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  • Criminal Defense

    The latest posts for Criminal Defense are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Drug Crimes

    The latest posts for Drug Crimes are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • An Overview of Kansas Marijuana Laws

      Although states throughout the country, such as Colorado and California, have decided to legalize recreational marijuana , Kansas still considers cannabis to be a controlled substance that residents are not allowed to use recreationally. Furthermore, Kansas doesn’t even consider medicinal marijuana legal, despite the fact that half the states do allow cannabis for medical purposes. Possession of ...

    DUI

    The latest posts for DUI are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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), ...
    • 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 ...

    Expungement

    The latest posts for Expungement are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Federal Criminal Defense

    The latest posts for Federal Criminal Defense are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • Facing Federal Charges

      So what can you do when you discover that your worst nightmare just came true? The feds are on your doorstep arresting you on a federal indictment. You are facing a lengthy prison sentence and you feel paralyzed. What do you do? Be proactive. The first step is to find an experienced federal defense attorney to help you from the start. Even if you have not had time to reach out, do not speak to the ...

    Firm News

    The latest posts for Firm News are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • Attorney Jacquelyn Rokusek Named in the Nation's Top One Percent

      Rokusek Stein Law, LLC is proud to announce that Founding Attorney Jacquelyn E. Rokusek has once again been recognized for excellence by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. For her uncommon prowess and success in the criminal defense arena, Attorney Rokusek has been named in the 2016 "The Nation's Top One Percent" list. It is the mission of the National Association of Distinguished ...

    Gun Laws

    The latest posts for Gun Laws are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...

    Sex Crimes

    The latest posts for Sex Crimes are listed below.
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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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