Category Archives: West Virginia

Fatal Crash Reported Near Parkersburg, WV

On Wednesday afternoon at around 2:00 p.m., on November 15, 2017, a two-car accident was reported on Route 2/Emerson Avenue, near Valley Mills Road.  The accident has been reported as a head-on collision, when one vehicle, being driven by James S. Walraven, age 41, crossed the center/median and drove into oncoming traffic.

Sadly, the accident resulted in a reported fatality to Mr. Walraven, who authorities state may have suffered a medical emergency that precipitated the accident. The other vehicle involved in the collision was driven by Robert Christie, age 63, from Parkersburg, WV, who survived the crash and was reported as being alert and responsive at the scene of the accident. He was taken for medical treatment.

Adams Legal Group, PLLC is a law firm located in Morgantown, WV that offers personal injury and wrongful death legal services on a contingent fee basis. We happily provide free consultations and in most accident, injury, and death cases, we do not charge anything, unless and until we obtain a recovery on behalf of our client. If you or a loved one suffered an injury or loss as a result of an accident, and wish to discuss your rights to compensation, please call us for a free consultation, or visit our website accident page for more information about our legal services.

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by | November 16, 2017 · 2:23 pm

WVU Mascot Arrested For DUI

On October 27, Troy Clemens, the West Virginia University Mountaineer Mascot, was arrested for driving under the influence. Clemens was speeding on Stewartstown Road when a deputy pulled him over. The deputy smelled alcohol on Clemens’ breath and had him perform multiple sobriety tests, which Clemens failed. Clemens was charged with a misdemeanor driving under the influence.

Adams Legal Group, PLLC is a general practice law firm in Morgantown, WV and one of our practice areas is criminal defense. The attorneys at Adams Legal Group, PLLC have experience providing criminal defense services in Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV, as well as surrounding areas, for criminal misdemeanor and felony cases, including DUI/DWI, and all sorts of criminal charges involving alcohol and drugs. We also have helped out many West Virginia University students, facing student conduct board hearings at WVU, in conjunction with criminal charges brought against them.

Visit Adams Legal Group, PLLC’s website at Adams Legal Group, PLLC Criminal Law Services to review our criminal law services that we offer. Also, please feel free to call (304)381-2166 for a free consultation.

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by | November 16, 2017 · 1:54 pm

Kayla Decker Killed in Motorcycle Crash In West Virginia

17-year old Fairmont Senior High School student Kayla Decker was killed while riding as a passenger on the motorcycle driven by her brother Jonathan. State Troopers at the scene of the crash said that Decker failed to yield to oncoming traffic when he pulled out near the intersection of Route 7 and Pedlar Run Road and was struck by an SUV. The accident which happened Sunday afternoon is currently under investigation and no charges are pending as of yet. Kayla was pronounced dead at the scene and Jonathan is in stable condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Where do you start to try and make sense of a motorcycle accident like this? One can only think of the poor parents who are sure to be overwrought with guilt over letting their young son drive a motorcycle and especially over letting him take the sister for a ride on it. Life if fragile and it takes just the slightest miscalculation when riding on a motorcycle to cause the death of a loved one and a lifetime of misery for the survivors of such a tradgedy. Out hearts and prayers go out to the poor survivors of this family tradgedy.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you may have a case against the driver of the other vehicle whose negligence may have caused the collision, either totally or partially, please give us a call so that we can investigate and determine the facts of the accident to see whether we can obtain compensation for your losses. The attorneys at Adams Legal Group, PLLC are experienced in handling car, truck and motorcycle accidents and cases involving severe injuries and deaths. Please visit our WV & PA Accident Lawyers page and complete our contact form on that page for a free consultation on your case.

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by | October 20, 2015 · 2:23 pm

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

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

New Year’s Resolution: Expunge My West Virginia Criminal Record!

As we begin a New Year, most Americans make a resolution to improve ourselves in areas such as health, finances, employment, or education. However, if you have a prior criminal record in West Virginia, that history may be holding you back in improving your employment and educational opportunities. The good news is that some criminal records in West Virginia can be permanently expunged. Continue reading

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by | December 29, 2014 · 4:51 pm

DVPO Basics: Restoration of Firearm Rights

Courts throughout the State of West Virginia issue Domestic Violence Protective Orders daily, in both magistrate courts and family courts, which often affect a person’s right to own or possess a firearm. A Court issues a Domestic Violence Protective Order — known for short as “DVPO” — when it has good cause to believe that domestic violence or abuse has happened or is likely to happen between family/household members or between intimate partners. If a Court orders a DVPO, then the individual who is the Respondent is prohibited from contact with the individual or individuals named as the Petitioner in the DVPO. Continue reading

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by | November 10, 2014 · 9:42 am

First Time Pot Possession: What’s Next?

A recent article in The Charleston Gazette noted that for many years in West Virginia, there were more arrests related to marijuana than for all other drugs combined. In 2012 alone, there were approximately 3,700 arrests for possession of marijuana in West Virginia. Why so many arrests in West Virginia for possession of marijuana? Continue reading

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by | October 29, 2014 · 8:08 pm

WVU Students: Tips for Suspension and Expulsion Hearings

In a recent article featured in The Huffington Post, the author wrote about West Virginia University by stating, “Students and fans at one of the top party schools in the country won a big football game Saturday. So they lit some fires and flipped a car.”

Unfortunately for the West Virginia University community, the idea of students who love to set fires and flip over cars has become almost a tradition of sorts. What many students and their parents may not know, however, is that a student from West Virginia University who participates in these activities may face suspension or expulsion from school. This outcome is life-changing as suspension or expulsion may affect your ability to finish your college degree or secure gainful employment.

Student Disciplinary Hearings – Suspension and Expulsion Hearings

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by | November 1, 2013 · 12:08 pm

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