Preston County, West Virginia

Preston County, West Virginia is the northern part of the state bordering Maryland and Pennsylvania. Preston County is known for the Buckwheat Festival and leads the State of West Virginia in wild turkey harvesting. Known for beautiful state parks, the county is partially situated in the Monongahela National Forest. Visitors come to Preston County all year round to camp, fish, hike, and hunt in state parks such as Cathedral State Park and Fairfax Stone Historical Monument State Park. With 33,520 residents, Preston County is often grouped into the Pittsburgh demographic area due to its northern location.

Every year, people flock to Kingwood in Preston County during the last week of September for the annual Buckwheat Festival, which began as a result of the Great Depression when the crops started being used to promote an end-of-harvest celebration. This festival is the biggest of its kind in West Virginia and has been popular since it began in 1938. You can take part in a variety of activities from tasting homemade buckwheat cakes to riding carnival rides and watching livestock exhibitions.

Interstate 68, US Highway 50, US Highway 219 and West Virginia Route 92 are just some of the main arteries throughout Preston County. Travel through this area can be treacherous due to high traffic from feeder cities throughout the tri-state area. Nearly 75 vehicles were involved in fatal accidents in 2002 in Preston County. While this number has dropped some in recent years, you still have the right to protect yourself legally if you are in an accident that was not your fault. Call Wolfe Law Firm toll-free at 1-877-637-5756 for a free consultation. We will examine your case and advise you of your options in plain English to help you make an informed decision.

Directions to our office from Preston County are as follows: Take WV-72 South and continue onto US 219 South. Turn left at the junction of US 219/US 250/US 33 E. After about a mile and a half, turn left at Randolph Avenue. Turn right at 4th Street and then left on Kerens Avenue. Our building is a three-story yellow brick colonial at the intersection of Kerens Avenue and 2nd Street. We offer two hours of free parking at the lot across the street from our office. Off-street parking is also available.

Circuit Court

Circuit Courts are general jurisdiction courts, which handle civil cases that are over $2,500 with some exceptions. The Circuit Courts are able to receive appeals from municipal court, magistrate court, administrative agencies, and sometimes family courts unless the parties appeal directly to the Supreme Court of Appeals. Circuit Courts are made up of judges who are elected in partisan elections and serve eight-year terms.

The Circuit Court of Preston County is located in the Preston County Courthouse and its address is as follows:

Preston County Courthouse
101 W Main Street
Kingwood, WV 26537

If you are charged with a felony in the Circuit Court, you can also contact the Judge’s secretary about the steps you can take to obtain the services of a court-appointed attorney.

Lawrance S. Miller, Jr., Chief Circuit Court Judge
Mary J. Somerruk, Judge’s Secretary
Preston County Courthouse
Room 303
101 W Main Street
Kingwood, WV 26537
Phone: (304) 329-0066
Fax: (304) 329-4538

The Circuit Clerk of Preston County is responsible with keeping the court files organized for the Circuit Court.

Preston County Circuit Clerk, Betsy Castle
Preston County Courthouse
Room 301
101 W Main Street
Kingwood, WV 26537
Phone: (304) 329-0047
Fax: (304) 329-1417

The Preston County Prosecuting Attorney currently is Melvin Snyder.

Preston County Prosecuting Attorney, Melvin Snyder
Preston County Courthouse
106 W Main Street
Room 201
Kingwood, WV 26537
Phone: (304) 329-1885
Fax: (304) 329-0372

If eligible for court-appointed counsel, you may contact the Preston County Public Defender’s office. Their contact information is as follows:

Preston County Public Defender’s Office
Garden Towers
202 Tunnelton Street
Suite 303
Kingwood, WV 26537
Phone: (304) 329-0830
Fax: (304) 329-3631

Magistrate Court

Magistrate Courts enforce the correct usage of laws and have jurisdiction over many civil cases dealing with financial amounts of five thousand dollars or less. They also hear misdemeanor cases, as well as issue legal documents to help cases move further. Magistrate Courts are made up of Magistrates who run for four-year terms and are elected in partisan elections.

The Magistrate Court of Preston County is located on the second floor of the Preston County Courthouse in Kingwood, WV. Their mailing address is as follows:

Preston County Magistrate Court
101 W Main Street, Room 201
Kingwood, WV 26537

There are currently three magistrates who serve Preston County and their contact information is as follows:

Lewis F. Ault, Magistrate (telephone ext. 13)
Phone: (304) 329-2762

Janice K. Snider, Magistrate (telephone ext. 11)
Phone: (304) 329-2763

Harold E. Jenkins, Jr., Magistrate (telephone ext. 19)
Phone: (304) 329-2762

The magistrate clerk keeps the court’s files organized.

Donna J. Metheny, Clerk (telephone ext. 18)
Phone: (304) 329-2764
Fax: (304) 329-0855

If eligible for court-appointed counsel, you may contact the Preston County Public Defender’s office. Their contact information is as follows:

Preston County Public Defender’s Office
Garden Towers
202 Tunnelton Street
Suite 303
Kingwood, WV 26537
Phone: (304) 329-0830
Fax: (304) 329-3631