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Man faces drunk driving charge in West Virginia

One man in West Virginia currently faces several criminal charges following a motor vehicle accident. Police said the man was driving while intoxicated at the time of the accident. The man facing a drunk driving charge and other charges is 35 years old.

Police reported that they found the man operating an ATV near a road after the man had driven the vehicle through a fence. He was given three sobriety tests but reportedly failed them. At that time, he was arrested.

During his arrest, the man is said to have struck a police officer in the face. Police say he continued to resist being arrested while being placed in a police car. Authorities said they also discovered a pipe and marijuana on him. The charges include DUI, obstructing a police officer, committing the battery of a police officer, destroying property and drug possession. He ended up being freed on a bond of $15,000 following his arrest.

Being convicted of DUI can result in a life-altering and costly penalty. For instance, a person who is convicted for the first time in West Virginia may spend six months behind bars and have to pay a fine of $5,000. The criminal defense may question the accuracy of any field sobriety tests performed at the scene of a defendant's arrest and otherwise protect his or her interests with regard to any drunk driving allegations filed. Defense counsel will strive for the best outcome for the client, whether that be through a negotiated plea agreement acceptable to the client or by fighting the formal accusations at trial.

Source: thedpost.com, "Five charges against man after alleged ATV DUI", June 30, 2016

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