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About William Adams

I am the founder and owner of Adams Legal Group, PLLC, a Morgantown WV personal injury and medical malpractice law firm founded on the principles of integrity and dedication to serving our clients'. We are a general practice law firm and in addition to personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and car accident matters, we also handle business litigation and transactions, as well as divorce and custody matters.

It’s Time To Get Serious About Seat Belt Laws – West Virginia Seat Belt Laws

West Virginia Accident Brings Into Question Failure to Use Seat Belt

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by | September 22, 2015 · 1:00 pm

Doctors and Pharmacists Held Liable for Their Patient’s Criminal Conduct

For the time being and until a new law officially takes effect on May 25, 2015, doctors and pharmacists may be held liable for damages stemming from illegal activity committed by those patients who abuse prescription drugs and claim that the doctors and pharmacists were negligent in prescribing the drug to which they became addicted in the first place. Continue reading

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by | July 30, 2015 · 10:31 am

24-year old Jacob McClain Killed in Lewis County WV Logging Accident

24-year old Jacob McClain was killed in a logging accident in Lewis County, West Virginia, when a large tree the company was cutting fell in an unexpected direction and landed on top of him. Continue reading

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by | July 30, 2015 · 10:04 am

Jeffrey Goldhammer and Stevie Nickels Killed In Separate Automobile Accidents

56-year old Jeffrey Goldhammer was killed in an automobile accident Sunday, May 10 around 2 p.m. at the 160 mile marker of Interstate 79 when a vehicle, a 2006 Honda driven by 20-year old Jenna Boyd lost control, crossed over into the other lane and struck his vehicle, a 2016 Ford Fusion traveling north. Goldhammer died at Ruby Memorial Hospital of his injuries. Continue reading

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by | May 18, 2015 · 3:33 pm

Christopher McClure and Adrianna Cole Killed in Head-On Automobile Accident In Morgantown, WV

Christopher McClure, 28 of Fairmont and Adrianna Cole, 20 of Morgantown were killed in a head on automobile accident at 10:35 p.m. Friday, April 19 2015 on Interstate 68 between the Sabraton and University Avenue exits. McClure was driving a 2007 Ford Explorer in the wrong direction on Interstate 68 when it sideswiped an oncoming vehicle and then struck Cole head on. Both McClure and Cole were pronounced dead on the scene. Continue reading

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by | May 13, 2015 · 11:34 am

Cheat Lake Elementary School – New Standards-Based Grading: Every Kid Gets a Trophy

My son came home with his first report card for the 2014-2015 5th-grade year at Cheat Lake Elementary School, in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV. Although, we had been forewarned about the new standards-based grading approach, I was still utterly miffed in reviewing his report card. Filled with “MS” (meets standards) and “AS” (approaching standards) in all grade areas and multiple “objectives” identified under each, quite frankly, it makes absolutely no sense . . . . or should I say, it is complete nonsense. Apparently, this grand grading experiment is the school board’s equivalent of “every kid gets a trophy.” Continue reading


by | November 5, 2014 · 9:37 am

WVU Wins Big On Football Field – Loses Big On Streets of Morgantown

West Virginia University beat the 4th ranked Baylor Bears last night, at Mylan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, WV, which was a tremendous win for WVU football. Unfortunately, the huge win was overshadowed by the conduct of the WVU students who took to rioting in the streets of Morgantown in celebration of the victory. Police were forced to use tear gas and pepper spray to handle the situation. Numerous WVU students were involved in setting fires, overturning dumpsters, pushing over street lights, and pulling down stop signs. People were throwing rocks and beer bottles at police officers. Continue reading

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West Virginia Concealed Carry Gun Laws

I recently had a client who was charged with a minor criminal offense for carrying an unloaded pistol, in a case, in his vehicle.  Insofar as I have done this myself on various occasions, I admittedly had to conduct some research, speak with law enforcement, and review the laws – both to determine why he was charged and to ensure my understanding of and compliance with the laws.

**Please note, that this blog is meant as a primer on some of the most common concealed carry laws and issues in the state of West Virginia and is not a comprehensive review of all pertinent rules, exceptions and peculiarities. This is a quick review and is not a substitute for knowing the laws, including those of some local municipalities (e.g. Charleston and Martinsburg, et al.).

What are the Concealed Carry Laws in West Virginia?

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by | February 21, 2013 · 10:40 pm

Arrested? Police Failed to “Read You Your Rights”? What Next?

What happens if the police make an arrest and fail to “read you your rights”?

Many people believe that if the police do not read them their Miranda rights, then the arrest and charges will not stick and that they will get off or otherwise prevail. Unfortunately, despite the dramatization by Hollywood to the contrary, this is usually not the case.

Do the Police Have to Read You Your Rights?

The simple answer to this question is no, the police are not required to read you your rights in every situation. Continue reading

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Welcome Back WVU Students

West Virginia University and Morgantown, WV saw an influx of 30,000 or so students, as the 2012-2013 WVU school year gets underway. It is always an exciting time around Morgantown, as most businesses, the city and the University are bustling with activity and commerce. It is also an anxious and exciting time for students, some of whom have left the confines and patriarchal control of their parents home for the first time. As this freedom meets with ample opportunities to explore this great city of Morgantown, WV, we at Adams Legal Group, PLLC hope that most of the new students find constructive outlets for this freedom and to burn off the stress and anxiety of all of the new challenges faced under these conditions.

Unfortunately, the reality sometimes becomes that some students take this new freedom and find opportunities for anxiety- and stress-relief in drinking and partying, instead of burning it off through a good long hike up at Coopers’ Rock in this gorgeous late-Summer & Fall weather. As WVU students bustled into Morgantown WV last weekend, unfortunately the WVU police, the Morgantown City police and the Monongalia County Sheriffs office was confronted with a bustle of activity and arrests. Hundreds of arrests have been made in the past week, already, mostly for public intoxication, obstruction, underage drinking, DUIs, and possession charges. While it is great to be social and find different outlets for social engagement and stress relief, we urge students to exercise prudence in moderating their behavior within legal limits. Keep Morgantown safe for you, your fellow students, and all the members of this great city – don’t drink and drive, moderate your drinking within reasonable limits, be respectful of establishments, other patrons and law enforcement.

IF you are one of the unfortunate WVU students to find yourself in trouble with law enforcement and charged with one of the above offenses – we at Adams Legal Group, PLLC can help! CALL US TODAY for your free consultation at (304) 381-2166 or visit us at Morgantown Criminal Lawyers for WVU Students

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