In West Virginia, the Circuit Courts are the state's only "general jurisdiction" courts, meaning they can hear cases of all kinds, from civil cases to criminal cases and from misdemeanors to felonies. These courts also hear magistrate and municipal court appeals. The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, in turn, hears appeals from the West Virginia Circuit Courts.
If you have been charged with or accused of a criminal act in West Virginia within the Circuit Court System of North Central West Virginia, you need to contact a competent criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your rights. Circuit court offenses are more serious than local municipal or magistrate court offenses.
The potential penalty for all felony cases heard in West Virginia's Circuit Courts is normally a sentence in the West Virginia State Penitentiary System. Today, the courts are sending more citizens to prison than ever.
The Wolfe Law Firm has handled thousands of felony defense cases throughout North Central West Virginia. We have defended and stand ready to defend the citizens of West Virginia when facing allegations of the following crimes:
- Drug Offenses
- Possession with Intent to Deliver
- Delivery of a Controlled Substance
- Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance
- First Degree Murder
- Second Degree Murder
- Voluntary Manslaughter
- Involuntary Manslaughter
- Malicious Assault
- Unlawful Wounding
- Firearm Charges
- Wanton Endangerment with a Firearm
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm
- Nighttime Burglary
- Daytime Burglary
- Entering without Breaking
- Forgery and Uttering
- Grand Larceny
- Obtaining Money, Goods by False Pretenses
All of these crimes carry substantial penalties if a person is convicted. Given the current political environment today, citizens who are convicted of felony charges can do substantial time in the State Penitentiary.
If you or your loved one is contacted by the West Virginia State Police, the Sheriff’s Office, or the City Police investigating you for an alleged crime, you need to politely refrain from answering any questions and respectfully ask to speak to an attorney. You then need to inform the police that you cannot speak to them until you have had the opportunity to speak to an attorney. At this point, all questions should stop and you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to handle your case.
Criminal laws are more complicated than people know. Anyone accused or charged with a crime needs an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows the law and can vigorously defend your rights. If you have been charged with a criminal act, contact The Wolfe Law Firm today for a free initial consultation.