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Your defense plan has to fit your case

We recently discussed how West Virginia's three strikes law is one that can put people behind bars for convictions that don't warrant a life sentence. If you recall, you can face this possibility if you are convicted of three felony charges as long as one of those is a violent crime.

Defense team goals don't always include not guilty verdict

Sex-related crimes usually come with steep penalties. Charges like first-degree sexual assault carry up to 35 years in prison when an adult is involved, but up to 100 years in prison when a child under 12 is involved. This is on the harsher end of the spectrum, but it gives you an idea of how strict West Virginia is when it comes to these serious charges.

What are the penalties for sex charges in West Virginia?

Sex crimes are very serious in West Virginia. When you are facing charges like sexual assault or rape, you are facing the possibility of time in prison. This can impact your life, but having to be branded a felon and a sex offender can also have a considerable impact on your life.

Woman acquitted of assault on grounds of self-defense

A 23-year-old woman was acquitted of a single count of malicious assault on Monday, January 30, 2017, in Moundsville's Marshall County Circuit Court. The woman's attorney argued she was defending herself when she hit the woman with a baseball bat during an altercation on August 11, 2016.

West Virginia sheriff facing charges for stealing drugs

A newly-elected sheriff in West Virginia has found himself on the wrong side of the law after admitting to stealing methamphetamine from the evidence room. It is alleged that he took more than $1,000 worth of evidence, most of which was meth. He said that he has been addicted to meth for more than a year.

How are terrorism and hate crimes different?

When people are attacked for any reason, there is a chance that criminal charges could be placed against the attacker. The circumstances of the case dictate what charges are possible. In some cases, a person might be charged with a hate crime or with terrorism. Understanding the line that divides these charges is crucial for people who are facing them.