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Introduced Version House Bill 4389 History

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H. B. 4389

(By Delegates Webster, Stemple, Hrutkay, Fleischauer, Lane, Long, Shook, Longstreth, Miley and Ellem)



[Introduced February 4, 2008; referred to the

Committee on Roads and Transportation then the Judiciary.]


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A BILL to amend and reenact § 17C-19-3, of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to removing requirement that resident violators of traffic laws be required to sign citations.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That § 17C-19-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:

ARTICLE 19. PARTIES, PROCEDURE UPON ARREST AND REPORTS IN CRIMINAL COURTS.

§ 17C-19-3. When person arrested must be taken immediately before a magistrate or court.

(a) Whenever any person is arrested for any violation of this chapter punishable as a misdemeanor, the arrested person shall be immediately taken before a magistrate or court within the county in which the offense charged is alleged to have been committed and who
has jurisdiction of the offense and is nearest or most accessible with reference to the place where the arrest is made, in any of the following cases:
(1) When a person arrested demands an immediate appearance before a magistrate or court;

(2) When the person is arrested upon a charge of negligent homicide;

(3) When the person is arrested upon a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol, or under the influence of any controlled substance, or under the influence of any other drug, or under the combined influence of alcohol and any controlled substance or any other drug;

(4) When the person is arrested upon a charge of failure to stop in the event of an accident causing death, personal injury or damage to property;

(5) When the person is arrested upon a charge of violating section fourteen, article seventeen of this chapter relating to weight violations, except as otherwise provided in that section;

(6) When the person arrested is a resident of a state that has not entered into a nonresident violator compact with this State;

(7) In any other event when the person arrested refuses to give his written accept the summons as his promise to appear in court or comply with the terms of the summons as provided in section four of this article.

(b) When the person arrested is a resident of a state that has entered into a nonresident violator compact with this State, the arresting officer shall issue the person a written notice as provided for in section four of this article and may not take the person immediately before a magistrate or court, except under the terms of the compact or under the circumstances set forth in subsection (a) of this section.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to remove the requirement that resident violators of traffic laws be required to sign citations.

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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