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  • What Happens at Arraignment?

    Following an arrest or criminal citation, an arraignment is a court proceeding where a defendant is formally advised of the charges against him/her and is asked to enter a plea to the charges (e.g. not guilty, guilty, or no contest). Additionally, courts must advise defendants of certain constitutional rights at arraignment, including the right to legal counsel, the right to trial, and the right ...
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  • What is an Expert Witness?

    In many criminal cases, securing the services of “expert witnesses” to examine evidence, to advise counsel, and to testify at trial is important. An expert can be anyone with extensive knowledge or experience in a unique discipline beyond that of the average layperson. So if scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge is decided to be required to help better understand the evidence or to ...
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  • How Social Media Can Affect Your Criminal Case

    For the last decade, the advancements in technology have changed how we connect with one another. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat have transformed how we share our lives with others. Although these sites are great for connecting with friends and family or for networking opportunities, information a person posts can be used as evidence in criminal ...
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  • Differences Between State & Federal Charges

    There are two types of courts in the United States—state courts and federal courts. Although the U.S. Constitution allows states the power to govern themselves, but when the entire country’s welfare is concerned, federal law overtakes state law—under the “Supremacy Clause” of the U.S. Constitution. The following are the key differences between state and federal charges: Establishment – While state ...
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  • What Happens When My DUI Leads to Someone's Death

    Although a DUI alone is a serious criminal offense, a DUI resulting in someone else’s death is much more severe. In Kansas, there are several laws in the criminal code under which a motorist can be charged and held accountable for the death of another person while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are facing any one of these charges, it is in your best ...
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  • Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney for a Misdemeanor?

    If you’re facing a misdemeanor charge, you’re most likely wondering if it would be in your best interest to hire a criminal defense attorney to represent you or not. Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of handling misdemeanor offenses without hiring an experienced lawyer to be on their side, rather using the service of a public defender or, at worst, represent themselves in the courtroom. ...
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  • How to Avoid a DUI on St. Patrick's Day

    What was once a religious celebration of the patron saint of Ireland in the early 17 th century has now evolved into one of the most popular drinking holidays of the year. But beneath all of the festivities and joy lies a real threat—drunk driving. St. Paddy’s Day is known for being one of the deadliest holidays in America. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), ...
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  • How a DUI Conviction Can Affect Employment

    A DUI conviction can result in jail time, fines, and license suspension. Additionally, it can also have a negative impact on your career and future employment opportunities. This article is an overview of the potential consequences of DUI in regard to employment. The Effects of a DUI Conviction When Looking for Work Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers cannot discriminate against an ...
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  • Can You Get a DUI in Kansas for Sleeping in Your Car?

    After a night of heavy drinking, many people choose to sleep in their cars as an alternative to drunk driving. While this may appear to be a good idea, law enforcement authorities do not think so. According to Kansas law, a DUI is defined as operating or attempting or operate any vehicle while over the legal limit of .08 or while alcohol impaired to a degree which renders the driver incapable of ...
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  • Will a Juvenile Crime Stay on My Criminal Record for the Rest of My Life?

    Sometimes a mistake we made in our youth can become an embarrassment when we reach adulthood. In addition, these type of incidents can become public after law enforcement gets involved. But can a juvenile offense stay on your criminal record forever? The short answer is “not really.” Kansas law allows a juvenile adjudication to be expunged. Recently, state statutes also changed to allow immediate ...
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  • Common Mistakes to Avoid after a DUI Arrest

    After a DUI arrest in Kansas, it is normal to feel scared, frustrated, and confused, especially if it is your first time. Still, it is critical to remain calm and focused on the steps you have to take in order to obtain the best results possible. In the absence of a clear mind, it can be easy to make several mistakes that end up negatively affecting your case. The following are the most common DUI ...
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  • Benefits of Hiring a Former Prosecutor

    When determining a legal representative after getting arrested for or charged with a criminal offense, you may be wondering what credentials you should look for. While you should obtain counsel from a lawyer who has an exceptional track record of success in defending criminal cases, keep in mind the benefits of also having someone with prosecution experience. A prosecutor is an attorney who ...
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  • Defenses for DUI

    There are a number of DUI defenses that an experienced criminal defense attorney can raise to help you get the best possible outcome in your DUI case. However, not all will apply. With more than 30 years of combined legal experience practicing in both Kansas and Missouri, our Kansas City criminal defense attorneys at Rokusek Stein Law, LLC can evaluate your case and determine all of your legal ...
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  • Your Rights during a Traffic Stop

    There are many reasons why a law enforcement officer may pull you over. Drivers get pulled over when an officer believes that he or she has committed some traffic violation, such as speeding or changing lanes without using the turn signal. Whatever the reason may be, drivers have certain rights when they are pulled over. All drivers need to be familiar with their statutory and constitutional ...
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  • Understanding Ignition Interlock in Kansas

    In an effort to reduce repeat offenders of repeat DUI offenders, while allowing them to retain their driving privileges, an ignition interlock restriction can be imposed that requires the use of an ignition interlock device (IID) on any vehicle operated by the offender for the duration of the restriction. The following are certain types of individuals who require an IID in Kansas: Anyone who has a ...
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