There are a number of traffic offenses that are charged as crimes, in Johnson County and across Kansas. Here, unlike some other states, there are stiff penalties traffic crimes. The top charges and the consequences are:
Kansas Traffic Offenses & Your Commercial Drivers’ License
Kansas does not treat traffic offense involving a commercial vehicle different from one involving a personal vehicle. That means you cannot have your traffic ticket amended or diverted where a criminal traffic offense occurs. Depending on your charges, you may have an automatic suspension of your CDL license and face jail time.
Didn't Know Your License Was Suspended
Your license may have been suspended and didn't even know it. This can happen because you:
Habitual Traffic Offender Penalties
Kansas has a Habitual Offender Act, where when you reach the third offenses (of any combination of driving w/suspended license, reckless driving, driving w/o insurance or DUI), in a five year period, your license will be automatically revoked for three years. Should you continue to drive while your license is revoked you will be facing at least the mandatory 90 days of jail time (per additional offense), increased fines and the three year revocation status will restart.
Kansas Hardship License
Under the law, anyone who is suspended for 1 year is presumed eligible to apply for a restricted license. Approval is not a guaranteed right. This limited restricted license gives suspended drivers partial restoration of driving privileges for the purposes of getting to and from work, school or alcohol treatment programs. To get this license you must apply by:
If you have come to this blog because you are facing a criminal charge, in Kansas, related to the drug cocaine we can help. First, let us tell you that we realize that your case is unique and important to you. Second, we understand that you know that the consequences are great, and could impact your life long term. Finally, we work closely with our clients to determine the possible defense strategies. When you are facing a cocaine possession and/or distribution charge you should know the following:
1. A deserve a lawyer that listens to you.
Your initial consultation may feel overwhelming because of the number of questions you will be asked. Make sure that you have an open and honest conversation during this time. Remember:
Finding out what you are facing is crucial. You can find out what the District Attorney has by requesting discovery. This will also give you the opportunity to file motions (ex. Motion to Suppress), demand additional evidence and make important decisions about the plan for your case. Better even, you can talk to witnesses, go to the alleged crime scene, get evidence tested, etc. Your lawyer can do that for you.
3. The law can work for you.
You have Constitutional rights that are meant to protect you. These rights are most important when you are facing such serious charges. The catch is that you often must know that your rights have been violated, request the court to honor/correct it (via motions, hearing and/or objections), and continue to fight this battle should your case go to trial.
4. Weigh your risks.
Giving statements. Consenting to searches. Admitting to crimes. Meeting with the District Attorney alone. Agreeing to plea deals without legal advice. And many more risks must be carefully taken. Most of the time, any one of, those will work against your own interests. You need to take calculated, strategic risks. Always keep in mind that your freedom and future are what you are playing with.
5. Consider all of your options.
Before you make any decisions about your case you should speak to an experienced Kansas criminal attorney. It is possible to handle a case alone but, that likely isn't the best idea. Our office excepts payments, all major credit cards and offers a free consultation. Your freedom is priceless and so is your future. Call us today @ 913.602.7288. Payment plans are available.
It is possible that you are reading this because you, or someone you know, have a pending criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, in Kansas. This charge is common in Johnson County and across the state of Kansas. It stems from having products or materials that are intended for or designed for drug use, manufacturing, or otherwise introducing the substance into the human body.
You probably already know that this is usually charged as a misdemeanor but, don't let that fool you. While lesser than a distribution or manufacturing charge, it carries serious consequences, to include:
An accident where the driver was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is one that has many consequences, in Kansas:
Facing a Johnson County, Kansas probation violation or revocation? It is likely that when you were given probation, after being in jail or instead of it, you were relieved. As you should have been. However, what many struggle with are the conditions surrounding probation. A probation violation and revocation charge is a serious one, for several reasons:
Shocking news reached our office this week. A Kansas woman, traveling on Interstate 435, was killed while driving her car. This accident happened in southeast Kansas City, Kansas. According to reports, she was struck by a semi-truck, pulling a trailer. Her car was then slammed into a guardrail, flung back onto the highway, and then she was struck by a dump truck. Sadly, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Each of the three insurance companies (the deceased driver's, the semi-truck driver's and the dump truck driver's) will likely attempt to shift the fault to the other. To complicate things further, each insurance company will have attorneys fighting to protect their money. In these traggic cases, of wrongful death, it is very possible that they even may try to place 100% of the blame on the, now deceased, driver of the car; therefore, stripping her family of deserving compensation. Trucking accidents are unique, in a number of ways. This family, and you (should you be involved in a similar occurrance) should act quickly and know the following:
FAULT - Truck Accidents
Those using public and private roads owe a duty of care to those sharing the road with them. This duty extends to pedestrians and cyclists too. Some ways that a driver can violate this duty by acting negligently. Examples of negligent acts include:
Negligence is defined as the failure of a person, company, government agency or other entity to operate or function with the same level of care that another responsible party would use in the same circumstances.
Like most accidents, the injuries can range from minor to major. There is a great possibility of serious injury, even catastrophic injury, where large truck are involved (i.e. semi-trucks, 16 wheelers, trailer trucks, moving trucks, construction/cargo trucks, commercial trucks, etc...). The size, speed, weight and other conditions combined often result in many of the following injuries:
What are the damages you may be entitled to compensation for?
If you, or your loved one, suffered from an truck-related injury, you may be entitled to the following:
How long will your case take to be resolved?
Resolving a personal injury case can be as short as several days, or as long as several years. There are many factors that go into determining how long a personal injury claim can take to resolve, and Attorney T.Morton can adequately explain these factors to you. Contact us for your free consultation 913.602.7288 or complete this FORM.
Drug charges, in Kansas, have very serious consequences. Depending on the circumstance you may be facing a misdemeanor or felony. Besides the potential jail time, you may have significant fines, fees and other penalties. Furthermore, your future will likely be forever damaged (ex. criminal record, loss of professional license). Some common drug charges include:
You are probably sure that somehow your rights were violated during a stop, investigation or arrest. You think may it is too late to do anything about it and that you will likely be convicted of the crime Kansas law enforcement has charged you with. But wait! Under the law you can request that any evidence obtained, in violation of your constitutional rights, not ever be heard by the jury. This is called suppressing evidence. Suppression motions may be used where:
Under Kansas criminal law disorderly conduct is a crime. This is where you are accused of doing something to violate the peace of the public. This charge is most often brought where the following have occurred:
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