Kansas criminal laws are complex and punitive. A single conviction of any charge can significantly affect your life in ways far beyond the penalties imposed. Our criminal defense attorneys at Sloan Law Firm provide representation for all criminal charges, no matter what offense you face. Our broad experience in criminal matters enables us to vigorously defend you by investigating the facts and analyzing the applicable law. Defending against any charge is essential to safeguard your rights and protect your interests.
Knowing your rights when stopped or questioned by law enforcement is absolutely critical. Even if police do not advise you of your rights, you always have the right to remain silent by declining to answer questions. You also have the right to have an attorney present during any questioning.
If you are in a public place, an officer may ask for your name, address, and an explanation of why you are there. If you are driving a vehicle, police can ask to see your driver’s license and registration. Beyond answering those questions, you should calmly and politely decline to answer questions in most situations. Then ask to have a lawyer present for further questioning.
You should never consent to a police search of any property in your control, like a vehicle or residence. In some cases, officers may go ahead and search anyhow. You should not obstruct or try to stop the search, but do not consent under any circumstances.
If you are arrested, you should immediately ask to see a lawyer. Do not answer any questions or discuss anything with police or anyone else around you. Wait for your attorney to arrive.
Representing yourself in a criminal case is not a good idea. Since you don’t have a background in criminal court procedures or know the local court process, you are at a distinct disadvantage from the start. You also could make statements that can be used against you in the case, even unintentionally. The knowledge and skill of a criminal defense lawyer is essential to asserting the strongest possible defense in a criminal case.
Your lawyer develops a defense strategy based on the unique circumstances of your case. An investigation of the evidence against you is part of that effort. Issues with evidence may relate to how police obtained the evidence or the reliability and credibility of the evidence. Your lawyer can only ascertain those issues after investigating the case against you.
Every criminal charge requires certain elements to be proven. If your lawyer can raise significant issues about the evidence and legal requirements in your case, the prosecutor may be unable to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, as they are required to do. That may result in dismissal of the charges.
Another important part of your attorney’s role is negotiating with the prosecutor. Most criminal cases do not go to trial but are resolved through a negotiated plea agreement, if the case is not dismissed after the evidence is analyzed. A criminal defense lawyer knows how prosecutors negotiate and also knows what options likely are available for finding the most advantageous solution in a case.
Our criminal defense attorneys at Sloan Law Firm understand the criminal justice system. We know how to negotiate with prosecutors to identify a solution. If negotiation does not yield a satisfactory result, we have the experience to take a case to trial — and we don’t hesitate to do so when necessary and appropriate.
Kansas laws establish a myriad of criminal offenses of many different types. Our Sloan Law Firm lawyers provide representation for every type of criminal charge. We also assist clients who have not been arrested but are under investigation or facing questioning by police.
Our criminal defense attorneys handle these and other offenses:
Regardless of the criminal charge you face, our experienced criminal defense lawyers provide an aggressive defense. We relentlessly pursue your case to find the best resolution. We negotiate vigorously with prosecutors and don’t hesitate to take a case to trial if necessary to get a fair result.
Our team of criminal defense attorneys at Sloan Law Firm takes pride in their comprehensive experience, knowledge, and skill in matters of Kansas criminal law. If you face any type of criminal charge or are under investigation or being questioned by police, please contact us to discuss your situation. Call us at (785) 357-6311 let us help.