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Changes To The West Virginia DUI Law

Effective July 1, 2020, The West Virginia Legislature enacted Senate Bill 130 which drastically altered the laws  governing DUI in West Virginia. The most significant change to the laws governing DUI in West Virginia was the elimination of the Office of Administrative Hearings. Drivers in West Virginia charged with DUI will no longer receive an Order of Revocation following their arrest from the West Virginia DMV. Instead, drivers can expect to receive a hearing notice from the local municipal or magistrate court shortly after their arrest. The West Virginia DMV will no longer take action against an individual’s driver’s license unless the driver enters a plea of “guilty” or “no contest” or is found guilty by a judge or jury. If you have been charged with a DUI in West Virginia, it is critical that you contact a criminal defense attorney familiar with the new legislation regarding driving under the influence in West Virginia. The legal team at Zerbe & Pence is ready to answer your questions and take the steps necessary to win your case!