In West Virginia, mail-related crimes are treated seriously regardless of what carrier was used by the perpetrator or what fraudulent act was committed. But just how are crimes of mail fraud treated in court? What are the potential consequences you could end up facing if you are convicted of a mail fraud charge?
Teenagers and computer hacking are almost synonymous; parents in Ohio or West Virginia towns and cities such as Bellaire, Martins Ferry, Moundsville, Saint Clairsville or Akron may view the activity as harmless fun. That may be true, but teens are often unaware that hacking into their friends' computers to prank them is illegal. States and federal law enforcement departments are aggressively pursuing illegal computer access, from simple teen hacking to high-stakes white-collar crime.
If you are like many people in West Virginia, you have heard or read reports about the ongoing problem of drug addiction in the United States. No longer is this problem focused solely on illegal substances like cocaine, methamphetamine or heroin. Today, there is a widespread problem associated with addictions to legal prescription medications.
There are many people in West Virginia who struggle with drug addiction today, just as there are around the country. As the nation continues to search for ways to combat the growing opioid epidemic and other challenges associated with substance addiction and abuse, the state of West Virginia is looking at one change it might be able to make on its own.
People who live in West Virginia and hear about defendants being put on trial for serious crimes such as rape or murder may often wonder what type of chance those defendants really have at getting fair treatment or consideration by juries. In some cases, media stories and reports seem to make it feel all but impossible that a defendant will be found guilty of the charges against them. A recent case in Kanawha County, however, illustrates that this is not always the case.