DUI Defense Lawyer in Wyandotte County, Kansas
Charged with a Criminal Complaint, or Driving Under the Influence ( DUI ) in Wyandotte County District Court in Kansas City, Kansas? The Wyandotte County District Courthouse is located in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, across the street from City Hall. Once you have posted bond you will receive a citation or criminal complaint with the first court date/ arraignment date on the front. The DUI docket in Wyandotte County is usually held on Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in Division 13. Catch your breath, get your car out of the tow lot if necessary. Weigh your options, and then talk to an experienced Wyandotte County DUI Lawyer. Get informed; Take action to protect your rights and your future.
How Do I Request a Drivers License Hearing in Wyandotte County?
Your first court appearance may be a month or so away but the clock starts running immediately on your right to contest the possible administrative suspension of your Kansas Driving Privileges. In the State of Kansas you have ten business days (Federal holidays do not count) or fourteen calendar days (whichever is later) from the date of a chemical test failure or test refusal to request a Drivers License Hearing with the Kansas Department of Revenue. The Certifying Officer should have given you a DC-27 (Pink Form) , the date of service is the date listed on this form.
Be sure to read the fine print on the DC-27. An Administrative Driver License Hearing request must be made in writing and must be accompanied with a $50.00 fee; failure to make a timely request and enclose the $50.00 fee will result in the denial of your request for a Kansas Drivers License Hearing and almost certainly the automatic suspension or revocation of your Kansas Driving Privileges.
When you hire the Law Offices of Charles R. Green one of the first steps we take is to request the Drivers License Administrative Hearing on your behalf. This preserves your right to an in-person hearing where the Officer's actions and any constitutional issues or procedural violations can be reviewed; it also allows importantly allows you to continue driving in Kansas during the administrative process.
Why is My Case Filed in District Court / State Court?
The Wyandotte County District Court adjudicates cases filed by State Agencies, which include tickets issued by the Kansas State Highway Patrol, Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office, and Park Rangers. These offenses can include Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol and/ or Drugs, Possession of Marijuana or other Controlled Substances, as well as Speeding Tickets and other Traffic Violations. A first-time DUI charge is typically a Class B Misdemeanor, the same as if it was issued by a municipal officer. State Court does not necessarily mean the charge is more serious, however, District Court proceedings are generally more formal than those of a Municipal Court, and the procedure can sometimes be intimidating.
Felony DUI Charges in Wyandotte County
Felony DUI cases (Third or subsequent) are prosecuted at the State level in Wyandotte County District Court. These cases can originate in a municipal court in Wyandotte County, i.e. Kansas City, Kansas Municipal Court or Edwardsville, for example, but then are dismissed at the municipal level and referred to District Court for potential filing as a Felony DUI. Kansas currently has a 'Limited Lifetime Look-back' to July 1, 2001 to determine whether a prior DUI conviction or DUI Diversion can be used to enhance a current charge to a Felony DUI.
Wyandotte County Information
Wyandotte County has a population of 157,505 according to the 2010 census, ]making it the fourth-most populous county in Kansas. It is the county seat and its most populous city is Kansas City, Kansas, with which it shares a unified government. Wyandotte County is located just west of Kansas City, Missouri. Attractions in Wyandotte County include the Kansas Speedway and Legends Outlets Shopping Center, Schlitterbahn Water Park, Wyandotte County Lake, and Kaw Point Park.
Wyandotte County District Court is the 29th Judicial District of Kansas. The District Court Judges have original jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, including divorce and domestic relations, damage suits, probate and administration of estates, guardianships, conservatorships, care of the mentally ill, juvenile matters, and small claims.
Wyandotte County Resources:
Wyandotte County Courthouse
710 N. 7th St.
Kansas City, Ks., 66101
Wyandotte County Jail: 913.573.2861