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  • Is it Legal to Open Carry in Kansas?

    If you own or wish to own a firearm in Kansas, you should know the laws when it comes to gun possession, carry, and use. This will help you not only keep your weapon safe and reduce the risk of a serious accident, but also help you stay out of trouble with the law. It can be hard to find the truth when it comes to these laws as well, with so many different people offering different explanations or ...
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  • Can Prescription Drugs Lead to DUI Charges?

    Most people know that DUI charges are usually levied when a driver is intoxicated by either alcohol or illegal drugs. However, the law does not say you must be intoxicated by one of these substances, just that you must be impaired in any way. This means you could possibly be arrested and charged with DUI if you are found under the influence of a legal drug as well, including one for which you have ...
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  • How Accurate are Field Sobriety Tests?

    If law enforcement suspect that you are driving under the influence, they cannot simply arrest you on gut feeling, and they cannot force you to take a blood or breath test without your permission. These rights are protected by the Fourth Amendment which pertains to “unreasonable search and seizure.” Essentially what this means is that law enforcement must follow a very strict process in order to ...
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  • Am I Eligible for Expungement?

    When you are convicted of a crime, your conviction will be entered into your criminal history, where it will stay the rest of your life. For some people, criminal convictions can have serious consequences, including compromised ability to seek employment, reduced prospects for things like housing or loans, and many more. As you can imagine, this is extremely debilitating for those who have many ...
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  • Defenses to Federal Drug Charges

    United States Code Title 21 creates the provisions which form our federal drug laws. These charges can be extremely intimidating due to their national nature and the elevated, life-changing penalties a conviction can levy. However, you shouldn’t lose hope; a number of defenses exist that could be the key to you being cleared of charges. You should seek the assistance of a skilled Kansas City drug ...
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  • The Difference Between Misdemeanor & Felony Charges

    All crimes are classified into one of three categories: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Most people have heard these terms before, especially on television when watching the news or their favorite crime drama. While these different terms are fairly well-known, the difference between them isn’t so much. However, this difference could play a huge role in your case, including determining ...
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  • Do I Need a Lawyer at a DMV Hearing?

    If you have been charged with DUI or another traffic offense , chances are that you might have to face not only a court trial, but an administrative or DMV hearing as well. Even if you don’t have a lawyer for your court trial, you will be assigned a public defender to fight your charges and provide you with counsel. Unfortunately, during a DMV hearing, you are on your own, unless you hire a lawyer ...
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  • What Crimes Require You to Register as a Sex Offender?

    If you are convicted of a sex offense in the state of Kansas, depending on the nature of your crime you might be required to register as a sex offender. This means your information (including your address) will be placed into a database that the public can access, and your charges will appear in any background inquiries, including those performed by potential employers. However, not every offense ...
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  • How to Navigate a DUI Checkpoint

    The main goal of DUI checkpoints, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation (DOT) is to ensure that a driver who is drinking believes that they have a much higher chance of being caught. The checkpoint system essentially tries to intimidate people out of drinking and driving to begin with. Unfortunately, once you are going through a DUI checkpoint, you may find yourself arrested and ...
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  • How to Choose a Criminal Defense Attorney

    When you are arrested and charged with a crime, you are granted several rights by the U.S. Constitution. Perhaps the most important of these rights is the right to representation by an attorney, including having one appointed for you if you can’t afford to pay the fees. As a result, you’ll have your choice from thousands of different lawyers who can represent you. So how do you pick the right one ...
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  • What is the "Age of Consent" in Kansas?

    The “age of consent” is the age at which the law considers someone old enough to be able to give informed consent to sexual activity. This means someone below this age is incapable of giving their consent, and therefore sexual intercourse or other sexual activity with someone below this age is automatically considered to be non-consensual. As a result, any sexual acts involving someone below the ...
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  • Is Sex Offender Registration Permanent?

    Sex crimes are extremely serious in nature for a number of reasons. In addition to the immense social stigma attached to these cases as well as the damage to the accused’s reputation (which doesn’t always go away entirely even if they are found completely innocent and the case is dropped), you could face serious penalties if you are convicted, including being required to register as a sex offender ...
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  • NADC Selects Attorney Rokusek to Nation's Top One Percent in 2017

    The National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC) is a premier organization in the United States that rates and reviews legal professionals, awarding those it finds to have the utmost standards and professional histories. By sticking to objective methods that intentionally avoid possible favoritism, the NADC hopes to improve the legal systems in our country overall by promoting and ...
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  • Types of Defense Strategies Used in Murder Cases

    Murder, also known as homicide, is defined as the unlawful killing of another individual. In order to be found guilty of murder, the prosecution must prove that the defendant acted with a required mental state. In first-degree murder, for example, a prosecutor must prove that the defendant premeditated the act and intentionally killed the victim. Many defenses to homicide are formulated around the ...
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  • Wrongfully Accused of Domestic Violence? What Next?

    False accusations of domestic violence can significantly affect every aspect of a person’s life. Even proof of innocence can fail to fix an individual’s life and reputation once he or she has been accused of such crimes. At Rokusek Stein Law, LLC , we have assisted clients facing false allegations of domestic violence for decades. Our Kansas City criminal defense attorneys understand what it takes ...
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