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What is the Role of Criminal Defense Lawyers?

When people are charged with a crime in the United States, they rely on criminal defense lawyers to represent them in court. The defense attorney has an important role in the judicial process. What Do Criminal Defense Lawyers Do? The criminal defense attorney is an advocate for the person charged with the crime and fights […]

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Methamphetamine Sale and Distribution Charges

In Kansas, if a person is caught by police and is suspected of selling or distributing methamphetamine they can be charged with intent to distribute. The penalties for being convicted of intent to distribute meth can be decades in prison.  The amount of time one may be subject to in prison is often dependent on […]

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What are the Roles of the Judge in a Criminal Trial? 

Many people may understand the role of attorneys in a criminal case. However, many people don’t understand the role of the judge in a criminal trial. The judge has several responsibilities in a criminal trial, but their overarching job is to protect the rights of the accused and protect the interests of public administration.   Roles […]

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Marijuana Laws in Kansas

Marijuana Laws in Kansas Marijuana laws across the country come with varying degrees of legalization. However, marijuana is still illegal in the state of Kansas. While marijuana is the most used drug in the United States, it is illegal to possess marijuana in Kansas for personal use. In addition, it is illegal to sell or […]

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Preliminary Hearings

Preliminary Hearings If you’re charged in state court with a felony crime, you likely have the right to a preliminary hearing. What is a preliminary hearing? A preliminary hearing is one of the first steps in a criminal case and is a smaller version of a trial. The hearing is in front of a judge […]

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Murder Charges

Murder Charges Of all crimes that can be committed, murder is one of the most serious and severely punishable offenses in the United States. However, murder charges are based upon the defendant’s state of mind when committing the crime. Levels of Murder The Kansas Statutes outlines the levels of murder one can commit: Capital Murder, […]

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Gun Charges Explained

Gun Charges Explained In general, gun charges cover a broad range of offenses involving a firearm. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” While the Second Amendment […]

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The Right to a Jury Trial

In the United States, a criminal defendant is guaranteed the right to trial by jury. What is a Jury Trial? A jury decides whether the defendant committed the crime. The trial is held in the state where the crimes were allegedly committed. The right arises out of the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, […]

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What are your Miranda Rights?

What are your Miranda Rights? As a constitutional right, officers are required to provide Miranda warnings to a detainee once he or she is in the custody of the police. This requirement to give Miranda warnings comes from the Supreme Court decision, Miranda v. Arizona, 384 US 436 (1966). The Miranda warning serves to protect […]

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The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution

The Fourth Amendment The Constitution defines the Fourth Amendment as, “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be […]

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