TRAFFIC & CRIMINAL
In Kansas, there are approximately 300 crimes that
can be charged as felonies. There are approximately 400 crimes in
Kansas that can be charged as misdemeanors. There are an almost
innumerable number of offenses that can be charged as traffic
infractions or violations of local or municipal ordinances. Most
offenses can also be charged as an "attempt to commit",
"solicitation to commit", or "conspiracy to commit". Server space
prevents any sort of individual treatment of these crimes. However,
a few suggestions would be in order:
If a police officer is talking to you, you are either a witness or a
suspect. If you don't know which, then think about declining to
answer until your attorney is present.
Never plead to an offense until you have talked to an
attorney first, no matter how insignificant you think the offense
is. Many crimes or traffic offenses have what is referred to as
"collateral consequences", meaning things that happen as a result of
your plea and the judge and prosecutor were not required to tell you
about. For example: a first offense driving while suspended plea
generally results in a fine, court costs and probation. However,
what nobody tells the defendant is that independent of the court
action, the Division of Motor Vehicles will suspend driving
privileges for 90 days as a result of the plea. Many people have
lost their jobs over such a plea.
Lying to the police is never a good idea. You have a
right to remain silent, I suggest you use it.
If, after reading this, you have
questions, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to discuss
your case. Call us at (795) 537-4603.