Residents in West Virginia may benefit form understanding more about potential defense strategies for assault and battery charges. Some of the common defenses for these types of offenses include self-defense, defense of others, defense of property and consent. People accused of sexual assault may be able to use consent as a defense. If the complainant has voluntarily conceded to a particular act, than that same act may not be classified as battery or assault. Once the act supersedes the complainant's consent, the accused may be subject to battery or assault charges.
A man in West Virginia was charged for drug possession on Feb. 20 after he was found with a bag of marijuana and methamphetamine. The incident that led to the man receiving drug and other charges took place at a Sheetz store in Princeton. Deputies received a report about a man at the store who had a bag of marijuana in his pocket that was partially exposed.
Police in Panther, West Virginia, say that they were led on a brief car chase on Route 1/2 on Feb. 4. According to authorities, the driver of the vehicle was a 59-year-old man, and a 63-year-old man was a passenger in the vehicle. The passenger reportedly was in possession of prescription drugs although he did not have a prescription for them.
Officers in McDowell County have arrested two men they believe were selling drugs in the area. The arrest came after officers obtained and executed a search warrant. The men were arrested around 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, after police raided the property and found numerous illegal substances.
News outlets reported on Jan. 7 that West Virginia authorities have taken a father and son into custody for allegedly making terroristic threats to a judge and against public buildings and drug possession, respectively. The arrests were the result of unrelated investigations.
On Dec. 22, it was reported that authorities took a 27-year-old West Virginia woman into custody after she was accused of being involved in a marijuana drug deal. The woman was accused of dealing with a man who was believed to be involved in a murder that occurred in the same area where the alleged deal went down.
If a West Virginia resident is convicted on a crime but there is evidence that court made an error during the trial, the convicted person may be eligible to seek a criminal appeal from an appellate court. However, there are certain requirements that the case must meet before an appellate court considers an appeal.
Four people were taken into custody after West Virginia police issued search warrants at multiple locations on Nov. 6. The arrests were the result of two police departments collaborating over a month-long investigation. The Ceredo Drug Unit and other authorities issued two warrants to three locations. Police also issued two summons to people unnamed on the warrants as well. The search and seizure operation was described as a huge success. Police expect to file more charges as a result.
Criminal cases in West Virginia do not always go to trial, and many cases are resolved when both sides agree on a plea bargain. Plea bargaining refers to the negotiation process used when either side proposes a potential resolution to a case.
A man is facing several charges following a traffic stop in Huntington on July 10. The driver is facing charges of felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to deliver and DUI. Police officers spotted a white sedan traveling at a high rate of speed in the 2500 block of 5th Avenue. The driver was stopped by police at 26th Street and the 400 block of 4th Avenue.