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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.

What you need to know about owning a gun in West Virginia

Many West Virginia residents own guns. However, if you are a gun owner, it's essential to follow state and federal weapons laws. Our state has the unfortunate distinction of having supplied more guns used in crimes per capita than all but one other state, so those laws are taken seriously by law enforcement officials and prosecutors.

Invoke your rights right away when detained or arrested

Finding out that you are being detained or under arrest is the first event in what can seem like a never ending series of events. If you are detained or arrested, you should know that you have very specific rights that you can invoke. You have probably heard about these rights on television and in the movies when the police officer reads a person his or her Miranda rights.