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West Virginia Underage DUI Lawyer

Protecting the Rights of Clients Under 21

If you are under 21 and facing a DUI charge, or if you are looking for a skilled lawyer to represent your son or daughter, West Virginia DUI attorney Harley Wagner is here to help you and your family through this difficult time.

Harley has been helping families with legal trouble for over 22 years and has defended over 2,500 clients against life-changing DUI charges. Mr. Wagner operates his statewide DUI defense law firm, The Wagner Law Firm, out of Martinsburg but he routinely travels all over the state to help people in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Monongalia counties and anywhere else in the state of West Virginia.

Contact The Wagner Law Firm at (304) 461-6000 to request a free initial case evaluation.

Underage DUI Penalties

West Virginia underage DUI lawyer Harley Wagner has a comprehensive understanding of the state’s DUI-under-21 laws and the associated penalties. Many of Harley’s underage DUI clients are students who face possible disciplinary hearings and penalties at school. Regardless of the circumstances, the penalties for drunk driving under 21 are serious.

A first-offense driver under age 21 who submits to a breath, blood, or urine test and has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02% but less than 0.08% may face a hard 30-day driver’s license suspension, which means no temporary restricted driving permit is available. That means you cannot drive at all for a whole month.

Once you can drive again, you must have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle for six months. You must pay for the installation and the monthly monitoring fee. This can cost hundreds of dollars – an interlock is not cheap and is just one more expense on top of court fines and bail money.

An Underage DUI Can Be Removed from Your Permanent Record

West Virginia DUI laws offer a youthful offender with an underage DUI and low BAC level to have the criminal charge dismissed after meeting certain requirements. The young person’s DUI conviction is also expunged (removed) once sentence completion is accomplished. West Virginia has one of the most favorable underage DUI laws in the country, but the penalties are not to be taken lightly.

If you or your loved one under 21 years of age gets pulled over for erratic driving and they “blow” over a 0.08%, the penalties get harsher and can even include jail time. West Virginia underage DUI attorney Harley Wagner can help you make sense of all the varying charges and penalties. He can recommend what to do next.

Seek Guidance from The Wagner Law Firm

DUI law is complicated, even for some newer, more inexperienced lawyers. You do not want to walk into court and defend yourself, plead guilty, or try to get a public defender appointed to you. The stakes are too high for drivers under 21 who can be impacted by a DUI conviction for the rest of their lives.

Higher car insurance rates, getting denied admission to the college of your choice, and diminished job prospects are real punishments. Mr. Wagner has seen good young people make an unfortunate mistake by driving after drinking at a party or football game, get pulled over and arrested, then pay for their mistake for a long time.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Harley can help you beginning right now. Call him at (304) 461-6000 for a free consultation.

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)
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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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