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West Virginia takes action to demystify protective orders

When you're living under a constant threat of violence and a cloud of uncertainty about your future, the process of obtaining a protective order against your abuser be intimidating.

The West Virginia Supreme Court is taking steps to change that situation. The court has recently released a series of educational videos on its website and on YouTube. The videos are aimed at the victims of domestic violence -- with the ultimate goal of demystifying the process that one has to go through to obtain a protective order.

Beware these insurance company tricks and traps after an injury

There's nothing pleasant about being in an accident -- especially when it could have been easily avoided if someone had just taken reasonable care or been thinking about the safety of others.

On top of the injury, you have medical bills to handle, lost time from work (which may mean lost income) and a whole host of other possible practical concerns. Most people end up filing a personal injury lawsuit out of necessity -- not because they want to -- simply because the insurance company responsible for paying their claim isn't in a rush to help.

More West Virginians may qualify for expunged records

A criminal conviction doesn't just mean fines and incarceration -- it also means a lifetime where that criminal record follows you everywhere you go. That can ultimately limit the opportunities you have and make it much harder to put your past where it belongs.

Well, many West Virginians with misdemeanor and nonviolent felony convictions now have a chance to close that chapter on their lives for good through the expungement of their criminal record.

When you can end a protective order in West Virginia

You may have taken a protective order out on your spouse following a big fight between the two of you. People often take out protective orders when they feel their own safety, or the safety of their children is in jeopardy. While these orders cannot physically stop someone from contacting you or your family, they provide and often effective legal deterrent.

Yet, as the days and weeks have gone on, you may decide to terminate the protective order. Reconciliation between spouses is a common reason people choose to terminate a protective order early.

What pre-trial motions might affect your criminal case?

Some people have said that criminal trials are often won and lost long before the jury is seated. They're talking about the way pre-trial motions can affect the outcome of a case.

Somewhere between the preliminary hearing (where a judge has to make the call about whether there's enough evidence to move the case forward) and a trial, your defense attorney may make several pre-trial motions. The success -- or failure -- of those motions can dramatically shift the balance of power between the prosecution and defense.

Injured in a car wreck? Don't make these mistakes

A serious car accident can turn your entire world upside down in an instant and leave you out of work, struggling with injuries and juggling a load of unexpected bills all at once.

One more challenge you'll face is the fact that the insurance companies involved in your case probably won't exactly have your best interests at heart. Sure, the adjuster who calls may sound genuinely concerned about your well-being and utterly sympathetic to your plight -- but don't lose sight of the fact that he or she has a job to do. That job is to save the insurance company money -- not protect your interests.

Why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney

Getting charged with a federal crime is terrifying. However, many people fail to realize exactly how much trouble they're really in, thanks to the onslaught of mandatory minimum sentences.

Back in the 1980s when the U.S. government went full-tilt into the "War on Drugs," legislators did something that has had a profound effect on the criminal justice system and American society in general. Essentially, they took a lot of authority out of the hands of the judges who oversee criminal cases and made long prison sentences the norm -- regardless of the circumstances.

West Virginia ranked in the top 10 for traffic danger

Traffic accidents sometimes turn fatal. A recent report suggests that West Virginia may be one of the deadlier states for driving in the nation.

The report is by 24/7 Wall Street. It looked at population and motor vehicle fatality data for 2018 to estimate the traffic death rate for each state.

How are child support payments decided in West Virginia?

Going through a divorce is an emotional time, especially for children. They may not understand why you are splitting up with your spouse, and they are likely unhappy about it. Your children may even blame themselves.

You want to do all you can to protect your kids. You are trying to their routines as much the same as possible. Caring for your children after the divorce may involve a child support payment from your soon-to-be ex. You may be wondering how child support payments are determined in West Virginia.


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