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Under Section 17C-5-2(n) of the W.V. Code, a non-first offender is anyone who has had a prior DUI within the past 10 years from the subsequent DUI. So the answer to your question would be after 10 years, from 1978, any DUI after that would constitute a first offense.
A link to the law is found here: http://www.legis.state.wv.us/wvcode/ChapterEntire.cfm?chap=17c&art=5§ion=2
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