Olathe Criminal Defense Attorney
Defending Your Rights in Olathe and Johnson County
As a an experienced criminal defense attorney who has been defending people
for over 20 years in Olathe, Kansas and
Johnson County, I know exactly what you're going through when you are arrested for
a criminal offense. You are most likely shocked and frightened about what's
going to happen to you. Entering the criminal justice system can be overwhelming,
especially if you have never been arrested before. Now is the time to
choose an attorney who can do something about your charges.
With experience as a former prosecutor, I am well versed in what the prosecution
is looking for when seeking a conviction. Knowing what to look for when
mounting a defense for my clients is vital to the outcome of your case.
At my firm, The Law Office of John Harvell, you will find that
I have extensive experience at trial, having successfully defended numerous
clients against their criminal charges.
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What to Expect in the Criminal Justice System
Following your arrest, you can expect to be held in jail until you are
formally charged at an arraignment, at which time you may be able to obtain
bail until a court hearing date is scheduled. The earlier you retain legal
counsel, the better your chances of defending your right to freedom. I
cannot stress how vital it is to not speak with the police or prosecutors
regarding your case, as they often trick people into admitting guilt through
The legal process is not a simple one. You need to consult with a professional
who knows what they're doing and can pick apart the prosecution's
case to improve your chances of a plea bargain or dismissal of your charges.
I believe in aggressive pursuit of your constitutional rights and am dedicated
to doing everything possible for my clients when their freedom is at stake.
Motion to Suppress
A Motion to Suppress is the legal tool used to challenge an illegal search.
Mr. Harvell's law firm files motions to suppress frequently and aggressively
argues these cases before the courts. In the event the Judge agrees and
sustains the motion to suppress, the exclusionary rule requires that all
of the evidence seized after that illegal search is suppressed and cannot
be used as evidence in the case.
State Felony Charges
Warrant. If you are arrested on an allegation of a felony charge, you can be held
in custody and charged while in custody. In that situation, you will have
a First Appearance the following day at 1:30pm. At that first appearance,
your bond will be set. Prior to making your first appearance, you may
be interviewed by the Probation Department for a recommendation to the
Judge on bond conditions, bond supervision, house arrest and the amount of bond.
Bond Conditions. When you post a cash bond or a surety bond, there will be bond conditions.
Frequently, those bond conditions are no possession of a firearm and no
consumption of alcohol.
Bond Supervision. You may be placed on bond supervision. That means that you will be required
to meet with a probation officer on a regular basis and submit to random
urinalysis. If you fail to successfully complete those urinalyses, you
could have your bond revoked and be placed in jail. It is also common
that you will have to complete treatment while on bond supervision. There
is a charge for bond supervision.
House Arrest. Judges frequently add a condition of bond supervision or require that
you be placed on House Arrest. If the Judge determines that you create
a risk to yourself or the community, you could have to be placed on House
Arrest. In Johnson County, House Arrest is supervised by electronic monitoring.
You take an electronic monitor home, which has a breath testing machine
and a monitor. That device will call you randomly and make sure that you
are home when required and not consuming alcohol or drugs.
Felonies: Battery, Aggravated Battery, Assault, Aggravated Assault, Residential Burglary,
Aggravated Residential Burglary, Robbery, Aggravated Robbery, Criminal
Damage to Property, Domestic Violence, Fleeing & Eluding, Criminal
Terroristic Threat, Sexual Battery, Aggravated Sexual Battery, Indecent
Liberties with a Child, Solicitation of a Minor by Internet and Rape
Kansas Counties (but not limited to): Johnson County, Wyandotte County, Douglas County,
Leavenworth County, Franklin County, Miami County, Linn County, etc.
Sentencing. Presentence Investigation and LSIR Inventory.
Contact an Olathe criminal defense attorney
when facing criminal charges.