In West Virginia, circuit courts are the state's only "general jurisdiction" courts, meaning they can hear cases of all kinds, from civil cases (in which damages are greater than $300) to criminal cases; from misdemeanors to felonies. These courts also hear magistrate and municipal court appeals. The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, in turn, hears appeals from the West Virginia circuit courts. More information about circuit courts in West Virginia is available at http://www.state.wv.us.
If you have been charged with or accused of a criminal act in West Virginia within the circuit courts Systems of North Central West Virginia, you need to contact a competent criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your rights. Circuit court offenses are often more serious than local municipal or magistrate court offenses.
The potential penalty for all felony cases heard in West Virginia's circuit courts is normally a sentence in the West Virginia State Penitentiary System. Today, the court systems in West Virginia are sending more citizens to prison than ever in our system.
The criminal laws in today's justice system are complicated. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows the law and can vigorously defend your rights. The Wolfe Law Firm is experienced in the circuit court criminal justice system and has been successfully defending clients in West Virginia's circuit court system for over 18 years. If you have been charged with a criminal act, contact the Wolfe Law Firm today for your free consultation.