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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in West Virginia

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in West Virginia. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in West Virginia, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in West Virginia. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
Jason Michael Glass
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Clarksburg, WV
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Kevin D Mills
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Martinsburg, WV
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J. Brandon Shumaker
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Morgantown, WV
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Alan Pritt
Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI Lawyer
Charleston, WV
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David A Jividen
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Wheeling, WV
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William S. Adams
Wrongful Death Lawyer
Morgantown, WV
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West Virginia Legal Resources

Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Defense

Criminal Trial Law - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

West Virginia Government and Court Resources

Office of the West Virgina Attorney General

Office of the West Virgina Attorney General - The West Virginia Attorney General's Office, headed by the Attorney General elected by the people, serves as the chief legal officer for the state. This office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing West Virginia in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. The Attorney General plays a pivotal role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a wide array of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Public Defender Services of West Virginia

Public Defender Services of West Virginia - The Public Defender Services of West Virginia (PDSWV) is dedicated to offering legal representation for individuals who cannot afford their own attorneys. Established to uphold constitutional rights, PDSWV provides defense services, legal counsel, and advocacy for those facing criminal charges or legal proceedings. The organization collaborates with skilled attorneys, sets standards for representation quality, and ensures the protection of the right to counsel.

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia - The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia functions as the highest appellate court in the state, primarily tasked with interpreting and applying the law. Its key responsibility involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court addresses a wide range of cases encompassing civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout West Virginia. Furthermore, the Supreme Court of Appeals oversees attorney regulation, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers across the state.

West Virginia Judiciary

West Virginia Judiciary - The West Virginia Judiciary is entrusted with the vital task of administering justice within the state. Its duties include interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters such as child custody. The judiciary operates through various levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Appeals, Circuit Courts, and Family Courts, each serving specific functions in the legal process.

West Virginia Legislature

West Virginia Legislature - The West Virginia Legislature operates under a bicameral system, consisting of the West Virginia Senate and the West Virginia House of Delegates. The Senate has 34 members serving four-year terms, while the House comprises 100 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and economic development. Members of the West Virginia Legislature collaborate to represent the interests and concerns of the state's citizens, ensuring the effective functioning of West Virginia's government.

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