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Blog Posts in 2017

  • Prescription Drug Crimes: What You Need to Know

    Prescription drugs are not legal for everyone. If you are not prescribed a medication by a doctor, you can go to jail, pay fines, and be convicted of various crimes associated prescription medication. Both Kansas and Missouri have laws related to the unlawful use of prescription drugs. Furthermore, the states have implemented laws regarding the regulation of prescribed medication and exactly who ...
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  • When Juveniles Are Tried in Adult Court

    There are some cases involving juvenile offenders that are serious enough to be transferred to adult criminal court. In most states, a youth offender must be at least 17 years of age to be tried as an adult. There are a number of states in which minors as young as 13 years old. A few states, such as Kansas, Arkansas, and Washington, allow any minor who has committed a serious crime like murder to ...
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  • Gun Crimes & Your Rights

    Kansas, Missouri, and the United States Constitutions guarantee the right to bear arms. Adults in Kansas and Missouri do not need a permit to purchase a firearm or carry a concealed gun . Those who are not allowed to have guns include: Those convicted of felonies specified under the criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon statue if they have been convicted within the last five to ten ...
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  • Avoid a DUI This Holiday Season

    The holiday season is associated with joy and love. Many Americans will be celebrating the fall and winter months surrounded by family, friends, food, holiday cheer, and even alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents and fatalities increase substantially during this time of year, starting off with the night before Thanksgiving and ending in the early hours of New Year’s Day. ...
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  • Can I Be Accused of Assault If It Was Self-Defense?

    There are many cases where someone who used self-defense ended up being charged with assault. But, fortunately, with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, a defendant may be able to get their entire case dismissed. Remember, when self-defense is used as a defense strategy, it also means that the accused is admitting that he or she committed the crime, but has the justification that ...
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  • Should I Submit to a Field Sobriety Test?

    In Missouri, field sobriety tests are a way for police officers to observe the balance, physical ability and attention level of a person whose been pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. Officers typically record these field sobriety tests as evidence in a DUI case. Unfortunately, many drivers are unaware of their rights and feel pressured to submit to these kinds of tests. If you’re pulled ...
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  • 4 Questions to Ask Your Attorney During Your First Consultation

    If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you need the services of a good criminal defense lawyer, but how do you find the right one? By asking the right questions . You need someone who has the experience and proven track record to help you with your unique case, whether it’s for driving under the influence, drug possession or assault and battery. Below are a few important questions you ...
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  • Should I Hire an Attorney To Fight My Traffic Ticket?

    When most people receive a ticket for speeding or driving without insurance, they pay it. It’s easier to send in a payment than go to court and fight, however, there may be far-reaching ramifications that you may not be aware of. Consequences such as points on your record and higher insurance rates can result in troubles that won’t go away until years later. This is why you should hire an attorney ...
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  • How Bail Bonds Work

    If you or a loved one has been arrested for a crime, especially a serious offense, you will most likely need to secure a bail bond to be released from custody. Most people are familiar with bail bonds from television shows, movies, and commercials. What is a Bail? Bail means the release of a defendant or arrestee after an arrest and before the end of a criminal case. The defendant or arrestee ...
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  • What to Do When Facing False Sexual Assault Allegations

    False sexual assault allegations can tarnish reputations, ruin relationships, end businesses and jobs, sever ties with an educational institution and even result in jail time. It is easy to make false accusations and many people do it, whether it’s a child who wants attention or an adult who is seeking revenge. With so much on the line, it is important you know what steps to take in order to ...
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  • Defenses for Possession of Marijuana

    Although marijuana laws have lessened around the United States, Kansas still treats marijuana possession, cultivation, as well as sales or distribution as a serious criminal offense. A conviction can result in lengthy jail or prison sentences, expensive fines, and severe damage to your personal and professional reputation. Fortunately, there are several ways to defend against a marijuana-related ...
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  • Penalties for Probation Violation

    Probation is when a defendant stipulates to specific conditions and requirements in order to avoid further jail time. However, being on probation does not mean the defendant was not sentenced to a prison term. Upon being placed on probation, a defendant is sentenced to imprisonment, and then that sentence is suspended, or placed on hold. While the sentence is in suspension, it is the defendant’s ...
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  • Can I Refuse a Breath Test?

    Kansas law requires that you take a breath , blood, or urine test in the event of a DUI arrest. According to the “implied consent” law, if you are lawfully arrested by a police officer who has probable cause to believe that you have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, then you automatically consent to taking a chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine in order to determine ...
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  • What to Wear to Court

    A first impression in court to a judge, the jury, the bailiff, the courtroom staff and even the prosecution is never something to ignore. Since a defendant often never testifies at trial, what one wears and what one carries to court are often scrutinized closely. Furthermore, one’s facial expressions and overall demeanor are also important. Although it may be obvious to some, there are specific ...
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  • Defenses Against Charges of Domestic Violence

    Have you been accused of domestic violence ? In many cases, law abiding citizens face false accusations and find themselves in deep trouble with the law. While you are innocent until proven guilty, even mere allegations can make you appear guilty in the eyes of the media and public. A strong domestic violence defense is imperative in protecting your rights, reputation, and freedom. The following ...
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