Defending Your Future After A DUI
A fun night out at the Hollywood Casino, Charles Town Races or one of the great breweries in the region can quickly deteriorate if a police officer pulls you over for drunk driving. In addition to a night in jail, a possible DUI conviction immediately threatens your driver’s license and your reputation.
At Arnold & Bailey, our lawyers collaborate on your case to provide you with a strong and comprehensive criminal defense. Our lead criminal defense attorney, Andrew Arnold, brings more than 20 years of legal experience in defense of our clients.
We will help you assert your rights, fight to keep your driver’s license and minimize the legal and professional consequences of an arrest. Our broad experience enables us to effectively advocate for you both inside and outside the courtroom.
Understanding West Virginia’s DUI Laws
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in West Virginia if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 or above. Additionally, state law says that if you are a driver of a vehicle, you automatically consent to a chemical test if a police officer pulls you over.
The penalties for a DUI conviction depend on whether it is the first, second or third offense:
- First-time DUI offense: A first-time offense with less than .15 BAC can carry up to six months of jail time. There will also be a fine ranging from $100 to $500. For DUI offenses with a BAC exceeding .15, fines range from $200 to $1,000 as well as a two-day to a six-month jail sentence.
- Second DUI offense: A second DUI conviction carries a minimum six-month jail sentence that could last for as long as 12 months. Possible fines range from $1,000 to $3,000 in addition to a one-year license suspension with a mandatory interlock device.
- Third DUI offense: In addition to a 12-month license suspension, the third DUI conviction carries two to five years in jail and $3,000 to $5,000 in fines.
Working To Mitigate The Damages Of A DUI
As a firm dedicated to helping those facing criminal charges, particularly DUI and crimes involving impaired driving, we understand the concerns you are facing. For federal workers or federal contractors, a DUI can compromise careers, clearances and opportunities for advancement. If you commute to work, losing your license can severely limit your ability to get to and from work.
Furthermore, if this is your second or third offense, the penalties can warrant significant jail time or imprisonment in the state penitentiary. Our goal is always to achieve the best possible outcome to your case. We thoughtfully analyze your situation to identify your options and help you make an informed decision going forward.
Let Us Work To Protect Your License
Call 304-930-5721 or reach out by sending an email by completing an online contact form if you are charged with a DUI. We are responsive, professional and ready to help you protect your freedom and driving privileges.