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Multiple felony charges entered against suspected bomber

Most people in West Virginia and around the nation likely heard accounts over several days about suspicious packages that had been mailed to multiple high-profile politicians or other prominent figures. In less than a week after the first package was apprehended, a man in Florida had been arrested in connection with the events.

Packages containing explosives likely all come from one source

While bombing incidents remain relatively uncommon in the United States, including West Virginia, a series of suspicious packages containing explosive devices addressed to several prominent individuals in the fields of politics and media is of concern for law enforcement from local to national levels.

Facing federal wire fraud charges in Wheeling

If you are facing federal charges that include one or more counts of wire fraud, you likely have questions about what this means. Although a basic outline can give you some clarity, these charges usually mean a complicated case and potentially severe penalties. Therefore, it is important to get help from a qualified attorney who can advise you based on your particular situation.

Understanding aggravating factors

One of the most common questions that people facing criminal charges in Wheeling ask is how does the law differentiate a misdemeanor from a felony? One might hear that the crime they stand accused of is considered a misdemeanor, from which the penalties that may result are often viewed as the proverbial "slap on the wrist." Yet it is difficult to classify some types of criminal activity as being exclusively considered felonies and misdemeanors. The reason for this has to do with the concept of aggravating circumstances. 

Reviewing sentencing guidelines

The first question that most of those that come to us here at the Scott C. Brown Law Office after having been charged with a crime in Wheeling have is what sort of sentence they may be facing. If you find yourself in the same situation, then you likely have similar concerns. Typically, the laws detailing criminal offenses will also state what sort of punitive action is associated with them. While that information can serve as a baseline to form an estimation, the actual sentence imposed can be much different. 

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