Charles Town DUI Lawyer
Charles Town West Virginia DUI Lawyer
James T. Kratovil
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Charles Town West Virginia DUI Lawyer - James T. Kratovil
211 W. Washington St.
Charles Town, WV 25414
- Berkeley County, WV
- Jefferson County, WV
- Criminal Law - State
Kratovil & Amore PLLC
Charles Town, West Virginia’s, Multi-Service Law Offices
In today’s society, there are many reasons you might need a lawyer. Whether you have been injured in an accident, are being harassed by creditors, have been charged with a criminal offense, have decided to file bankruptcy, or want to draft a will, the multi-service law firm of Kratovil & Amore PLLC, is your choice for attorneys. We offer clients more than thirty-five years of combined experience, practicing in the areas of personal injury litigation, bankruptcy, criminal defense, consumer protection, civil litigation, and family estate planning.
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Senior attorneys James Kratovil and Aaron Amore understand how stressful it can be when you need a lawyer. In more than thirty-five years of combined legal practice, there aren’t too many types of cases that we haven’t handled. We have learned that no two cases or clients are ever alike, so we take the time to listen and to get to know you.
Call the multi-service law office of Kratovil & Amore PLLC when you need a lawyer in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. We’ll schedule a free consultation to discuss your needs. We take the time to listen, before putting our experience to work for you.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Jim attended Point Park College and earned a BA in Political Science. In 1976, he earned his J.D. from California Western School of Law. Jim then moved to central West Virginia where he provided legal counsel to clients as a solo practitioner for 15 years. Jim established himself as a prominent leader in legal community. He served as an Assistant Prosecutor, became active on Disability law and mental health law. Jim moved his practice to Charles Town, WV in 1991 and established Kratovil Law Office. In 2003, he partnered with Aaron Amore to form Kratovil & Amore, PLLC
Jim lives in Charles Town, WV with his wife Bonnie Kratovil who is a retired family court judge. Jim enjoys hiking, golf, biking, poker and reading and is a enthusiastic fan of the 2006 Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Areas of Practice
- Bankruptcy Law
- Business Organizations
- Civil Litigation
- Construction Law
- Consumer Protection
- Criminal Law
- Estate Planning
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Personal Injury
- Professional Malpractice Law
- Real Estate Law
- Traffic Violations
- White Collar Crimes
- West Virginia, 1976
- Maryland, 1996
- U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia, 1976
- U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1976
- U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1996
- U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1981
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
- California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, 1976
- >Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Honors: Cum Laude
Major: Political Science
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Type of Cases Our Firm Handles
I handle many types of cases to bench and jury trials including DUI, Criminal and Traffic.
We Think You Should Hire Us If:
You want a lawyer who will personally handle your file and will be available for consultation afternoons, evenings and weekends. I will fairly evaluate your case and determine the most favorable course. I will not hesitate to go to trial on your case; that decision, however, will ultimately be yours.
Our Firm is Not Right For You If:
You are looking for a lawyer who will only tell you what you want to hear. I will work with you to honestly assess the facts of the case.
If You Want to Tell Our Law Firm About Your Situation You Should:
I personally communicate with you whenever possible. If I am in Court when you call, you can leave a message. I personally guarantee you will hear back from me in 24-hours, or less - most often, much less. My office phone is 304-728-7718.
The Typical Cost to Get Us To Start Working on Your Case is:
The cost varies depending on the allegation and facts of the case. A fee will be quoted at our initial consultation.
Our Clients Will Tell You That:
My level of experience, knowledge of the law, and personal familiarity with the judges, prosecutors, and system is a great advantage. In addition my personal and regular contact with clients, availability and involvement with every aspect of the case bring the most favorable results.
Our Philosophy On How We Approach Our Cases is:
Depending on the type of case I like to find out as much as I can about the facts of the case and talk to anyone who can help our defense. At that time we can discuss our options. The stronger our defense appears to the prosecutor, the better our chances are of getting a favorable result.
If You Want to Learn More About Our Firm You Should:
During our free initial consultation I will answer any questions. Please call 304-728-7718.
Do You Need a Lawyer?
Every state has some sort of "drunk driving" statute. The term "drunk driving" is in quotes because none of these laws require that you be "drunk" or "intoxicated" to be guilty. All that is required is that your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired to any extent at all or that your Blood alcohol level exceeds the state limit (which is now .08% in all states). Some states call it DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), but it refers to the same offense. The consequences of differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by your age, blood alcohol limit (BAC), whether you have been arrested for in the past, and whether you caused injury or death during the .
A Lawyer can help...
Assess your legal situation
An experienced Defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. A lawyer mostly deals with matters and knows the process inside and out – including options that a public defender may not tell you.
Explain the consequences
The consequences of a vary greatly from state to state and a lawyer will be able to explain how those consequences in your state apply to you such as (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for , (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state's motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, and (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.
Manage the process
Dealing with the motor vehicle department can be frustrating and time consuming. A Lawyer can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.
Represent you in court
An experienced Lawyer knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.
Don't know if a Lawyer is right for you? Here are some general guidelines:
Definitely hire a Lawyer if you already have several 's and receive another; or if your arrest was the result of an accident or if anyone was injured; or if you are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.
Seriously consider hiring a Lawyer if you've been arrested for a second (in the same or another state) or were arrested with a BAC limit over double the legal limit as harsher penalties may apply.
You might want to hire a Lawyer if you don't understand your rights or laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face. You also might want legal representation if you are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don't know the requirements, then you need expert advice before handling the case yourself.