5.10.2010

Taking The "D" Out Of DUI


Open for business indeed. Look for a big bump in fines now that the West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that you don't have to prove a drunk has been driving to charge him or her with DUI.

Wait....what?

Doesn't DUI stand for "Driving Under The Influence"?

Yes, it does...but the West Virginia Supremes say that you don't need proof, just "reasonable grounds to believe" that an intoxicated person found in a motor vehicle was operating it. 

There's no explanation of the dividing line, if any, between "reasonable grounds to believe", "circumstantial evidence" and "wild guess".

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