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H. B. 2245


(By Delegates Perry, Stemple and Crosier)
[Introduced February 11, 2005; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]




A BILL to amend and reenact §17B-4-3 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to criminal penalties for driving while license is suspended or revoked.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §17B-4-3 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 4. VIOLATION OF LICENSE PROVISIONS.

§17B-4-3. Driving while license suspended or revoked; driving while license revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or drugs, or while having alcoholic concentration in the blood of eight hundredths of one percent or more, by weight, or for refusing to take secondary chemical test of blood alcohol contents.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) or (d) of this section, any person who drives a motor vehicle on any public highway of this State at a time when his or her privilege to do so has been lawfully suspended or revoked by this State or any other jurisdiction is, for the first offense, guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in jail for a period of twenty-four hours or fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or the amount of bond required to be posted, or both fined and confined; for the second offense, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in a county or regional jail for a period of ten days forty-eight hours and, in addition to the mandatory jail sentence, shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars; for the third or any subsequent offense, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in a county or regional jail for six months ninety days and, in addition to the mandatory jail sentence, shall be fined not less than one hundred fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars.
(b) Any person who drives a motor vehicle on any public highway of this State at a time when his or her privilege to do so has been lawfully revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or other drugs, or for driving while having an alcoholic concentration in his or her blood of eight hundredths of one percent or more, by weight, or for refusing to take a secondary chemical test of blood alcohol content, is, for the first offense, guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in a county or regional jail for six months and in addition to the mandatory jail sentence, shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars; for the second offense, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in a county or regional jail for a period of one year and, in addition to the mandatory jail sentence, shall be fined not less than one thousand dollars nor more than three thousand dollars; for the third or any subsequent offense, the person is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than three years and, in addition to the mandatory prison sentence, shall be fined not less than three thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars.
(c) Upon receiving a record of the first or subsequent conviction of any person under subsection (b) of this section upon a charge of driving a vehicle while the license of such person was lawfully suspended or revoked, the division shall extend the period of such the suspension or revocation for an additional period of one year from and after the date such the person would otherwise have been entitled to apply for a new license. Upon receiving a record of the second or subsequent conviction of any person under subsection (a) of this section upon a charge of driving a vehicle while the license of such the person was lawfully suspended or revoked, the division shall extend the period of such the suspension or revocation for an additional period of one year from and after the date such the person would otherwise have been entitled to apply for a new license.
(d) Any person who drives a motor vehicle on any public highway of this State at a time when his or her privilege to do so has been lawfully suspended for driving while under the age of twenty-one years with an alcohol concentration in his or her blood of two hundredths of one percent or more, by weight, but less than eight hundredths of one percent, by weight, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in a county or regional jail for twenty-four hours or shall be fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or both.
(e) An order for home detention by the court pursuant to the provisions of article eleven-b, chapter sixty-two of this code may be used as an alternative sentence to any period of incarceration required by this section.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to alter the criminal penalties for driving while license is suspended or revoked.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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