Carl e. CornwellAttorney at law

Kansas City Criminal Defense Law Blog

Know your gun laws before buying, selling or shooting in Kansas

As a citizen of the United States, you and anyone else in Kansas (or another state) of similar legal status are protected by the Second Amendment with the right to bear arms. You may be a firearms enthusiast who collects vintage weapons from various eras or you may enjoy an off-the-grid lifestyle that includes hunting. You may also be among those who constantly refine their shooting skills as a means of self-defense. All of these things are legal under state law if you meet gun law requirements.

Kansas takes a lot of flak for its lack of stringent gun laws. In fact, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence issued the lowest score possible to this state, mainly because firearms dealers do not need a license, you can sell a gun to another person with no background checks and no limit on the number of guns you may purchase at one time exists. Even so, you could face weapons charges that can have lasting repercussions, so it's best to make sure you understand the regulations and know where to seek support if needed.

Is your child charged with heroin possession or trafficking?

Those who live on either coast may look at Kansas and imagine it as prairies and farms, insulated from the evils of the world, especially the terrifying drug epidemic. You know this isn't true. In fact, if you have a son or daughter who is facing federal drug charges, you can attest that life is not always so beautiful on the other side of the rainbow.

The phone call may have come at any time of day or night, but it still felt like a nightmare. Your child calling you from jail after an arrest for possession or distribution of heroin was the last thing you envisioned when you held him or her in your arms as a baby. You likely wanted only the best possible life for your child, and you still want that now. That is why you are searching for ways to help your child in this moment of uncertainty and fear.

Not everyone in Kansas can buy a gun

Gun owners in Kansas are fortunate that the state laws protect their rights despite national outcries for government control of certain weapons. While the recent horrific shootings that resulted in dozens of injuries and fatalities certainly raise the question of what to do to prevent future tragedies, you may be frustrated when these events raise more calls for gun control.

While Kansas is among the top states with strong protections for gun rights, you may still be at risk of facing weapons charges, both federal and state, under certain circumstances. Additionally, buying a weapon means following the rules carefully.

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.

Carl E. Cornwell Attorney At Law
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Olathe, KS 66061

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