West Virginia driver’s licenses may be suspended for a variety of reasons. If you drive while your license is suspended or revoked, you may be charged with a crime.
Your license may be suspended or revoked for certain driving offenses, criminal convictions, or other reasons.
Your license may be suspended if you:
Your license may be revoked for certain convictions, including:
Your license may be suspended or revoked for many other reasons. For example, it may be suspended or revoked if:
The length of time alicense may be suspended or revoked varies. After your suspension or revocation expires, you may be required to pay a $50 reinstatement fee. (W. Va. Code § 17B-3-9.) Other fees and conditions may apply.
If you drive while your license is suspended or revoked, you could be charged with a misdemeanor. In many circumstances, your sentence may involve:
If your license was revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or refusing to take a test to determine whether you are intoxicated, your sentence may involve:
A third or subsequent offense under these circumstances may be a felony. Your maximum sentence may involve between a fine between $3,000 and $5,000 and between one year and three years in prison. (W. Va. Code § 17B-4-3(b).)
If you drive while your license is suspended or revoked and you have a blood alcohol concentration between .02 and .08, your sentence may involve a fine between $50 and $500 and 24 hours in jail. (W. Va. Code § 17B-4-3(d).)
Your license may be suspended or revoked for an additional period of time in certain circumstances. (W. Va. Code § 17B-4-3(c).)
Driving on a suspended or revoked license may result in fines, or in some cases jail or prison time. A conviction can have serious effects on your life, including difficulty getting to work or school, difficulty with vehicle insurance, and difficulty with other areas of your life. While penalties for a conviction are specified by law, your sentence will be shaped by the view that your community, judges and prosecutors have of the crime. Only a lawyer who is familiar with these charges in your area can provide you with this information.