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You Could Go to Jail for Violating Mandatory Quarantine

Posted by Adam Stolte | Mar 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Kansas City area has sadly reported its first Corona virus death just a few days ago.  Several others in the area remain infected with COVID-19.  Likely many more are infected but do not know it.  Officials cannot say how widespread the virus is at this early stage due to inadequate testing a...

KANSAS CRIMINAL CASES: February 21, 2020: Restitution

Posted by Adam Stolte | Feb 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

KANSAS COURT OF APPEALS State v. Roberts, No. 120377: Restitution Held: Where the district court orders restitution but fails to set up a payment plan, the sentence is illegal. Syllabus: K.S.A. 2018 Supp. 21-6604(b)(2) refers to a "plan established by the court for payment of restitution." Th...

KANSAS CRIMINAL CASES 2/14/20

Posted by Adam Stolte | Feb 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

KANSAS COURT OF APPEALS No published cases. KANSAS SUPREME COURT State v. Peterson, No. 119314 A motion to correct an illegal sentence cannot raise claims that a sentence violates a constitutional provision.  Peterson's Hard-25 challenge failed. State v. Newman, No. 118608 1. When reviewi...

KANSAS CRIMINAL CASES 1/31/20

Posted by Adam Stolte | Jan 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

KANSAS COURT OF APPEALS STATE V. MCKENNA, No. 119431, Scope of Public Safety Stop Application of the Gonzalez factors supported the district court's decision not to suppress evidence because the officer's actions were motivated by a desire to render aid or assistance, rather than to investigate...

WHAT ARE THE COMMON CONDITIONS OF PROBATION?

Posted by Adam Stolte | Nov 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you are facing criminal charges, it can be scary.  Your attorney likely reviewed the maximum possible prison sentence you could receive.  Hearing about the possibility of months or years in prison made you imagine how your life, your job, your family could be forever changed.    Then, you hea...

WHAT IS A KANSAS DUI?

Posted by Adam Stolte | Nov 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

In Kansas, you can be convicted of a DUI if the government can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you operated or attempted to operate a vehicle while your blood alcohol content was at least .08 or if you were too intoxicated to drive due to alcohol and/or drug consumption.  A DUI arrest initia...

YOU BETTER WATCH OUT, HOLIDAY CRIME SEASON IS UPON US.

Posted by Adam Stolte | Nov 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

The holidays are a joyous time of year where we spread peace on earth and good tidings to all.  Research shows, ironically, that it is also a season of increased crime.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  Stress levels are high due to financial obligations and from spending more time extend...

FIVE THINGS TO DO AFTER AN ARREST

Posted by Adam Stolte | Oct 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

For most people an arrest will be the first, and only, encounter with the Kansas justice system.  Whether you made a bad decision or were wrongly accused, there are a few things that can done to reduce the negative impacts of that encounter. STOP TALKING There's a reason they say, “anything you...

QUESTIONS TO ASK AN ATTORNEY BEFORE HIRING.

Posted by Adam Stolte | Sep 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Your choice of attorney is one of the most important you will make – and one of the most difficult.  You will likely have many options varying from a court-appointed attorney or a myriad of private attorneys.  It is a good idea to have a list of questions in mind to narrow down the field. You sh...

HOW TO AVOID A DUI

Posted by Adam Stolte | Aug 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

DUI is one of the few crimes that can happen to anyone at virtually any time in their life.  All it could take is ordering a double at dinner or staying for one more at a gathering.  Obviously, the best way to avoid a DUI is not to drink in the first place.  But, if you do drink and think you may...

I’VE BEEN CHARGED WITH THEFT. WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Posted by Adam Stolte | Jul 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

In Kansas, a theft occurs when someone takes something from another person with the intent to permanently deprive the owner.  Retail theft, or shoplifting, is the most common category of theft.  But, theft also includes a loss of services and obtaining control over property that was stolen by som...

I HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC BATTERY. NOW WHAT?

Posted by Adam Stolte | Jul 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

In Kansas, you can be charged with domestic battery if you harm a family member, the person you are dating, or a household member.  That “harm” includes physical contact done in a rude, insulting or angry manner.  WHAT IS THE COOLING OFF PERIOD?  In short, someone must be arrested if the office...

HOW DEFENDANTS SHOULD DRESS FOR COURT

Posted by Adam Stolte | Jul 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Your choice of clothing as a defendant in court has little to do with making a fashion faux pas or facing the embarrassment of wearing last year's look.  Beyond the obvious no shirt, no shoes, no service standard, there are a few considerations you should make before appearing in court.  Below ar...

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