June 2017 Archives

Citing self-defense

It is not uncommon when reviewing news of criminal cases in Ohio County to hear that a defendant claim that his or her actions were in self-defense. While many may view this as the standard response to any allegations involving violence, we here at the Scott C. Brown Law Office can attest to the fact that such a defense may indeed be valid, and is recognized by the law. It may behoove you to understand the state’s self-defense statute if you are facing the potential for criminal penalties in a case where you felt your response to a threat was justified.

What does it mean to plead insanity?

For people in West Virginia facing criminal charges, a plea of insanity is one type of criminal defense that may be utilized. While many people are aware of this legal tactic, the actual process is often misunderstood. An insanity plea involves many different factors, and requires the assistance of a skilled attorney with a comprehensive understanding of the law.

West Virginia legalizes medical marijuana

On April 19th, Governor Jim Justice signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in West Virginia. With this law passing, West Virginia has become the 29th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal use. The governor signed the bill after it passed the state legislature on April 6th.

Convicted drug offenders receive lengthy prison sentences

Facing drug crimes in Wheeling can be very daunting. The possible penalties are extremely serious, even for charges involving only the possession of a small amount of drugs. Therefore, one of the best things those accused of being involved in illegal drug activity can do is to have a solid defense to present to the court.

Child sex crime case goes before State Supreme Court

Many people who think about sex crimes in Ohio may initially think about adults that are accused of crimes against children or perhaps against other adults who may be more vulnerable than they in some manner. However, it is also possible that an allegation of rape or some other form of a sex crime may be made against a minor.

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