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WVU Student Who Died at Frat Had .493 Percent BAC

I’ve been following the high-profile, alcohol-related headlines at West Virginia University as both an alum and a Morgantown criminal defense lawyer who handles a high volume of DUI defense, public intoxication and underage drinking cases (and yes, many of those clients are or were current WVU students when I represented them). When news broke that […]

To Disclose a DUI or Not to Disclose a DUI: A Guide

A firefighter in Huntington, West Virginia, was suspended without pay this month after allegedly being charged with a DUI offense. Not a first-time DUI. Not a second-time DUI. Not even a third-time DUI. According to a media report, the DUI charge was the gentleman’s fourth. While I could expound on my experience as a West […]

West Virginia Greek Life Ban Partially Lifted

Here’s a bit of good news out of West Virginia University: The school has partially lifted its ban on sorority and fraternity activity. This Morgantown criminal defense lawyer received his law degree from West Virginia University, so I followed the headlines. First, several members of one of WVU’s fraternities were arrested following an alcohol-fueled, boisterous […]

Bad Grades Could Mean License Suspension in West Virginia

I’m sure at one point or another, every West Virginia parent has pulled their kid aside and given them a This is What Happens If You Don’t Do Well in High School lecture. The lecture includes, but is not limited to the threat of not getting into a good college and the threat of not […]

Don’t Say ‘It’s Just Weed’ – It’s a Serious Drug Charge

In the hierarchy of drugs, many might say that heroin is at the top, followed by substances such as cocaine, crack and Oxycodone (as well as other addictive prescription pills). Marijuana? Not so much? Criminal defense lawyers like myself, though, might disagree. Over the years, I have had myriad people come into my office for […]

Be in the Know: New West Virginia Laws Now in Effect

As a criminal defense lawyer, sometimes you have to give prospective clients a little tough love. I’ve had to tell people, “Ignorance of the law is not a viable defense.” Didn’t know the speed limit was only 35 miles per hour and you were driving 60? That won’t stop a cop from giving you a […]

How to Get a DUI without Even Moving Your Car

This Pittsburgh and Morgantown criminal defense lawyer who focuses on DUI defense has represented hundreds of men and women who’ve been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs – but stories like the one I read recently out of Williamson, West Virginia, still surprise me. Why? Because what happened to Jessica Fish, […]

Don’t Lower Drinking Age, Change ‘Drunk Culture’ on Campuses

It has long been considered one of America’s “party schools,” and West Virginia University (of which I am an alum) has recently been in the news a great deal because of alcohol-related controversies. First there were the riots after the October football game against Baylor University, and then came news that 19 members of WVU […]

Judge Criticizes Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Guidelines

The headline was enough to cause this West Virginia criminal defense attorney stop in his tracks. It read, “Judge Regrets Harsh Human Toll of Minimum Mandatory Sentencing.” He had me at “harsh human toll.” Seriously. The story, published by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, provides great background information about how minimum mandatory sentencing came to be […]

West Virginia Dept. of Transportation Spokesman Charged with DUI

Take it from a West Virginia DUI defense attorney: I’ve represented more than 300 people who have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and it’s never easy. In West Virginia, first-time DUI offenders must attend hearings (and sometimes even alcohol and highway safety classes), pay fines and install ignition-interlock devices […]

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