If the person accused of a crime cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed by the court. The defendant should ask for a lawyer when he or she is questioned by the police or, if no questioning has occurred, at his or her first court appearance.
If the person accused can afford an attorney, he or she should hire one as soon as possible. Information about attorneys can be obtained from the Yellow Pages in the phone book or from the West Virginia State Bar Association.
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