If you need a criminal defense attorney in Kansas City, Kansas, you can count on Susan McKinney. She will fight for your rights and remain by your side throughout the case process, doing everything that she can to get you a favorable deal. She is skilled at negotiating with local prosecutors, attempting to resolve cases before trial so that you can move forward with your life. Susan handles a variety of Kansas criminal law cases, ranging from minor incidents known as misdemeanors to more serious felony crimes.
The Criminal Process
Kansas criminal cases begin with an investigation, where the police attempt to determine if a crime has been committed or who has committed a crime. This process can happen immediately, such as in the case of a police officer stopping a driver who is suspected of driving under the influence, or long after the alleged crime has occurred.
In many cases, an investigation involves either a search or a seizure of a person or property. When the police search or seize something, they have to follow the law. If they don’t, then the results of that search may be suppressed (which means that they cannot be used against you in court). In most cases, the police are required to have a search warrant to conduct a search, but there are exceptions to this rule, such as when there is an emergency, when evidence of a crime is in plain sight or when the person who owns a property or item gives permission (consent) for the police to search it. If the police find evidence that a crime occurred, they will arrest the person that they believe committed the crime.
Once a suspect has been arrested, he or she will be arraigned and bond will be set. Arraignment means that the person is brought before the judge and informed of the charges against them. If a bail amount is set, you may be able to post bond through a bail bondsman to be released from custody.