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Kansas City Criminal Defense Law Blog

What are your rights when interacting with police?

Police officers in every state, including Kansas, have a way of making people believe that they have the law on their side. In many cases, that may be true, but that doesn't mean that they can ignore you rights under the United States Constitution.

The same is true of federal agents from agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), among others. They must follow the appropriate policies and procedures in order to ensure that they don't violate your constitutional rights.

Has a federal investigation opened against you?

Few people suspect that they will face serious criminal charges at some point in their lives. Often this type of predicament arises after a person has found themselves in a difficult situation and made questionable decisions or in the wrong place at the wrong time. Though you may have always felt like an upstanding individual, you could still end up facing federal charges due to unfortunate circumstances.

If someone accuses you of a serious crime, you may feel shocked and unprepared. Rather than panic about potential charges, you may want to learn more about your situation. First, an investigation must take place to determine whether the claims against you have merit.

How to know if your Fourth Amendment rights are violated

Let's say you're sitting at home one evening and there's a knock at your door. You look out the window and notice several people who appear to be uniformed police officers standing on your front porch. You open the door part way and greet them. They ask if you mind if they come inside and take a look around. You immediately feel nervous and worried as to what their motive might be for wanting to search your home.

If you deny the officers' request and they enter anyway without first obtaining a valid search warrant, you have a serious legal problem on your hands. If you do allow the officers inside your home and they wind up taking items away and charging you with a drug crime, things may get a lot worse before they get better. However, many Kansas residents are able to avoid conviction by challenging search and seizure or arrest processes officers implemented as being in violation of their rights.

2 types of real estate fraud that could leave you facing charges

At some point in your life, someone may have accusingly called you or someone you know a fraud. While such an insult may have had little impact on your life due to the lack of seriousness in the accusation, you could face serious legal trouble if authorities level criminal charges for fraudulent activity against you. Allegations of fraud can have substantial effects if a conviction comes about as a result of legal proceedings.

One type of such activity that some Kansas residents may have found themselves accused of relates to real estate fraud. This area can encompass a variety of actions and can range from simple endeavors to more complicated ventures. However, all types of real estate fraud can come with serious consequences.

What's the best defense option in your situation?

Federal prosecutors tend to be quite aggressive in their questions when seeking conviction where drug possession and/or distribution and conspiracy charges are concerned. If you were arrested and charged with a federal crime in Kansas, you probably worried about your freedom from the start. Will you be convicted? Will you go to prison? Will you lose your job? What will your family do without you? It's understandable to feel frightened and nervous when facing drug-related charges in court.

Avoiding conviction is sometimes possible and usually depends greatly on the type of defense presented. No two situations are exactly the same; so, it helps to research what options may be available in a particular situation.

Drug charges and financial aid

As your high school years drew to an end, you probably grew exciting thinking about what college might bring. Certainly, you thought about your courses and career possibilities, but among the enticements of college life are the freedom, making new friends and having fun away from the supervision of your parents.

One weekend you blew off your studies and took a trip to a neighboring state where recreational drug use is legal. Maybe you decided to bring something back to campus to share with friends. Whatever the circumstances, you are now facing criminal charges that could wreck your future.

Can knowledge of a crime leave you facing conspiracy charges?

When an individual faces federal charges, a conviction for those charges could lead to serious consequences. The specific allegations brought against you could affect the outcomes, but as with any criminal charge, you undoubtedly want to determine what defense options you have for addressing the legal predicament. You may even want to find out whether the charges brought against you suit the circumstances.

The possibility exists that authorities could bring federal charges against you even though you feel you do not deserve the allegations. When you do not fully understand your situation, you could easily find yourself caught up in a serious legal case. Therefore, if you have had federal drug conspiracy charges leveled against you, you may want to better understand the legal definition of conspiracy.

Lawmakers target university gun possession policies

Kansas has some of the most liberal interpretations of the Constitution's Fourth Amendment of any state. Nevertheless, there are restrictions and prohibitions that every gun owner should know, and those restrictions tend to change frequently as state and federal legislators introduce and pass new bills.

Don't shoot yourself in the foot when it comes to defense

Throughout the recent presidential campaign, the topic of guns and rights protected under the Second Amendment was a central focus. You might have weighed in with your own opinions during water cooler talk at work, sitting at the bar while tossing a few cold ones back with some friends or in a more formal setting such as a town hall meeting or something of that nature. If you happen to be one of many gun owners in Kansas or Missouri, you've probably been following news related to this subject quite closely.

The serious consequences of marijuana possession in Kansas

Despite the perception that marijuana possession is not a serious crime, a conviction will result in serious penalties. Many states have legalized the recreational use of this drug, but the drug is still a controlled substance in Kansas. In July 2016, state lawmakers passed a measure that slightly reduced the penalties associated with possession, but, if you are facing charges for marijuana, you still need an experienced defense attorney.

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