Understanding Criminal Laws in West Virginia
The criminal process can be confusing. Without the help of a defense attorney, a criminal charge can wreak havoc on your life. Located in Charleston, The Giatras Law Firm, PLLC has more than 30 years of experience handling criminal defense cases throughout West Virginia. Our personalized and aggressive advocacy has resulted in reduced sentences, acquittals, and dismissed charges for our clients.
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As soon as the police stop or arrest you, let The Giatras Law Firm, PLLC offer you the advice and guidance you need to protect your rights. The police may detain you and question you long before they arrest you.
The prosecution may use anything you say to the police against you in court. Protect yourself by calling a defense lawyer as soon as the police begin interviewing you. The police do not require a warrant for every search or arrest, and our attention to detail can prevent improper procedure from hurting your case.
About criminal law in West Virginia
When the police arrest you, they will read you your Miranda rights, which are the following:
- The right to remain silent
- The right to have an attorney present during questioning
- The right to have an attorney appointed if you are unable to afford one
They do not read your Miranda rights until they take you into custody. You still do not have to say anything, except to provide your basic information, name, and address. Remember to invoke your right to remain silent.
Once you are arrested, your case proceeds to arraignment. There, the judge asks you to enter a plea to the charges you face. Please include:
- Guilty — you admit that you committed the crimes in question, and accept punishment
- Not guilty — you deny that you committed the crimes in question, and the judge sets a trial date
Even if you refuse to answer, your case moves forward. The law entitles you to have a criminal lawyer during these proceedings, and for him to speak on your behalf. As a defense attorney, Mr. Toni Giatras regularly handles arraignments with his clients.
Dealing with a criminal defense matter may seem overwhelming. Trust The Giatras Law Firm, PLLC to handle it and to provide you with peace of mind.