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White Collar

If you are being charged with a white collar crime, basically someone is accusing you of lying, cheating and stealing.

Allegations of white-collar crime are usually found in the business world. For example, if someone has obtained money in an illegal way, and put it into his company’s funds to make it look like a legitimate profit obtained legally, that would be considered laundering.

Counterfeiting – making a fake replica of something like cash or a document, is another example of a white-collar crime. So is embezzlement, which often involves secretly taking money from a victim’s banking account or another fund.

According to the Cornell University Law School, white-collar crimes cost the United States about $300 billion each year. If you are charged with a white-collar crime, the prosecutor will be intent on finding a paper trail.

This is where the criminal defense team of Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White LLC can help you. Their experience, knowledge and passion has led to a remarkable record of success in defending their clients against white-collar charges. Call the Warrior Lawyers today at (316) 265-5511.

Fraud

A realtor encourages you to exaggerate your yearly income, or fail to mention one of your car loans, on the mortgage paperwork so he can close on your new house.

Whether you know it or not, that is legally considered fraud, and it is a crime you would be charged with.

Writing checks from someone else’s bank account is fraud, and so is billing someone for services you did not provide.

There are many other examples of fraud, and some of them aren’t so clear cut. Did you knowingly provide inaccurate information? Was it is the result of a misunderstanding, or instructions that could be construed in more than one way?

If you’re in danger of being convicted of fraud, call the criminal defense team of Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White LLC. The Warrior Lawyers are experts on Kansas law, and have a proven success record of defending their clients by examining every aspect of each case.

Homicide

When one person kills another person, it isn’t necessarily considered murder. But it is considered a homicide.

Legally speaking, there are different levels of homicide. If someone kills another on purpose – whether it be out of anger, or for money, or simply wanting to end the pain and suffering of a loved one – it’s considered a criminal homicide.

If a person were proven to have killed another in self-defense, that would be justifiable homicide, which is not a legal charge.

Not surprisingly, there is a lot of “gray area” in being able to prove exactly what led to the circumstances of a death. That’s where the Warrior Lawyers come in. The firm of Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White LLC provides its clients with top-notch criminal defense and knowledge of Kansas law that is unmatched by anyone in the state. Call the Warrior Lawyers today at (316) 265-5511.

Violent Crimes

Being accused of a violent crime is serious business. When most of us think of a violent crime, we think of offenses like murder or rape. Here are some explanations of other legal terms for violent crimes.
Manslaughter is when someone’s reckless action causes a death. Example: Running over and killing someone with a vehicle while speeding through a residential neighborhood.

Battery is the act of making offensive contact with someone. Example: Slapping someone’s face.
Assault is making the threat of battery. Example: Telling someone “I’m going to knock your teeth in.”
Vehicular assault is injuring someone due to reckless driving. Example: A driver hits the car in front of him, causing the other driver whiplash, because she was distracted with a text message.

Negligent homicide is when someone causes another’s death because of their own carelessness. Example: A small child dies because her parents left her in a hot car.

There are different degrees of murder, battery, assault and other violent crimes. Nobody is more informed or better prepared to defend against such charges than the Warrior Lawyers. The firm of Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White LLC has established a sterling reputation of criminal defense by examining detail and exploring all possible avenues for its clients. Call the Warrior Lawyers today at (316) 265-5511.

Conspiracy

If you discuss robbing a bank with someone, but do nothing else, that is not a conspiracy.

But if you discuss it and then write down plans on how to do it, that’s a legally defined conspiracy – even if your plans are never carried out.

So it’s important to understand, if you have a conspiracy charge against you, it is not necessary for the prosecution to prove that your planned crime was actually committed. It’s not even necessary for the prosecution to prove you knew all the details of the plan. To convict you, it is enough to prove that you voluntarily agreed to join the planning of an illegal act. The planning is the crime.

Defending yourself against a conspiracy charge can be complicated, which is why it’s a good idea to call Warrior Lawyers at (316) 265-5511. Nobody in Kansas can clear your name like the criminal defense firm of Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White LLC.

Illegal Drugs

Illegal drugs can get you into big trouble into Kansas – whether it’s making them, selling them, using them or simply having them.

For example, being charged with possession of marijuana could land you up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine, even for first-time offenders. (This is also the case if you’re caught with drug paraphernalia like a crack pipe or a syringe.) A good lawyer, however, will try to get a diversion for a first time offender.

If you are caught in possession of a harder drug, like methamphetamine or narcotics, you could be charged with a level-four felony conviction. This could mean more than three years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The sale or distribution of drugs is generally known as trafficking, and it is considered a felony. A first-time offender could face 51 months in prison and $300,000 in fines. A second-time offender could face 17 years and $500,000 in fines.

Manufacturing drugs, such as operating a meth lab, is the most serious drug charge. The penalty could be 17 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Any of these charges require the use of a criminal defense attorney, and Warrior Lawyers is the best choice you can make to better your situation in Kansas. Call the firm of Ariagno, Kerns, Mank & White LLC today at (316) 265-5511.

DUI Driving Under the Influence

Did you know if you are taking medication, one alcoholic drink could put you over the legal limit to drive in Kansas? Furthermore, the state does not give you option of pleading to a lesser case for a DUI conviction.

Even your first DUI conviction is likely to get you 48 hours in jail, 100 hours of community service, a $1,000 fine, a license suspension of 30 days, a license restriction of 330 days or having your vehicle impounded for as long as one year.

The punishments get worse after that. In fact, if you get a fourth DUI conviction, it’s considered a felony. Kansas modified its DUI Driving Under the Influence laws in 2010 to bring harsher penalties.

DV Domestic Violence

In Kansas, the DV domestic violence laws are aggressive and can be complicated. Domestic violence can be between spouses, children, parents – even ex-roommates. If an accuser tells the police and tells them you have so much as laid a hand on them, chances are good you will be spending the night in jail. An accuser may even sue you.

Domestic violence can be a felony or misdemeanor, depending on how serious the charges are. Being convicted of domestic violence could mean you’ll be facing jail time, heavy fines or other punishments. It might even mean you’ll lose your right to vote or possess firearms.

PFA Protection from Abuse

If your spouse, child or someone else you care about has a PFA Protection from Abuse against you, you have a right to contest it. PFAs were created for accusers – but in some cases, they may not necessarily have wanted one. A good attorney will understand whether or not a PFA is indeed warranted, and the steps involved in getting one off your record.

PFS Protection from Stalking

According to the state of Kansas, stalking is “an intentional harassment of another person that places the other person in reasonable fear for that person’s safety.” If a PFS Protection from Stalking is filed against you, you may not make contact with that person in any way. Your lawyer could help you and your accuser find a more reasonable alternative if you feel a PFS isn’t justified.

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Wichita, KS 67202


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