Both West Virginia and federal law contain a wide range of criminal offenses. If you are accused of a criminal offense, you have the right to be represented by an attorney – Mills McDermott have been representing citizens and have over 50 years experience in Criminal Defense.
An attorney may employ a range of tactics in defense of his or her client, from motions to suppressing evidence to vigorous cross-examination of opposing witnesses. The attorneys at Mills McDermott will explore all options for the defense of every client, no matter how big or small the charges might be.
Federal vs State Defense
All violations of federal law are found in the U.S. Code. They are prosecuted by U.S. Attorneys in the appropriate federal court.
State criminal laws, most of which are found in the West Virginia Criminal Code, are passed by the State Legislature. Violations of these laws are prosecuted by the appropriate authority for the jurisdiction in which they are alleged.
Types of Offenses
- MillsMcDermott represents clients on any type of criminal allegations, including accusations involving:
- The illegal possession, sale, or transportation of controlled substances
- Possessing, delivering or cultivating marijuana
- Any type of financial crime involving fraud or deception
- Homicide, or the crime causing of another person’s death
- Sexually-motivated crimes, including sexual assault and online solicitation of a minor
- Driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
- Crimes that cross international borders
- A criminal offense allegedly committed by a minor
- Crimes that utilize the internet
- Reckless driving
- Engaging in organized criminal activity
When a person becomes aware that he or she is a suspect of a criminal investigation, he or she should immediately retain legal counsel. Every decision he or she makes during this process is critical to the outcome of the case, and an attorney can advise him or her on how best to act.
Some of the issues affecting the rights of their clients that MillsMcDermott frequently face include:
Grand Jury Proceedings: Under both state and federal law, a grand jury issues indictments. An attorney can advise a person on how to handle a grand jury investigation.
Search and Seizure: Article III Section 6 of the West Virginia Constitution and the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures. If any evidence against a person is the product of an illegal search, the lawyer may move to suppress that evidence.
Asset Forfeiture: The government may seize property used in commission of a crime. Legal counsel can assist in the accused keeping property from being wrongfully forfeited.
Criminal Appeals: Any unfavorable decision made by a judge in a criminal case may be appealed as made in error.
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