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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Can I Apply for a Hardship License?

    In Kansas, drivers are allowed to apply for a limited driving privilege (hardship) license if your driver’s license has been suspended for at least one year. The hardship license gives suspended drivers partial restoration of driving privileges for the purposes of commuting to and from work, school, and/or alcohol treatment programs. There are a few different situations in which you could be ...
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  • How Do I Get My License Back After a DUI?

    In Kansas, there are two separate proceedings initiated when an individual is cited for a DUI . While a person is being prosecuted in the criminal justice system, a civil administrative suit is brought by the Kansas Department of Revenue against his or her driver’s license. Keep in mind, neither case has any bearing on the other. Once an individual has been read the implied consent notice, been ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 3 Ways a BAC Breathalyzer Test Can Be Wrong

    Although they are commonly used to test for impairment, breathalyzers are far less reliable than many people think. There are many, many different ways for the results of a breathalyzer test to be incorrect; in this blog, our Kansas City DUI lawyer takes a look at three common issues that may lead to inaccurate results. Arrested in Kansas City or the surrounding areas? Call (913) 583-0465 today ...
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