People who are convicted of drunk driving can face some life-altering consequences. West Virginia sets a legal limit of .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for drivers who have a personal driver’s license and who are at least 21 years old.
If the person has a BAC of .15% or higher, they can face increased penalties. Enhanced penalties are also possible if a person is involved in an accident that leads to bodily injury or property damage. Understanding how extenuating circumstances impact your case can help as you plan your defense.
One factor that determines the sentence the person is likely to face is how many prior convictions they have. More convictions mean harsher penalties.
The penalties for a BAC up to .15% include:
- First conviction: $100 to $500 fine, up to six months in jail, minimum 15-day driver’s license revocation
- Second conviction: $1,000 to $3,000 fine, up to one year in prison, one-year license revocation
- Third or higher conviction: $3,000 to $5,000 fine, one to three years in prison, one-year license revocation
A person who is facing a drunk driving charge needs to consider the penalties that they’re facing. This can help them determine the direction of their defense. In some cases, participating in an alcohol awareness course might lessen the penalties they face.
On top of the legal consequences they’re facing, these individuals may have to deal with social impacts of the issue. They might not have as much money since they have to pay fines and other costs. Being able to go out with friends might be limited because of the driver’s license impacts.