Looking for a criminal defense attorney in Kansas but worried about the cost? Here is the order of cheapest to most expensive criminal defense attorneys:
The cost of a Kansas criminal defense attorney is not the only deciding factor. Their availability, interest in your case, ability to explain things to you in a way you can understand, your comfort with them, your trust in their work, etc. all play an important role. If you would like to discuss your case with Attorney T. Morton call NOW (913) 602-7288. Consultations are free and payment plans are available.
The adage goes, "A fool has himself as a client." Self-representation is highly risky and discouraged but, here are some tips for beating your Kansas criminal case, if you so choose:
While it is not impossible, it is ill-advised to represent yourself in criminal cases. Especially if you are facing jail time, felonies or sex crimes. If you try to beat your case alone and it starts to go wrong (and you will know it) you can all Attorney T. Morton at (913)602-7288 and hire her to step in. Consultations are free and payment plans are available.
Anytime Kansas law enforcement asks your permission to act you should take pause. That is because you are likely giving away a bundle of rights that they otherwise wouldn't automatically have. The same goes for Waivers of Extradition, which can come in a few of forms:
No Kansas lawyer can just clear this up. It has to be resolved by motions, request, objection, hearing or documentation from the Court. You will be brought before the court before you can be bonded. Before you sign or do anything hire an attorney. This office can help. Call NOW (913) 602-7288. Consultations are free and payment plans are available.
Nothing is more scary than facing prison or jail time. Kansas criminal defense lawyers are frequently asked, "Will I go to jail?" The answer is - it depends. Here are some things considered when determining if you will be serve time:
No attorney can promise you what will come of your case. However, quality legal defense is the best way to ensure that all of your rights are protected and you are put in the best position. You need aggressive representation! Call Attorney T. Morton (913) 602-7288 NOW for a free consultation. Payment plans are available.
Being asked to take a lie detector test, as part of Kansas criminal investigation, happens less frequently than in the past. It does happen though. Most frequently in sex crimes and theft cases. Here are some tips on how to beat the test:
Tip: DON'T TAKE IT! You are probably rolling your eyes about this tip but, it is worth mentioning. Part of the Kansas police's strategy is panicking you by asking you to take a lie detector test. You shouldn't be talking to the police without an attorney present anyway but, if you are it will not help you take this test. In fact, the lie detector administrator typically will ask you, "If you have anything to hide, just tell me about it now" (i.e. say hello to an admission that can work against you later).
Kansas police are banking on you wanting to know your results, and that providing them with the opportunity to convivence you they "know you are lying". It is possible for a skilled administrator to detect the counter-measures noted above. It is also possible that you are not guilty of a crime but fail this test. Kansas law enforcement uses lie detector testing as "fishing" expeditions and hope you will give them information they may not otherwise have. Kansas police are also hoping that under pressure, and our childlike desire to "tell the truth" you will cave.
This office's advise has not changed - don't talk to police or participate in an investigation w/o an attorney. That includes taking lie detector tests, even if you think you can beat it, or that the truth will set you free. Call Attorney T. Morton NOW (913)602-7288 if you are under investigation or have been been arrested. Consultations are free and payment plans are available.
Don't confuse sodomy charges with rape charges. They are two different sex crimes. Similar to most Kansas crimes, this crime is divided into to categories - sodomy and aggravated sodomy. The potential penalties are also separated as follows:
It is a life-altering event to be accused of a sex crime. If convicted you may not only face long prison sentences but, also restrictions and/or long-term public registration. Don't handle this alone. Call Attorney T. Morton TODAY (913) 602-7288. Consultations are free and payment plans are available.
Anytime you are accused of a sex crime in Kansas you should contact an attorney. This advice is at the beginning of this blog because of how aggressively these are prosecuted and the seriousness of the potential penalties. How much time you may spend in prison, if convicted, for rape charges, will depend on the details of the allegations you are facing. Kansas City, Kansas and across the state, have split rape into severity levels, and the standard possible prison times is a follow:
Tip: Click the above hyperlinks to find out more about the charges, potential defenses, and what the state must prove in court.
Allegations are not convictions. You have defenses. Your freedom and future are on the line. Call Attorney T. Morton NOW (913) 602-7288. Consultations are free and payment plans are available.
Kansas City, Kansas (Johnson County) and across the state divide drugs into schedules:
Your potential penalties, in Kansas, depend on the kind of drugs you had, how much you had, if there are any aggravating factors (ex. habitual offender, weapons, distribution, etc.), and possibly other charges you are facing. The sentencing grid is below for your reference:
Children in need of care (CINC) cases can start the same way as a criminal case. Someone makes allegations of abuse (physical or sexual) or neglect about your child(ren). Who spearheads the investigation will depend on who gets the call first. Kansas police and The Department for Children and Families (DCF) will work together to resolve any allegations. Here are the three big differences between CINC and Kansas criminal cases:
Even kids know the saying, "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be provided to you. If you want to answer my questions now, without an attorney, you have the right to stop answering questions anytime and seek the advice of an attorney." Those are your Miranda Rights. This blog won't go into the details of the namesake case (Miranda v. Arizona); however, you can click HERE for more information on it. Overall, the reading of Miranda Rights is to remind you that you have the right against self-incrimination and to legal counsel.
Many mistakenly believe their rights to be violated the moment Kansas law enforcement come into contact with them and begin asking questions. That is not when you need to be advised of this right. You are not entitled to advisement during the initial investigation of a crime. Rather, the police need only advise of this right once you are in custody (ex. arrest) or otherwise deprived of your freedom. You have the right to remain silent but you can waive that right after asserting it. The police must stop asking you questions, once you asserted your right; however, they can begin asking you questions about other crimes they believe you to be involved in. You have assert it each time. Asking, "Do I need an attorney?" isn't enough. Children can assert their right by asking to speak to their parent or guardian. After reading you your rights, Kansas police will ask, "Do you mind answering some questions for me?" If you do, you waived your Miranda Rights.
Tip: It is always better to remain silent and refuse to answer questions until you speak to an attorney.
If the police, or law enforcement, anywhere in Kansas (or the United States), do not read you these rights, you may have some or all of the evidence against you excluded. It is the role of your attorney to pay careful attention, when reviewing discovery (i.e. the evidence against you), to see if your Miranda or any other rights were violated. If objections are not raised, and motions are not filed, you likely will waive your ability to later take issue with the use of wrongfully obtained evidence, statements, etc..
You have questions about your case. Call Attorney T. Morton today (913) 602-7288. Consultations are free and payment plans are available.