Criminal Defense

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.

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When the Trial Process Begins

After these initial steps are completed, the criminal trial process begins. In Kansas, this starts with discovery, where the state is required to turn over the evidence about the crime. There may be several hearings and both the prosecutor and the defense attorney can file motions to ask the judge to do something, such as prevent evidence from being presented at trial or to tell the other side to turn over a piece of evidence.

The prosecutor and the defense attorney may try to reach a plea deal. The prosecutor may agree to reduce or dismiss the charges if there is a good defense to the charges. In many situations, a plea bargain is less risky than going to trial and can result in lower penalties, other than in Kansas DUI cases, where agreements for a sentence below the mandatory minimum are prohibited. Susan is adept at negotiating with prosecutors and using the facts of the case and Kansas law to secure a deal for her clients.

If the parties can’t come to an agreement, the case will go to trial. At trial, both sides have the chance to present evidence, object to evidence and cross-examine witnesses. If you are convicted of the crime, you will be sentenced by the judge. You can appeal the verdict, the sentence or any rulings the judge made throughout the process.  

Criminal Defense Attorney in Kansas City

If you’ve been charged with a crime, you need a criminal defense attorney who knows the law and can negotiate a favorable deal for you. Susan has the experience to get the best possible outcome for your criminal charges. Contact her office today to schedule a free initial consultation.