DUI Checkpoint Friday night in Boone County

The West Virginia State Police will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Friday, March 29, 2013, from 9:00 pm until 3:00 am in Boon County.  The checkpoint will be located on US 119, south of the Danville/Madison exit.

Should you have any questions regarding the legality of DUI checkpoints in West Virginia, or if you or someone you know have been arrested at a DUI checkpoint in WV, make the CLEAR choice and contact Jason Glass of the Glass Defense Firm, (304) 933-9883.

Governor Tomblin Pushing for More Testing On DUI’s Involving Drugs

It seems that the Governor is pushing new legislation in both the house and the senate to give police more weapons to use when dealing with DUI’s involving the use of drugs.

http://www.register-herald.com/statenews/x1633484796/Tomblin-proposes-expanded-drug-testing-on-roads

The troubling thing with this article is that the emphasis is put on drugs being in your system, rather than you being impaired by the drugs.  People taking prescription medications are a prime example of instances where drugs do not normally impair them when taken as prescribed.  These individuals take the medication not to feel high, but to function normally like the rest of us.  This whole article is skewed towards a bright-line rule of if any drugs are in your system then you are impaired.  Something that science proves is not the truth.

If you or anyone you know is accused of driving under the influence of drugs in West Virginia, make the CLEAR choice and call the Glass Defense Firm today!

DUI Checkpoint in Wheeling Saturday Night

The Wheeling Police Department will be conducting another DUI checkpoint on Saturday night, July 21, from 7:00 pm until midnight. The checkpoint will be conducted at the 100 block of Zane Street in Wheeling.

If you have any questions concerning DUI checkpoints or DUI cases in general in West Virginia, contact West Virginia DUI attorney Jason Glass of the Glass Defense Firm at (304) 933-9883. The Glass Defense Firm, the CLEAR Choice for Criminal Defense in West Virginia.

West Virginia DUI Attorney Jason Glass Recognized by Super Lawyers

We are pleased to announce that West Virginia DUI Attorney Jason Glass has been named to the West Virginia Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in West Virginia for 2012.  Mr. Glass was recognized in the area of DUI defense and was the only DUI attorney from the state named to the prestigious Rising Stars list.  Furthermore, Mr. Glass was one of only two DUI attorneys in the entire State of West Virginia recognized by the publication.  Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor.  The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at SUPER LAWYERS.

SUPER LAWYERS, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

The 2012 West Virginia RISING STARS list is published in SUPER LAWYERS magazine and the February 2012 issue of CHICAGO magazine.  For more information about super lawyers, visit superlawyers.com.  You can also view Mr. Glass’ Super Lawyers profile at http://www.superlawyers.com/west-virginia/lawyer/Jason-M-Glass/75d5901d-d7ec-446d-bd20-9df456751188.html.

WV DUI Attorney Jason Glass Wins At WV Supreme Court

We received word not long ago that the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled in our favor on the case that was posted about a while back, Mark Thompson v. WV DMV.  

The Supreme Court ruled that the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles lacked the authority to suspend someone’s driver’s license based solely upon a no contest conviction and the fact that they had been suspended before.  The Court seemed to wholly adopt the argument put forth in Mr. Glass’ brief in rendering their decision.

Now before you get all up in arms about the Court letting drunk drivers back out onto the roads let me assure you that this decision does not do that.  It does not let an accused off the hook all together.  It merely means that they must be afforded a hearing before their license can be suspended if they enter a no contest plea.  It simply clarified what the legislature put in place, and that is that a plea of no contest does not constitute a conviction for the purposes of driver’s license revocation proceedings.  This case has the ability to effect thousands of DUI proceedings across the state of West Virginia.

Should you have any further questions regarding this case, or DUI laws in West Virginia generally, make the Clear Choice and contact the Glass Defense Firm today at (304) 933-9883.

West Virginia 8th Most Dangerous State To Drive In

According to the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), West Virginia is the 8th most dangerous state to drive in in the entire country.  According to the CDC, West Virginia averages 359 automobile fatalities per year.  While that number may seem low when compared to other states, if you look at it compared to the population of West Virginia it comes out to 19.8 fatalities per 100,000 people.  This is the 8th highest average in the country.  This costs nearly $3 million in medical costs and almost $300 million is lost from the state’s workforce.

Surprisingly, Mississippi is the most dangerous state to drive in averaging 26.7 deaths per 100,000, while Massachusetts was the least dangerous state, averaging only 5.5 deaths per 100,000 people.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/05/25/most-dangerous-states-to-drive-in/

WV DUI Attorney Jason Glass Appears Before State Supreme Court

DUI Attorney Jason Glass appeared this morning before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in the case of Mark Thompson v. West Virginia DMV.

The case centered around a Second Offense DUI arrest.  Mr. Thompson entered a no contest plea in Berkeley County Magistrate Court and the WV DMV subsequently revoked his license without affording him a hearing on his case.

According to West Virginia law, a no contest plea does not constitute a conviction.  Therefore, the DMV has no conviction to base a revocation on and must afford the individual a chance to be heard at a hearing prior to revoking their license.

The DMV is mistakenly relying on another statute, dealing with establishing the test and lock program in West Virginia, claiming that gives them the authority to automatically revoke a person’s license, without a hearing, if they are a subsequent offender and enter a no contest plea.

This case can potentially effect hundreds of people accused of DUI in West Virginia.  While we are cautiously optimistic on the outcome, stay tuned in the coming months for the official decision.

If you have any questions regarding DUI offenses in West Virginia, make the Clear Choice and contact DUI attorney Jason Glass at 304.933.9883.

 

 

Who is Glass Defense Firm?

The Glass Defense Firm was opened in September 2011 by West Virginia Attorney Jason Glass. Located in Clarksburg, WV, the Glass Defense Firm serves clients throughout West Virginia. Or, to coin a phrase used by WVU play-by-play man Tony Caridi, “From Weirton to Welch, from Martinsburg to Matewan, and all points in between.”

Mr. Glass represents client on all criminal matters, from mere traffic violations, to domestic batteries, to murder charges. Attorney Jason Glass is also uniquely qualified to represent clients accuse of DUI in West Virginia as well. In fact, there are few attorneys who are more qualified. Mr. Glass has been trained on how to administer the field sobriety tests used by the police at the roadside. Mr. Glass is also one of only two attorneys in the entire state to be trained on how to use the breath machine used in West Virginia, the Intoximeter EC/IR II. A member of the National College for DUI Defense, Mr. Glass is known nationally for his expertise in the area of DUI defense. In fact, Mr. Glass just returned from Columbus, Ohio, where he was asked to help instruct on DUI trial techniques during the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Advanced DUI Seminar.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in West Virginia, or any other crime, contact the Glass Defense Firm today for your free consultation. Its the CLEAR choice for criminal defense in West Virginia!