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Categories of Crimes in WV

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Every crime in West Virginia is either categorized as a misdemeanor or a felony. Unlike other states, West Virginia does not have levels or degrees of misdemeanor or felony offenses, with the exception of first and second-degree murder.

A misdemeanor is any crime that carries a penalty of incarceration in jail for up to one year. This includes traffic offenses, simple possession, theft crimes involving up to $1,000, most alcohol-related offenses, first and second offense DUI, assaultĀ and battery, and obstruction.

A felony is any crime that carries a penalty of imprisonment in the penitentiary for at least one year. This includes murder, manslaughter, theft crimes involving more than $1,000, third offense DUI, strangulation, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

At The Moore Law Firm, we have extensive experience in handling all types of misdemeanor and felony offenses in West Virginia. We provide aggressive representation and personal attention.