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West Virginia Criminal Statutes of Limitations
How much time does the prosecution have to charge you in the Mountain State? ... Read more

Skipping Bail? A Bounty Hunter Might Follow
In most countries, only government law enforcement officers have authority to go after and arrest fugitives from justice. But in the United States, bounty hunters (also called “fugitive recovery agents”)—private citizens who make it their profession to track down and capture bail jumpers—have ... Read more

Criminal Charges: What Do They Mean?
From arrest to the charging decision and beyond, criminal cases involve a series of critical stages. ... Read more

Initial Appearance in Court after an Arrest
Languishing in jail with no idea of the formal charges against you is not uncommon in many parts of the world. In the United States, it's against the law. ... Read more

Revoking Bail: Go to Jail & Lose Your Bond
Getting released on bail can be complicated and costly, but going back to jail and forfeiting bond is even worse. When a defendant violates bail conditions or fails to show up in court, bail is almost always revoked (the defendant is put in custody). After revocation comes forfeiture. So, the defendant loses his freedom and might possibly lose a lot of money. ... Read more

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It is most likely that you received a legal sentence.  Usually when a person is given both jail time and a year of probation on a misdemeanor DUI, the judge makes the jail sentence a condition of ...Read more

Restraining Orders cannot be violated. There is no room for error. Tweeting is sufficient. The matter involving the tools is separate and the burden is on the plaintiff to prove. He must have his witn ...Read more

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Will I get in trouble?

Q: I was in a gas station last night and no one was in there, the cashier probably in the bathroom. I took an item under 5 dollars, the cameras most likely didn’t see me. Just due to the fact on ... Read more

Can I apply for a 911 operator position if I had a retail theft expunged?

Q: I was going through the self-checkout line at Walmart and didn’t scan some items a few years ago. This was my first offense and first time EVER getting in trouble with the law. This has since ... Read more

You do NOT have to talk to police

If you are contacted by a police officer who wants to talk to you about some event you may have been involved in or been a witness to, you are NOT required to speak to them. You can politely say that ... Read more

Does the duty-to-rescue apply in time of natural cause?

Q: The husband was displaying an abnormal behavior. The wife didn’t think too much about it. She stayed by his side until he had fallen asleep and then went to bed herself. The husband died in t ... Read more

Can I be convicted for using $200.00 of a stolen gift card if I “ONLY” used

Q: In my previous job I worked at, four gift cards for $50.00 a piece were stolen=$200.00. I used one of the stolen gift cards for $50.00 and two other people related to me used the remaining three gi ... Read more

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