The reasons I chose to be a Kansas criminal defense lawyer are difficult to put into words.
It’s the feeling I get when I see somebody’s car pulled over and they watch helplessly as their property is searched. I wonder: was there a legitimate reason for the stop? Did they consent to the search?
When I hear on the news that a suspect is taken into custody, my first thoughts are: How did they get to be a suspect in the first place? Will they be intimidated into surrendering their rights? Do they really understand the Miranda warning? What coercive interrogation tactics will be used? Promises? Threats? Lies?
If a case does make it to trial: Will the judge and jury really presume the Defendant is innocent? What extra credibility will they give an accuser's testimony over the Defendants? Will the jury truly not use the Defendant’s silence as an inference of guilt?
If someone is sentenced to prison: What kind of person will they be when they complete their sentence? Once they have paid their debt to society, the stigma of being a ‘felon’ will forever haunt them, taking away their right to vote, bear arms and eligibility for countless jobs. Is this really in the public’s best interest?
These are my thoughts and some of the feelings that inspired me to become a Kansas criminal defense lawyer and continue to drive me every day to defend your rights.
Kansas Criminal Defense Attorney
Specializes in Federal and State Criminal Defense.
Contact us at:
The Rivera Law Office
115 E. Park St, Suite C
Olathe, Kansas, KS 66061
- University of Kansas
- B.A. | Psycology
- Washburn University School of Law
- J.D. (2009) | Law
- Rivera Law
- - Current
- Practice exclusively criminal defense in City, State and Federal court. As of 8/29/19, in private practice: approximately 10 jury trials, making career total of 21 trials.
- Assistant Public Defender
- State of Kansas Public Defender Office
- Practiced exclusively felony criminal defense through all stages of state criminal procedure, preliminary examinations, plea hearings suppression hearings, jury trials, bench trials, sentencing hearings, restitution hearings. Argued suppression motions, motions in limmine, criminal history objections, departure motions Maintain a large case load, with limited staff and support resources Lead council on 11 jury trials, 2nd chair on 1 jury trial.
- Trial Skills, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, Topeka, KS
- Washburn University School of Law
- State Bar of Kansas # 24166
- Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
- Federal Bar of Kansas
- Federal Bar Western Distict of Missouri
- Kansas Supreme Court
- Federal Court (Kansas)
- Federal Court (Missouri)
- Free Consultation
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Criminal Law
- Cannabis & Marijuana Law
- DUI & DWI
- Domestic Violence
- Jury Trials
- Motion practice
- English: Spoken, Written
Miranda WarningHow to handle police interactions explained by a criminal defense lawyer.
Police contactCharged with a crime? Sentencing and how it works.
SentencingDo I have to talk to the cops? explained by a criminal defense lawyer
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Plea agreementsWhat you need to know before hiring an attorney.
Hiring an attorneyDifferent types of criminal defense explained by an experienced lawyer.
What is my defense?Difference between Diversion and Probation/Parole explained by a criminal defense lawyer
DiversionThe process of a criminal case from charge to trial explained by a criminal defense lawyer.
The process of a criminal case