State ex rel. Lemley v. Roberts, No. 14295

CourtSupreme Court of West Virginia
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM
Citation164 W.Va. 457,260 S.E.2d 850
PartiesSTATE ex rel. Darrell L. LEMLEY v. Virginia L. ROBERTS, Commissioner, etc.
Docket NumberNo. 14295
Decision Date18 December 1979

Page 850

260 S.E.2d 850
164 W.Va. 457
STATE ex rel. Darrell L. LEMLEY
v.
Virginia L. ROBERTS, Commissioner, etc.
No. 14295.
Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
Dec. 18, 1979.

Page 851

Syllabus by the Court

1. "Though the writ of mandamus will be denied where another and sufficient remedy exists, if such other remedy is not equally as beneficial, convenient and effective, mandamus will lie." Syl. pt. 5, State ex rel. Vance v. Arthur, 142 W.Va. 737, 98 S.E.2d 418 (1957).

2. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles is an administrative official not capable of performing the judicial function of determining the validity of judgments.

3. "A void judgment, being a nullity, may be attacked, collaterally or directly, at any time and in any court whenever any claim or right is asserted under such judgment." Syl pt. 3, State ex rel. Vance v. Arthur, 142 W.Va. 737, 98 S.E.2d 418 (1957).

4. "A void judgment is subject to collateral attack in a proceeding in mandamus." Syl. pt. 4, State ex rel. Vance v. Arthur, 142 W.Va. 737, 98 S.E.2d 418 (1957).

5. Because the sanctions which may be imposed by the Department of Motor Vehicles on a person convicted of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor are increased if he has a prior conviction within the statutorily specified time a collateral attack may be made on the prior or subsequent conviction on constitutional grounds.

[164 W.Va. 458] William L. Jacobs, Parkersburg, for appellant.

Chauncey H. Browning, Jr., Atty. Gen., Richard E. Hardison, Deputy Atty. Gen., Charleston, for appellee.

PER CURIAM:

This appeal was docketed on October 2, 1978 and came on for final argument on November 20, 1979. It is an appeal from a final judgment of the Circuit Court of Kanawha County which dismissed appellant's petition for a writ of mandamus. The petition sought a rule compelling the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to show cause why appellant's operator's license, which had been revoked under the provisions of W.Va. Code, 17C-5-2(c), should not be reinstated. Without taking evidence the circuit court dismissed the petition with prejudice. We conclude the circuit court acted incorrectly.

On December 8, 1977, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles revoked the appellant's operator's license for a period of ten years. The revocation was based on the provisions of W.Va. Code, 17C-5-2(c) which require the Commissioner to revoke a license if the records disclose two convictions within five years for driving...

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  • Beane v. Dailey, No. 34630.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • April 1, 2010
    ...judgment." Syl. pt. 3, State ex rel. Vance v. Arthur, 142 W.Va. 737, 98 S.E.2d 418 (1957).' Syl. Pt. 3, State ex rel. Lemley v. Roberts, 164 W.Va. 457, 260 S.E.2d 850 (1979), overruled on other grounds by Stalnaker v. Roberts, 168 W.Va. 593, 287 S.E.2d 166 (1981)." Syllabus Point 5, State e......
  • Allen v. State, Human Rights Com'n, No. 16303
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • December 6, 1984
    ...279 S.E.2d 622, 628-29 (W.Va.1981); Myers v. Barte, 279 S.E.2d 406, 409 (W.Va.1981); Syl. pt. 1, State ex rel. Lemley v. Roberts, 260 S.E.2d 850 (W.Va.1979), overruled on other grounds, Stalnaker v. Roberts, 287 S.E.2d 166, 169 (W.Va.1981); Syl. pt. 1, State ex rel. Board of Education v. Dy......
  • Tudor's Biscuit World of Am. v. Critchley, No. 11–0543.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • June 13, 2012
    ...judgment.” Syl. pt. 3, State ex rel. Vance v. Arthur, 142 W.Va. 737, 98 S.E.2d 418 (1957).” Syl. Pt. 3, State ex rel. Lemley v. Roberts, 164 W.Va. 457, 260 S.E.2d 850 (1979), overruled on other grounds by Stalnaker v. Roberts, 168 W.Va. 593, 287 S.E.2d 166 (1981).’Syl. Pt. 5, State ex rel. ......
  • Meadows v. Lewis, No. 15838
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • July 7, 1983
    ...Point 4, Cooper v. Gwinn, supra. See Snyder v. Callaghan, 168 W.Va. 265, 284 S.E. 2d 241 (1981); State ex rel. Lemley v. Roberts, 164 W.Va. 457, 260 S.E.2d 850 (1979); Walls v. Miller, 162 W.Va.563, 251 S.E.2d 491 (1979); State ex Page 638 rel. Smoleski v. County Court, 153 W.Va. 307, 168 S......
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  • Beane v. Dailey, No. 34630.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • April 1, 2010
    ...judgment." Syl. pt. 3, State ex rel. Vance v. Arthur, 142 W.Va. 737, 98 S.E.2d 418 (1957).' Syl. Pt. 3, State ex rel. Lemley v. Roberts, 164 W.Va. 457, 260 S.E.2d 850 (1979), overruled on other grounds by Stalnaker v. Roberts, 168 W.Va. 593, 287 S.E.2d 166 (1981)." Syllabus Point 5, State e......
  • Allen v. State, Human Rights Com'n, No. 16303
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • December 6, 1984
    ...279 S.E.2d 622, 628-29 (W.Va.1981); Myers v. Barte, 279 S.E.2d 406, 409 (W.Va.1981); Syl. pt. 1, State ex rel. Lemley v. Roberts, 260 S.E.2d 850 (W.Va.1979), overruled on other grounds, Stalnaker v. Roberts, 287 S.E.2d 166, 169 (W.Va.1981); Syl. pt. 1, State ex rel. Board of Education v. Dy......
  • Tudor's Biscuit World of Am. v. Critchley, No. 11–0543.
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • June 13, 2012
    ...judgment.” Syl. pt. 3, State ex rel. Vance v. Arthur, 142 W.Va. 737, 98 S.E.2d 418 (1957).” Syl. Pt. 3, State ex rel. Lemley v. Roberts, 164 W.Va. 457, 260 S.E.2d 850 (1979), overruled on other grounds by Stalnaker v. Roberts, 168 W.Va. 593, 287 S.E.2d 166 (1981).’Syl. Pt. 5, State ex rel. ......
  • Meadows v. Lewis, No. 15838
    • United States
    • Supreme Court of West Virginia
    • July 7, 1983
    ...Point 4, Cooper v. Gwinn, supra. See Snyder v. Callaghan, 168 W.Va. 265, 284 S.E. 2d 241 (1981); State ex rel. Lemley v. Roberts, 164 W.Va. 457, 260 S.E.2d 850 (1979); Walls v. Miller, 162 W.Va.563, 251 S.E.2d 491 (1979); State ex Page 638 rel. Smoleski v. County Court, 153 W.Va. 307, 168 S......
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