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Penalties for First-Offense DUI in WV

Alcohol, car keys and handcuffs - WV DUI law

According to West Virginia drunk driving laws, there is no minumum DUI jail sentence if the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is less than .15%; anything higher will result in a max of 6 months and a min of 48 hours in jail. Fines are up to $500 for a BAC below .15% and up to $1k for BAC above .15%.

Additionally, installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) will be required for a min of 125 days, enrollment in an alcoholic abuse course may be required, and your license will be revoked for up to 45 days. Your license will be revoked for 6 months if an IID isn't installed and 1 year if you refused to submit to a drunk driving test (license will be revoked for only 45 days with the installation of an IID following refusal of a drunk driving test).

If you have been arrested for DUI for the very first time, you are probably wondering how you can make this go away. Your job, your family, your license, and your freedom are all at stake right now. What about just pleading guilty to the charges against you? While some may think this is an easy escape, it isn’t. Pleading guilty means you are going to face lifelong DUI penalties. If you make the choice to fight your first DUI, you have a chance to end up with a much better result.

Let The Wagner Law Firm fight for you. West Virginia DUI attorney Harley Wagner can put 22 years of experience to work for you in pursuit of a favorable resolution. Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone deserves a second chance. Don’t let one DUI impact the rest of your life.

Call The Wagner Law Firm at (304) 461-6000 or complete this online contact form to request a free consultation.

The DMV Will Also Open a Case Against You

In addition to your criminal case, a DUI also triggers a DMV case. That means your license is at risk from the moment you are arrested. How can you save your license? The best idea is to speak with Harley Wagner. He has experience defending DUI cases all over West Virginia.

If this is your first DUI offense, the DMV will take a license suspension action against you. This means that your license may be suspended. If suspended, the amount of suspension time depends on whether it is an aggravated or non-aggravated DUI.

Keep in mind that it may be possible to get your license back sooner. Take the time to talk to The Wagner Law Firm. Harley Wagner can fight to save your driving privileges. If your license is suspended, he will explain to you how you can get your license back quickly if you complete the required safety and treatment program.

Compassionate Advocacy for First-Time DUI Offenders

This may be your first criminal offense ever, and you may be frightened – but there is hope in all of this. Finding the right lawyer is crucial in battling your DUI charge. Harley Wagner can fight to protect your reputation, your job, and your right to drive.

Contact The Wagner Law Firm at (304) 461-6000 to schedule your free case evaluation.

Case Results

With decades of legal experience and over 800 hours of DUI defense training, Harley Wagner knows how to fight DUI charges effectively. Read The Wagner Law Firm's recent case results to learn more about Harley's past successes.
  • Dismissed .08 DUI Causing Death case (Clarksburg, WV)
  • Reduced to Misdemeanor .14 Felony DUI Causing Death Case (Martinsburg, WV)
  • Charge Reduced Aggravated DUI 1st (Morgantown, WV)
  • Dismissed DUI 1st (Martinsburg, WV)
  • Dismissed DUI 1st (Morgantown, WV)
  • Dismissed DUI 1st (Morgantown, WV)
  • Dismissed DUI 1st (Morgantown, WV)
  • Dismissed DUI 1st (St. Mary’s, WV)
  • Dismissed DUI 1st (West Virginia)
  • Not Guilty DUI 1st. (Martinsburg, WV)

Why Trust Harley Wagner?

  • Over 20 Years of Experience
  • More Than 2,500 DUI Cases Handled
  • Performed 800 Hours of DUI Defense Training
  • Award Winning Representation
  • Faculty Member at DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Author of West Virginia's Preeminent DUI Book: West Virginia DUI Defense: The Law and Practice
Looking Forward to Helping You

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