicle safely, they will still get a DUI. Another way to get a DUI in West Virginia is to refuse the BAC test when pulled over. If a drivers BAC is .15 or above, then they will be charged with an aggravated DUI, and the penalties will be increased. The state also has a zero tolerance policy and a BAC limit of .02 for drivers under the age of 21.

A drivers first DUI conviction in West Virginia carries a jail term of up to 6 months and a fine of $100 to $500. Their license will also be suspended for 15 days. With a first offense aggravated DUI, the jail term increases to a minimum of 2 days to a possible 6 months. The fine ranges from $100 to $1,000, and the drivers license will be suspended for 45 days. If there is a minor under the age of 16 in the car, the jail term can last up to 1 year, and the minimum fine is increased to $200.

DUI / DWI facts and statistics in West Virginia

  • In 2017, 7 out of the 72 driving fatalities due to DUI / DWI were driven by drivers under the age of 21
  • In the same year, 16 out of the 4,282 offenders caught for DUI / DWI were under the age of 18
  • In 2018, 7 out of the 57 driving fatalities due to DUI / DWI were driven by drivers under the age of 21
  • In the same year, 6 out of the 3,141 offenders caught for DUI / DWI were under the age of 18

source: responsibility.org, fbi.gov

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