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Misdemeanor and felony theft facing Olathe restaurant owner

If you've ever gone to a bar and ordered a drink, the bartenders often ask if you want to 'keep it open,' meaning to keep the card open on file at the bar until you're ready to pay your tab for the night. It's common practice at any average bar or restaurant. Except something went wrong when a customer couldn't find his card after visiting a local Olathe restaurant. The owner of the restaurant has since been charged with misdemeanor and felon theft charges.

The documents allege that after the owner of the card left the restaurant, he couldn't find his card. He did call the restaurant and they claimed not to have it, so he cancelled the card the next. However, in that time, over $7,000 in charges were made on it at retail stores, a liquor store and even at local restaurants. Surveillance video appears to show the accused making the purchases with the card.

Kansas traffic stops: Avoid doing these things

You've likely heard the saying that just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. Growing up in Kansas, your parents may have said something similar to you on many occasions. Remember the question about whether you'd jump off a cliff if all your friends were doing it? Fast forward to adulthood, and the sage advice your parents taught you in childhood can come in handy, especially during a traffic stop.         

If you're driving along and notice patrol car lights flashing behind you, you can keep driving, but should you? You should definitely not continue to travel if you're aware that a police officer is attempting to pull you over. This will immediately increase your chances of going to jail. There are certain things you should and shouldn't do during a traffic stop; there are also things an officer may and may not do as well. Understanding the basics of a traffic stop may help you protect your rights.             

Reduced charges could be viable defense

If you have ever watched a cop show on television, you may have heard the term reduced charges. While this is a good term to hear next to the word charges, what exactly does it mean? Reduced charges mean that an initial crime, say a drug charge, was lessened in comparison to the original charge. Receiving a reduced charge can be the goal of a good criminal defense.

Just like any type of criminal charges, drug crimes have a range of severity from felony to misdemeanor and everything in between. How a drug accusation can impact one person could vary greatly from the impact it could have on another person. This is true even when people are accused of the same crime. A past conviction, for example, could have a huge impact on the outcome of the current charges, if the defendant is convicted of that crime.

What are misdemeanor criminal charges?

Whether you or a loved one is facing a misdemeanor criminal charge or a felony criminal charge, they are all serious criminal charges but you may have some questions related to potential penalties and consequences. Misdemeanor criminal charges are generally considered to be lesser charges than felony criminal charges. In addition, they are punishable by a year or less in jail whereas felony criminal charges are generally punishable by a year or greater in prison.

While misdemeanor charges may be considered less serious than felony charges, they are more serious than infractions. Infractions do not impose jail time, though they may carry fines which both misdemeanor charges and felony charges also carry. Misdemeanors may be divided into classes based on the seriousness of the alleged crime committed.

How to defend against drunk driving charges

A DUI charge in Kansas can result in serious penalties and consequences for the accused driver. Accused individuals can face potential jail time, significant fines and the loss of their driver's license. A DUI can also create an arrest record and can have a significant impact on the personal and professional lives of the accused individual.

Because of the serious nature of drunk driving charges, it is important that individuals who have been accused of driving under the influence are familiar with their criminal defense rights and protections. A strong criminal defense strategy will evaluate the alleged facts of the incident and police conduct, as well as other considerations that have to be taken into account when preparing a criminal defense response. A strong criminal defense strategy may be able reduce or eliminate the charges and consequences the accused individual is facing.

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.

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