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Kansas courts are taking protecting your health seriously. If you have had police contact, for a minor misdemeanor, you may have been surprised to find that you were not taken into custody. Rather, you probably got a citation. If you have a matter pending in court, you may be surprised to find that the process has delayed or stopped. That is because all Kansas courts are temporarily ordered to cease/slow contact with the public.
“This is an extraordinary measure to match the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chief Justice Marla Luckert. “We have a duty to protect the people who come into our courthouses and courtrooms, as well as our employees and judges. This action allows courts to fulfill core functions while reducing in-person contact.”
Matters that may proceed as necessary generally includes:
This means that all statutory standards and deadlines that typically apply to cases are allowed to be stayed (including speedy trial). Your case cannot be dismissed for lack of prosecution at this time. You are urged to handle your business online, by phone, or by mail. If that’s not possible, you can call the court for direction. A limited number of staff will be available to answer questions.
This does not mean you cannot be arrested during this time. It also does not mean that you will qualify for some impromptu early releases that have happened in the jails and prisons. If you have questions about how this impacts your Kansas criminal case call Attorney T. Morton NOW 913-602-7288.
There are a number of accusations that can cause you to be facing a "sex crime", in Johnson County, and across the state of Kansas. These crimes include:
If you, or your loved one, are charged with any of these crimes know that the consequences are some of the harshest and longest lasting. Do not take finding an attorney lightly. You must hire an attorney, but you might be wondering how to know if you've found the best Kansas sex crimes attorney. We suggest you ask the following:
Be careful not to withhold the truth and depth of the charges you are facing. It is equally important that you not simply price shop. No matter where you are in Kansas, from Olathe to Kansas City, and everywhere in between, sex crimes are serious and require aggressive defense. We are sure you have questions and concerns. Call Attorney T. Morton, Kansas criminal defense lawyer, NOW 913-602-7288.
If you have (or are about to have) your driving privileges suspended in Kansas, we have good news for you. While there is still no "hardship license", there is now a limited/restricted license, after DUI. This provides you with some ability to lawfully drive for things like work, school, treatment programs, emergencies, etc. Keep reading to find out more.
You will likely only be able to drive cars with Ignition Interlock Devices (IID) inside. An IID is installed into your car that prevents your car from starting if you are under the influence. So long as your BAC reads under 0.04 your car will start. Approximately every 15 minutes you must blow into it again to keep your car running. This is how Kansas hopes to ensure that you do not reoffend and/or endanger anyone else. Just know this is an expensive devise and it is required.
This license is not guaranteed. In fact, you must pay an application fee and ask the Kansas Department of Revenue for permission to drive. Your application will be reviewed and either approved or denied. Your Kansas restricted license may be granted so long as:
There is a "waiting period" before you can seek a "hardship" license in Kansas. If your license has already been suspended for one year, or more, you are automatically presumed eligible to apply for a restricted license. If you were suspend for failing a breathalyzer, or DUI conviction, you can apply after 45 days of suspension. A suspension because of refusing to submit to DUI testing requires that you wait 90 days before apply for a restricted license. Although you must wait to apply for a restricted license, in the end it is far better than not having a license at all (or worse driving while restricted).
This license does not come without one more catch. Besides having to apply, pay fees and have an IID, you must agree to added license restriction time. That means, your suspension time will be increased beyond what was ordered/agreed to in court. The length of additional time is based upon your number of prior suspensions, failed tests and/or your blood alcohol level (BAC) at the time of the charge. You will be notified of the time extension at a later date.
It is possible that your personal circumstance does not fit neatly into the information provided above, and that you need a Kansas DUI attorney. We are here to help. Call NOW 913-602-7288.
You may have not known it, until you were charged with the crime, but your license can be suspended for any number of reason in Kansas. Some reasons for suspension include:
If you are reading this because you are consider taking the risk of driving, don't. Kansas law enforcement now have license plate scanners that will tell officers, in an instant, if you're driving under restraint. If you are reading this wondering what the best way to resolve this criminal charge against you, you have come to the right place. Either way you need an attorney. We are always here to help. Call NOW 913-602-7288.
Inside of your house should be the safest place to be. The state of Kansas takes that position seriously, and fiercely protects residents right to privacy and freedom from uninvited guests. While the verbiage "Peeping Tom" does not appear under the criminal code, there are two type of crimes that prohibit you from watching another in any type of activity. Even if you are not viewing someone's intimate activity, you can be charged as a "Peeping Tom" under breach of privacy and/or criminal trespass laws.
Under Kansas breach of privacy statute, it is unlawful to:
Under Kansas criminal trespass, it is unlawful to:
Some activities that you may not know fall under these "Peeping Tom" laws include:
Depending upon your individual circumstances, you may be additionally facing other crimes, such as sex crimes, violation of protection orders, etc. The Kansas prosecutor, upon reviewing the entirety of the circumstances surrounding your charges/arrest may amend the initial complaint and add additional crimes.
There are defenses to breach of privacy and/or criminal trespass (ex. having permission to be viewing someone or to be on their land). There are many more too.
While these are initially misdemeanor charges, there is potential jail time and each are still serious crimes. You should talk to an attorney today. We are here to answer questions and fight for you. Call Attorney T. Morton NOW 913.602.7288.
So you've been charged with a crime and/or arrested in Kansas. The panic has likely passed and you probably are just ready to move on. You have two options - fight your case or take a plea. In walks in the Kansas prosecutor with a "deal" and an opportunity to end this nightmare. You're considering it but, are you sure it is really in your best interest to take the plea bargain? Here are some things to think about before you decide:
Theft is typically a felony charge, in Johnson County, and across the state of Kansas. If you have been charged with this crime you are facing lengthy jail time and thousands of dollars in fines. For that reason you should not take this charge lightly. Here's what you can expect:
JUVENILES CAN BE CHARGED AS ADULTS ACROSS THE STATE OF KANSAS
Typically, in Kansas, when your child (a minor under the age of eighteen) is charged with a crime the matter will be heard in juvenile court. There the court takes a role of "parent" and seeks to rehabilitate rather than punish your child. Juvenile court affords judges greater discretion and intervention options for the young. That is because the law believes our youth will make mistakes (often because of naivete and/or circumstances outside of their control).
However, Section 38-2347(a)(2) of the Kansas Statutes states that, “your child shall be presumed to be an adult,” if:
KANSAS PROSECUTOR'S REQUEST TO REMOVE JUVENILE CHARGE TO ADULT COURT
If it is presumed that your child should be prosecuted as a juvenile under Section 38-2347(a)(1), then prosecutors must show “good cause” for prosecuting him/her as an adult. This will be done through a Motion 328. While the adult prosecution may not be automatic you must be prepared to defend against the prosecution's efforts to remove your child's case from juvenile to adult court.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A JOHNSON COUNTY, KANSAS DEFENSE ATTORNEY
If your child is at risk for being prosecuted as an adult in Kansas, Kansas City juvenile criminal defense Attorney T. Morton can help. To schedule a free consultation CALL NOW 913-602-7288.
So you're planning on going pro se in your Johnson County, Kansas criminal defense case? Here are the things to consider:
The old adage goes, "He who represents himself has a fool for a client." - Abraham Lincoln. Our office is not here to say that you may not believe you can handle your own case. We are not even here to say there may not be circumstances that have led you to this decision (ex. financial). What we want to do is forewarn you that it is likely not the best decision. Your freedom is at risk! Call us NOW 913-602-7288.
If you decide to go pro se anyway, (Click HERE) to link to the Kansas City, Kansas court self-help website.
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