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Understand what it means to have a jury of your peers

Going through a criminal trial is a difficult task. One of the things that you need to think about when you are going through this is the jury that is going to hear your case. The jury has a big impact on your life because they are the ones who are going to decide whether you are guilty or not guilty.

Think about all possible defenses for the charges you face

Criminal law matters are some very serious matters because your very freedom is at stake. When you are facing criminal charges of any sort, you have to take the time to learn about the options that you have for a defense. These options might include some that you haven't thought about before.

What happens during the criminal trial process?

When you are facing criminal charges, there are several different things that you have to think about. One of the things you have to think about is the possibility of going to trial. Understanding some points about a criminal trial can help you to make a determination about whether you want your case to go to trial or not.

Don't let a DUI on New Year's Eve get the year off to a bad start

In our previous blog post, we discussed some facts about holiday drinking and driving. The main point that we want you to know is that if you do have to drive home after having a few drinks this New Year's Eve, there is a chance that you are going to face criminal charges for drunk driving.

Know some points about holiday drinking and driving

Drunk driving is a factor in 57 percent of fatal accidents on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. This is a factor in 52 percent of fatal accidents on Christmas Day. In each of these cases, a family has to deal with the death of a loved one that could have been prevented. This is one of the reasons for drunk driving laws.

Know how plea bargains can affect your case and your life

Our blog posts in the past have discussed many different types of criminal charges and defense strategies. While it is true that you need to prepare your case to go to trial, the vast majority of criminal cases are settled through the use of plea bargains. These bargains can prove useful, especially if you don't have a desire to go to trial. If you are considering a plea deal, it is crucial that you understand how it can affect your case. You should also understand how it can impact the remainder of your life.

Clown pranks can lead to criminal charges

With all of the scary clown stories that are circulating around the country, a Monogalia County deputy is warning residents that trying to play a scary clown prank isn't something that is advisable. The deputy noted that it could be a criminal act to just walk around with a clown mask on.

City recorder to resign over misuse of funds

The former acting mayor and current city recorder for Buckhannon will be resigning soon, following an investigation into his alleged improper use of a fuel card belonging to the city during his tenure as mayor in 2015. State police indicated that they have reached a plea agreement wherein the former mayor has agreed to step down from his current position as city recorder and make full restitution to the city Buckhannon, in order to avoid facing a felony indictment.