After the shock and awe of a West Virginia DUI conviction begins to wane, it is pretty common to be left with overwhelming feelings of “what’s next?” once the judge hands down a court order. But, before you even get into court, you can “jump start” the process and maybe score some points with the court by entering into West Virginia’s Motor Vehicle Alcohol Test and Lock Program as soon as possible. When you take control of your future after a DUI, you get to show your commitment to sober driving by installing a car breathalyzer well before it becomes a matter of court record.
West Virginia has an “administrative license revocation” policy that allows the DMV to suspend or revoke your license when you have been charged with a DUI. You can fight this suspension/revocation with a DMV hearing, at that point, or you can go ahead and enroll in the Motor Vehicle Alcohol Test and Lock Program, install a car breathalyzer or ignition interlock device, and get moving on your post-DUI recovery. Since you have a chance to “bit the bullet,” and get your life back in line, a car breathalyzer seems like a reasonable option… and since you will probably want a car breathalyzer instead of riding out your court-ordered license suspension, it makes sense to take that leap.
Just to clarify, your car breathalyzer may not be required by the court, but, the DMV will not let you drive after a DUI in West Virginia without the device. Your acceptance into the Motor Vehicle Alcohol Test and Lock Program is the best step you can take in your post-DUI recovery, in everyone’s eyes. Plus, you get to skip your DMV administrative hearing, per West Virginia law.
Jump starting your life after a DUI in West Virginia can be as simple as installing a car breathalyzer to ensure you are sober when driving. It shows you understand the mistake you made and your commitment to never driving under the influence of alcohol in the future.