Misdemeanors in Morgantown and North Central West Virginia

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If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in West Virginia, you may be wondering what the penalties are and what your legal options are. Misdemeanors are less serious criminal offenses than felonies, and they are prosecuted in the state's circuit courts. Misdemeanor penalties can vary depending on the offense and the offender's prior criminal record. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, it is important to retain the services of an experienced misdemeanor attorney in Morgantown.

Get started with a free consultation with Attorney Ed Rollo. Contact us at (304) 449-3504.

What Are the Penalties for a Misdemeanor in West Virginia?

The penalties for a misdemeanor in West Virginia can include fines, community service, probation, and/or jail time. The specific penalties will depend on the nature of the offense and the offender's prior criminal record.

In addition to monetary penalties and jail time, a misdemeanor conviction can have serious negative effects on your life. A conviction can result in the loss of a professional license, the loss of eligibility for public assistance, and the inability to pass a background check for employment.

What Is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?

In West Virginia, misdemeanors are less serious than felonies. Misdemeanors are generally prosecuted in circuit courts, while felonies are prosecuted in magistrate courts or federal courts. Misdemeanors are also punishable by lesser fines and jail time than felonies.

A misdemeanor can become a felony offense if the offender is a repeat offender. For example, if an individual is convicted of two DUIs and is subsequently convicted of another DUI, the third DUI offense may be a felony.

When you are facing criminal charges, time is of the essence. Call Attorney Ed Rollo at (304) 449-3504 today to begin.

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