West Virginia Bill Regarding Substance Abuse During Pregnancy (HB 4503)
This law was last updated on Jun 29, 2016
HB 4503 would make substance abuse during pregnancy a crime. A mother would be guilty of a misdemeanor if her child was born and diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome or with the presence of any amount of a controlled substance in his or her blood, urine or meconium.
The misdemeanor for this charge would be punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. The bill would allow a drug court course of substance abuse education and treatment as an alternative to punishment and conviction, and would authorize expungement of records under certain circumstances.