Criminal laws are meant to deter crimes from happening in the first place, as least as much as they are intended to punish those who commit them and/or protect the public. Welcome to FindLaw's section on the criminal laws and penalties in the state of West Virginia, with legalese-free descriptions of the law. In this section, you'll find articles addressing a wide range of crimes in the state, from telemarketing fraud and Ponzi schemes to sexual assault and murder. In addition, you'll learn about the state's drug laws and the criminal statute of limitations. Click on a link below to learn more about West Virginia's criminal laws.