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Two men arrested on drug charges on Kansas' I-70

There are many ways in which a drug crime can be committed. There is the act of using drugs, selling drugs and transporting drugs to name a few. These are generally the acts that are punishable by law when it comes to illicit drugs.

Two men were arrested on Kansas' I-70 earlier this month when their vehicle was pulled over by a Shawnee County deputy during a routine traffic stop. The deputy originally stopped the vehicle, a 2007 Toyota 4 Runner, due to its display of a suspended license plate out of Nevada. At some point, the vehicle was searched. Through the search, the authorities reportedly found 18.5 pounds of cocaine, 1.3 pounds of methamphetamine and 17 prescription pills of oxycodone. They were alleged to have been discovered within a manmade, non-factory compartment underneath the vehicle.

Felony conviction can have big impact on the rest of your life

The phrase 'convicted felon' can feel like a heavy weight upon a person's shoulders. Beyond being convicted of a felony crime, and the consequences associated with that, it can have ripple effects far beyond the sanctions imposed on a person in the criminal justice system. Convicted felons are often stuck with this phrase forever and it can impact a person far longer than initially thought. Avoid a felony conviction and the impact associated with being a convicted felon.

This thought really only pertains to those who have been accused, charged or indicted with a felony crime. Punishments for those convicted of felony crimes are characterized by one year or more in jail. Felony crimes are considered the most serious crimes and often allege a person of violent or other serious behaviors. Felonies and how they are viewed and reprimanded are determined by both state and federal law, depending on the charges.

Felony charges can have big impact on the rest of your life

The phrase "convicted felon" can feel like a heavy weight upon a person's shoulders. Beyond being convicted of a felony crime, and the consequences associated with that, it can have ripple effects far beyond the sanctions imposed on a person in the criminal justice system. Convicted felons in Kansas are often stuck with this moniker forever, and it can impact a person far longer than initially thought. Therefore, it is important to avoid a felony conviction and the impact associated with being a convicted felon.

This thought really only pertains to those who have been accused, charged or indicted with a felony crime. Punishments for those convicted of felony crimes are characterized by one year or more in jail. Felony crimes are considered the most serious crimes, often involving violence or other serious behaviors. Felonies and how they are viewed and reprimanded are determined by both state and federal law, depending on the charges.

What statements should you make to a police officer?

Regardless of whether an officer pulls you over on suspicion of DUI, comes to your home to execute a search warrant or otherwise comes into contact with you out in public, his or her primary focus will revolve around determining whether you committed a crime. Doing so often involves asking questions and attempting to get you to admit to some wrongdoing.

Your primary focus needs to remain on protecting your rights. Just about every crime show or movie has a police officer advising a suspect of the right to remain silent as the officer slaps on the cuffs. Like many others here in Kansas, watching those shows or movies was the first time you learned about your rights. Many of those shows also involve a character telling the person under arrest "not to say a word." Unfortunately, this could do more harm than good.

What are zero tolerance laws in relation to underage DUI?

Underage drinking is nothing new. Kids and teens under 21 have been experimenting with alcohol since forever. However, drinking illegally can have entirely different consequences when someone under the age of 21 is under suspicion or charged with drunk driving or driving under the influence.

When it comes to those underage and drunk driving laws, the same DWI/DUI laws do not apply. This is because a person under 21 is not allowed to have any alcohol in their system when behind the wheel, in comparison to a person of legal drinking age, they are allotted up to .08 BAC of the legal limit for driving a vehicle. This is what's known as a zero tolerance law.

Area BBQ owner charged with multiple theft-related offenses

A man who owns a barbecue in Olathe is now facing multiple allegations related to his reportedly using other people's credit cards without permission.

Local prosecutors have file three separate cases against the man. Some of these charges are felonies. All of the charges carry with them the possibility of serious and long-term consequences, including the possibility of jail time. The man may also be ordered to re-pay any amounts taken illegally as restitution.

Privacy and search warrants in relation to drug charges

If you or a loved one has been arrested and accused of a drug crime, there are often many questions the accused and their family has. For a person to be accused of a drug crime they usually are accused of being in possession of, or under the influence of, illicit drugs. For law enforcement to determine if that is the case usually requires some level of search and/or seizure. There are laws pertaining to search warrant requirements that should be upheld during this activity by law enforcement.

Because of our constitutional rights, specifically the 4th Amendment, search and seizure must be conducted in a specific way. Search and seizure must be reasonable. Either the search and seizure meets probable cause requirements per a judge's determination or a specific situation occurred which justified the search and seizure. Privacy is determined on a case by case basis and if a reasonable person would expect privacy in the location they or their property was searched without a warrant, they may have a case for illegal search and seizure.

Don't let a marijuana possession charge snuff out your future

Although multiple states have moved forward with legalizing recreational marijuana, Kansas still views marijuana as a drug that you cannot use recreationally. In fact, even using medical marijuana is illegal in the state.

For this reason, if you are arrested on a charge of marijuana possession, you may understandably feel nervous about what your future holds. Fortunately, you have the right to fight the drug charge in an effort to protect your future.

Can Olathe traffic offense be charged as a misdemeanor?

Whether speeding, rolling a stop sign or turning without signaling, traffic infractions are technically considered breaking the law. While most traffic infractions are considered as such, some traffic-related charges can be charged as misdemeanors or even felonies.

To clear up the levels of severity when it comes to traffic infractions, they are the least serious. They are tickets for mechanical violations and the most non-dangerous moving violations and do not usually carry the same stigma and penalties as serious criminal offenses. Traffic violations increase in severity when they cause injury to a person or destruction of property. Also traffic infractions have the potential to elevate in severity if the infraction creates a real threat of injury to a person or destruction of property.

Olathe restaurant owner handed counterfeit bills

At some time or another, we have joked about handing a person Monopoly money or joked about how the money you're handed someone was just printed. While many may just joke about these things, the reality is that some people have received counterfeit bills as a form of payment. Generally, the recipients of a counterfeit bill are under the impression that it is real. Only after trying to make a bank deposit, or upon closer inspection of the bill, does the person realize they have been handed a counterfeit bill.

Because they aren't real - counterfeit bills have no value. With the advances in technology, it can be fairly easy and an achievable feat to print a somewhat-passable counterfeit bill. While it may be easy, paying for a good or service with a counterfeit bill is still a theft-related crime punishable in a court of law. An Olathe restaurant owner discovered this first hand when his till was found to be in the possession of counterfeit bills after business transactions.

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