MOUNTAINEER CRIMINAL AND BANKRUPTCY LAW GROUP
TOUGH AND AGGRESSIVE WEST VIRGINIA BANKRUPTCY LAWYERS
As West Virginia bankruptcy lawyers, we handle cases throughout West Virginia, including: Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Grafton, Kingwood, Weirton, Brooke, Wheeling, Moundsville, and Monongalia County.
We are dedicated bankruptcy lawyers who have over 25 years combined experience handling hundreds of bankruptcy cases. Our lawyers have been seen on local news in high profile cases, and have won awards, such as: Super Lawyer Rising Star, Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer, Lawinfo.com Choice Counsel, 10.0 Superb on Avvo.com, and Top 10 in West Virginia for Client Satisfaction.
Our lawyers have handled some of the most complex bankruptcy matters in West Virginia.
A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO YOUR MORGANTOWN BANKRUPTCY CASE
Some West Virginia bankruptcy defense lawyers take a wait and see approach to bankruptcy law. Basically, they don’t do anything until the first hearing date.
In contrast, we believe in investigating and “working-up” your case as soon as we are hired. We believe that the most critical window for bankruptcy work is the first meeting once. By getting to work immediately, we give ourselves time to thoroughly investigate the options available to you.
A PERSONAL CONNECTION WITH YOUR WEST VIRGINIA BANKRUPTCY LAWYER
Our bankruptcy attorneys understand that dealing with debt relief is one of the most difficult times of your life; facing your list of debts and expenses can be a traumatic experience. Additionally, nothing compounds the stress more than the inability to reach your lawyer.
At the Mountaineer Bankruptcy Law Group, we put a premium on the accessibility of our West Virginia bankruptcy lawyers and paralegals. We find that close client interaction is pivotal to our work, as our clients are the best resource for understanding their budgets and needs. Often times, we are in contact with our clients for years following the bankruptcy to make sure our clients successfully move on with their lives. We want to hear from you, and you’ll definitely be hearing from us as only together can we put together the best bankruptcy case possible.
CONTACT US FOR A FREE CONSULTATION ABOUT YOUR WEST VIRGINIA BANKRUPTCY CASE
We start every West Virginia bankruptcy case the same way, by listening to you. Ideally, we want to sit down with you in our Morgantown office, and hear exactly what your debts and expenses are.
WHAT ARE MY DEBT-RELIEF OPTIONS?
There are several ways you can get out from under your load of debt. Not all are actual bankruptcies.
Bankruptcy comes in two avenues, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Chapter 7 shields you from debt collectors and protects your assets. This is often the best option for people with low incomes. Chapter 13 allows you to rearrange your debt and make payments on it. If you are in a higher income bracket, this is often the best bet for you.
In addition to the above, you can negotiate to have your debt “settled” in one of two ways. You can negotiate a smaller payment, one that makes it easier for you to pay. This may mean it takes you longer to pay off the debt, but you can pay it. Or, you can negotiate a lump sum payment. In this case, the debtor agrees to accept a smaller amount in exchange for dropping collection attempts. Often, companies are happy to get any money at all and will gladly make such arrangements.
In some cases, a person is not allowed to file for bankruptcy. Generally, this means the person has previously filed within a certain period of time. Often, a person in this situation simply does not have the means to pay off the debt, so a negotiated settlement is also unavailable to them. In this case, your Morgantown Bankruptcy Lawyer can help you temporarily protect your savings and checking accounts. While this
will not stop foreclosures and garnishments, it will delay them for a while.
Sometimes, a person’s best choice is to wait to take action on their debt. In these cases, the person either has less debt than they thought, or they’re waiting on a big raise or promotion at their job or are in the process of leaving one job to take a better-paying one. For these people, waiting until the higher amount of money begins to come in can be the best way to handle their debt.
TOUGH AND AGGRESSIVE WEST VIRGINIA CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
As West Virginia criminal defense lawyers, we handle misdemeanor, felony, DUI and DMV issues, federal, traffic, DVP and domestic violence, juvenile, expungements, and student misconduct cases throughout West Virginia.
We are dedicated criminal lawyers who have more than two decades of combined experience handling thousands of criminal cases.
Our lawyers have handled some of the most complicated criminal matters in West Virginia, including “castle doctrine” defense homicides, federal drug conspiracies, sexual abuse of minors, meth lab investigations, felony DUI cases with injuries, domestic battery cases with reluctant witnesses, federal prison beatings, and white collar fraud.
Getting arrested for a crime in West Virginia does not necessarily mean you will be convicted or go to jail. Our goal is to first find a way to keep you out of jail and second to keep your record clean. Call us today and let’s see how we can help.
A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO YOUR CASE
Some West Virginia criminal defense lawyers don’t do anything for their clients until the first court date, or in a best case scenario, act only after receiving the police report.
In contrast, we believe in investigating and beginning to work on your case from the moment you hire us. We believe that the most vital window for defense work may be just following an arrest or interview, prior to when formal charges are filed. By getting to work at once, occasionally we can talk to the investigating authorities about working out a pre-arrest agreement, locate favorable defense evidence and witnesses, and/or get a “head start” towards obtaining the best outcome possible. If you have been arrested or are being investigated for a crime, contact us immediately in order to explore the best possible outcome.
KNOWING THE LOCAL COURTS IN WEST VIRGINIA
Every county and every courthouse has its own way of doing things. The criminal court process in Wheeling, for example, differs significantly to how things are handled in Hancock County. Even within counties, the procedures of different courts and different prosecutors vary significantly; Morgantown Municipal Court, for example, is a whole other world from Monongalia County Magistrate Court.
Our West Virginia criminal defense lawyers work day in and day out in the same West Virginia courts. We strive to develop constructive relationships with judges, prosecutors, probation officers, cops, and court staff. Moreover, we know how things work in particular courtrooms, and with particular prosecuting attorneys. We’ve learned whom to talk to, who has discretion, and the most effective ways to get the job done. If the best course of action is to work out an agreement or focus on sentencing, we believe we have the best tools for that strategy.
A PERSONAL CONNECTION WITH YOUR WEST VIRGINIA CRIMINAL LAWYER
Our defense attorneys understand that being accused of a crime can be one of the most traumatic times of your life; facing criminal charges is a horrible thing. And, nothing is more stressful than being unable to reach your attorney.
At the Mountaineer Criminal Law Group, we put a high premium on our clients being able to contact our West Virginia criminal defense lawyers and paralegals. We have found that working closely with our clients is crucial to our work, because our clients are the best resource for understanding what happened and who the key players are in the case. Many times, especially in DUI cases, we remain in contact with our clients for several years following their arrest to make sure they successfully complete the DMV administrative process. We want to hear from you, and you’ll most definitely be hearing from us. Only together can we design the best possible defense.
CONTACT US FOR A FREE CONSULTATION ABOUT THE WEST VIRGINIA DUI CASE
We begin every criminal case in West Virginia the same way, by listening to what you have to say. Ideally, we will sit down in our Morgantown office with you and any witnesses, and let you tell us exactly what happened. We guarantee the police and prosecuting attorneys have full sit-down conferences about your case, and so should you.
CALL US NOW at 304-584-DUI1 or 1-844-748-8384 to schedule a free consultation. Our office is located in the Monongahela Building at 235 High Street, Suite 712, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505. We handle cases throughout West Virginia.