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Kansas man’s blackmail conviction overturned

A Johnson County, Kansas, blackmail case, also more formally known as extortion, has recently been overturned. The charges originated when the accused sent a letter to the husband of his former wife stating that he would expose the husband as a child abuser if the man did not keep his distance from the man that was sending the letter’s family. At the time, in order for a conviction of blackmail, the purported victim would have to have completed some sort of action against their will as a result of the alleged blackmail. In this instance the man would have had… Read More →

All charges dropped in alleged family sex crime case

Six elder members of a family were accused of a string of unusual sex crimes, including wedding younger relatives to older male relatives to allow intercourse. Further allegations of bestiality, pregnancy and murder were also brought forth. Multiple of the accused family members spent time behind bars awaiting trial. The alleged crimes, which are said to have occurred about 30 miles east of Kansas City on a family farm, resulted in the arrest of the family members in 2009. However, all charges have been dropped. Initially, charges against one of the six family members were dropped last year owing to… Read More →

Kansas man, wife and son charged with white collar crimes

One Kansas contractor originally pleaded not guilty to several charges of white collar crimes but now has a change of plea hearing scheduled for April 9. The charges include money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the government, making false statements, wire fraud and major program fraud. According to a federal indictment, the Kansas man claimed earnings of multiple citations and medals — four Bronze Stars, three Purple hearts and three Silver Stars — acquired for his service in Vietnam. Authorities allege that the Kansas contractor won over $6 million in federal contracts due to a falsely-claimed disability. The Kansas contractor that… Read More →

Kansas man sentenced to 6 months in federal prison

One Kansas man pled guilty to wire fraud, food stamp fraud and conspiracy. It appears that in this federal crime a Kansas grocery store operated by the man was giving recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program only about half the value they were entitled while the man pocketed the remainder. The charges came after an extensive investigation involving surveillance of the Kansas grocery store, computerized detection systems and the use of undercover investigators. However, the man received a fairly lenient sentence because of the defendant’s familial situation. It appears the man has five children and his wife speaks no English… Read More →

Kansas authorities make drug arrest after pocket-dial

Drug busts can come in many forms but Kansas law officials report that one unusual case in particular may be the first of its kind. Pocket-dial induced arrest. Police speculate that a pair of drug dealers misdialed or possibly accidentally dialed 911 as they were in the midst of discussing their plans to distribute illegal substances, thereby incriminating themselves and leading to their drug charges. Not only did the suspects mistakenly dial the Kansas police, they were arguing about the plans to distribute drugs, making their illegal activity all the more audible. The dispatcher that received the misdirected call silently… Read More →

Kansas man contests classification as sexually violent predator

Attaching the phrase sexually violent predator to an individual’s name is a loaded label that can stick for life. Being convicted of sex crimes holds serious consequences. One man in Kansas faced much stigma when he was convicted of being just that — a sexually violent predator. When this Kansas man went to court to contest this classification after being convicted of committing aggravated indecent liberties with a child in 1999, he had the odds stacked against him. Turns out he is one of the few that beat the odds — the Kansas man was released from custody Feb. 22.… Read More →

No drug charges for former heavyweight champ

Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison learned this week that prosecutors have dropped the charges related to his 2010 arrest in Kansas for possession of marijuana. This is the second time the boxer has eluded drug charges in this state. In March 2010, officers found Morrison sitting in his vehicle, parked outside of a gym. Morrison claimed he was reading the Bible before going in for his workout. The charges included one count each of marijuana possession with a prior conviction and possession of drug paraphernalia. Morrison was convicted on drugs and weapons charges in the late ’90s. He spent more… Read More →

Top 7 Budgeting Myths

Having to make sound financial decisions is a lifelong learning process. If you have a major long-term goal you want to achieve, such as a home remodel, you have to be careful about each financial step you make. But being in control of one’s finances and day-to-day spending is not easy. Many of us find it extremely challenging to create a financial plan and stick to it. And this is where a monthly budget comes into play. A budget helps you visualize how much money you make and how you spend it. However, many of us find the process of… Read More →

How to Hire a DUI Lawyer

Being arrested for a DUI is something everyone would dread, given the stress alone. However, the real stress comes into play the moments following the arrest. With more and more people finding themselves in this situation, it is essential to know how to protect yourself if you are ever in this circumstance. An excellent way to start is by hiring a DUI lawyer that is right for you. Here are some tips for finding the best lawyer for a DUI situation. How Does Your State Handle a DUI Charge? This is a good question to ask yourself when deciding how… Read More →

Got into Trouble! Few Reasons why you need a DUI Lawyer

When it comes to punishable felonies, DUI or DWI ranks higher in comparison to other offenses. While driving under influence is a crime in itself, it might even result in accidents, leading to physical injuries, damages, or even death. Therefore, if you are in the inebriated stage, try taking a cab home instead of driving on your own. However, if you have already taken the risk and got into trouble, it is necessary to get excellent legal representation to stay out of the jail. Besides getting a significant cut on the extent of punishment, a good DUI lawyer can also… Read More →

Common Defenses used to avert Criminal Charges

When accused or charged of a criminal offense, it is normal to feel anxious or alarmed, despite being completely above suspicion. Criminal charges have serious consequences, so do not take them lightly under any circumstance. No matter how minor or serious the crime in question, tackling the legal proceedings without a lawyer is a recipe for disaster; unless, of course the idea of developing a criminal record and the possibility of going to jail doesn’t bother you. West Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney elaborates a list of defenses that are frequently used in criminal court during trials for a range of… Read More →

Can you Evade Jail Time after a DUI Arrest ?

Every individual can uphold his or her constitutional rights even after a DUI arrest. Although the law and severity of the punishment might vary, depending on the jurisdiction, the procedural steps after a conviction are mostly coherent. When it comes to the Bucks County, the charges and levels of punishment vary, according to the alcohol levels in the blood, previous criminal records, if any, and even the profession you are currently pursuing. Are there any chances of Zero Jail-Time? There are indeed chances. Zero Jail-Time is a possibility. Zero Jail-Time is a possibility that could happen if Zero-Suit-Derivation is used… Read More →