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Proving innocence in a serious case

With the countless portrayals circulating throughout the media, serious crimes have become a common phrase to the average entertainment seeker. However, what many often forget is that those who face severe charges are actual people -- people whose lives have been put on the line in a matter of hours. West Virginians currently experiencing such unfortunate events may feel overwhelmed at the extensive legal process, especially when a felony charge could be looming in the future. While false accusations are a sobering reality, where does the law draw the line? 

The severity of a false terroristic accusation

Current politics surrounding terrorism have sparked debate on the country's legal and ethical stance on the issue. While there have been a number of recent incidents labelled as "terroristic," many West Virginians still wonder what, exactly, constitutes as a threat of terrorism.

Religious leaders and church face sex crime case

People in West Virginia who hear reports about the alleged sexual abuse of children may naturally feel anger toward the person or persons said to have perpetrated such acts. However, just as with any other form of criminal charge, it is important to remember that people are always innocent until proven guilty. Many allegations may be made that are in fact not accurate or true. It is up the criminal justice system to identify a defendant's guilt or innocence.

Defense request to move trial denied

When people in West Virginia read or watch news reports, it can be all too easy to draw conclusions about a person who is charged with a crime. This, however, can lead to many problems in part due to the fact that these reports generally include very few of the details and facts of a case. In fact, many of the facts not reported may well lead a person to a conclusion other than the one they originally made based upon the news report.

What constitutes as domestic terrorism in west virginia?

With today's political climate, the word "terror" has taken on many meanings. Violent attacks have spread nationwide, leaving behind more questions than answers. As many states, including West Virginia, have begun to reassess domestic terrorism laws, countless individuals are wrongly accused of terrorist acts. Where does one drawn the line in such circumstances, and where does an individual turn when he or she is accused of a threat or crime they did not commit?

Weapons possession prohibitions in West Virginia

Most in Wheeling likely do not need to be reminded that the right to bear arms is constitutional. If there is any question about the legal implications of owning a firearm, state law makes that right very clear. In Section 67-7-1 of the West Virginia Code, it states that the state's citizenry overwhelmingly supports this right. At the same time, it is also recognized that the state needs to reasonably regulate this right. This means that while most local citizens are allowed to own guns, the state has imposed certain limitations to this right. 

West virginia and current burglary laws

The taking of another person's possessions or property is a crime in West Virginia. Although the penalties for burglary are not as lasting as those attached to more serious crimes, the repercussions can nevertheless damage a person's reputation and overall wellbeing. Each state contains different penalties for burglary, but those penalties can often change.

Firearms and drugs: a serious legal combination

Sometimes, one poorly made decision leads to yet another series of unfortunate episodes. For convicted felons, a second arrest could spark an additional world of legal issues, including damaged reputations and costly court fees. While law enforcement is currently working to reduce the number of arrests for drugs and firearms, especially those concerning heroin, arrests nevertheless occur daily. Arrests for drugs are only the tip of the iceberg in some situations, and many felons find themselves overwhelmed with multiple charges that can be difficult to manage. 

From firearms to felonies: the legal details

With today's tense attitudes toward gun laws in America, it is all the more important to be aware of each state's legal details on the matter. Controversy over who, exactly, can possess firearms is recently the focal point of attention in the media and in daily life. Sometimes, gun owners may forget that they are carrying their firearm in a restricted setting. If that gun owner happens to have a history of misdemeanor charges, the results may be highly consequential. West Virginia law maintains that no individual with a past misdemeanor charge may possess a gun, yet there are other important factors of this law. 

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