WEST VIRGINIA CODE
§5-14A-4. Arrests -- Appointment of an interpreter.
(a) In the event a person who is deaf is arrested and taken
into custody for any alleged violation of a criminal law of this
state, the arresting officer or his or her superiors shall procure
a qualified interpreter in order to interrogate properly such deaf
person and to interpret such person's statements. No statement
taken from the deaf person before an interpreter is present may be
admissible in court.
(b) An oral interpreter shall be provided upon the request of
a deaf person entitled to an interpreter under this article, but
who does not communicate in sign language. The right of a deaf
person to an interpreter may not be waived except by a deaf person
who does not use sign language and who initiates the request for
waiver in writing. The waiver is subject to approval of legal
counsel for the deaf person, if any, and is subject to approval of
the appointing authority.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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