December 2018 Archives

How are sexual assault and abuse defined?

Many may think that the definition of sexual assault has become open to interpretation. Whereas at one time, many might have thought "sexual assault" only meant rape, today the term is seemingly applied to any offense of a sexual nature. The fact of the matter is that sexual assault was never simply limited to rape, but always included any assaulting actions related to sexual activity. You should also know that West Virginia law also distinguishes between sexual assault and sexual abuse. The question is what category of offense the crime you were accused of committing in Wheeling falls under? 

Are you under investigation for possible pretexting?

Let us say you have a position in management for a large corporation you began working for about six months ago. Company information is leaking out, and, possibly because you are new to the team, you are among those investigation for “pretexting.” What is pretexting, and is it a crime?

Elkins mother and son arrested over drug discovery

Drug charges can often be incredibly complex in their interconnectedness. A single incident of authorities finding drugs or controlled substances on a person may result not only in possession charges but also trafficking and distribution offenses, as well. In some circumstances, even the mere association with one who has been charged with a drug offense might find one facing a criminal case. While an argument may be made that law enforcement authorities would not bring such charges if there was no evidence to support them, it might seem concerning to some that so many alleged offenses can be traced back to a single incident. 

Helping your teen when they are charged with a drug offense

Parents can struggle with all sorts of hurdles as they raise children, some of which are emotional in nature, others financial. Some challenges can be both, such as a teenager who is charged with a drug offense. These cases can result in fines, shatter a young person's opportunities and create an overwhelming amount of stress and uncertainty for teens and their parents as well. Whether you are angry or worried about how this situation will affect your child's future, this is no time to become complacent and you should do whatever you can to help protect your child's future.

How does drug addiction treatment work?

If you’ve received drug charges in West Virginia, you may feel as though the whole world is against you. In this case, seeking treatment for underlying addiction issues might be something to consider. Drug addiction often leads to legal woes and can also ravage a person’s home and work life. The National Institute on Drug Abuse offers the following advice in this case, which can help you find the right drug treatment for your specific needs.

Understanding field sobriety tests

If you are like a lot of people in West Virginia, you might not fully understand what happens during a traffic stop that turns into an investigation for suspected drunk driving. Based on what you see in movies or on television shows, you might know that some type of roadside tests are used but it is important to understand these tests and what they are actually used for if you are ever in this situation.

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