Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How do I find out why my driver's license is suspended in Kansas?

The story doesn't change much.  A person gets pulled over for speeding, the officer asks for your license and your proof of insurance and says, "Wait right here."  The officer returns to your vehicle a short time later with some surprising news.  Your license has been suspended and now your not only having to deal with a speeding ticket but now you are getting charged with a Driving While Suspended.

The questions most people have include:  What kind of punishment am I looking at?  How much is this going to cost?... and the most common, WHY IS MY LICENSE SUSPENDED?

Well the answers to the first two questions have already been addressed in this blog here.

But if you are wanting to find out why your license is suspended watch this video.

The Kansas Department of Revenue has made it pretty easy to find out what is going on with your license.  You go to this website:

or Click this link  Kansas Driver's License Check

The site is pretty user freindly.  Just fill out the form and hit submit.  The KDR database will search and pull up the status of your license.  If you are suspended it will tell you the court in which has suspended your license as well as the phone number and give you a reason for the suspension.  Now you will at least know why it is suspended, so when you call an attorney to fix the problem you will have some grasp of the costs involved and work that will need to be done.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Oldest Federal Judge Dies at 104 in Kansas.

"As a Federal Judge I am appointed for life or good behavior, which ever I loose first."  Judge Wesley Brown quipped in an interview with the associated press.  But its a joke that had some truth.  Judge Brown untill recently was the oldest Federal Judge in the nation, untill his death at 104 years old.

I'ts pretty impressive to stay in any position that long.  Judge Brown had been sitting on the bench since appointed by President Kennedy.  Untill recently he was still hearing cases both criminal and civil.  here is the AP article.

WICHITA, Kan. — U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown, the nation’s oldest sitting federal judge, has died at age 104.  Brown died Monday night at the Wichita assisted living center where he lived, his law clerk, Nanette Turner Kalcik, said Tuesday. 

During his long tenure, the senior judge in Wichita repeatedly tried to explain why he had not yet fully retired from the federal bench.  “As a federal judge, I was appointed for life or good behavior, whichever I lose first,” Brown quipped in a 2011 interview with The Associated Press. How did he plan to leave the post? “Feet first,” Brown said.

Brown was appointed as a federal district judge in 1962 by then-President John F. Kennedy.  In 1979, Brown officially took senior status, a type of semiretirement that allows federal judges to work with a full or reduced case level. But he continued to carry a full workload for decades later.  “I do it to be a public service,” Brown said in the AP interview. “You got to have a reason to live. As long as you perform a public service, you have a reason to live.”  His long tenure on the federal bench rivals that of Joseph Woodrough, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, who had been the longest practicing judge in the federal judiciary when he died in 1977 at age 104.

In recent years, Brown’s stooped frame nearly disappeared behind the federal bench during hearings. His gait was slower, but his mind remained sharp as he presided over a tightly run courtroom even after turning 104 last June.  It was not until March 2011 that Brown removed himself from the draw for assignment of new criminal cases. Several of his existing cases were reassigned to other judges as he continued to preside over fewer of his remaining criminal and civil cases. By the time he died he was no longer presiding over hearings.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Kansas City Man gets 164 years in Prision!

Just came out on an FBI press release that Abasi Baker of Kansas City, MO was convicted on multiple charges originating from a series of armed robberies on the Kansas side of the metro.  Considering the man's history and the nature of the crimes a Federal Judge all but threw the book at him.  The most notable quote came from the U.S. Attorney stating,  “This should send a clear message to convicted felons with guns,” said United States Attorney Barry Grissom. “Gun crimes mean hard time.”

164 years of "Hard Time" might be an understatement. 

Here is the Press Release:

KANSAS CITY, KS—A Kansas City, Missouri man has been sentenced to 164 years for a string of armed robberies, United States Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Abasi S Baker, 32, Kansas City, Missouri, was convicted in a jury trial in September on 21 counts including seven counts of robbery, seven counts of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, and seven counts of brandishing a firearm during a robbery.

“This should send a clear message to convicted felons with guns,” said United States Attorney Barry Grissom. “Gun crimes mean hard time.”

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence Baker committed seven robberies including:

January 6: Payday Loans, 7636 State Ave ., Kansas City, Kansas.

January 10: Radio Shack, 7612 State Ave ., Kansas City, Kansas.

January 12: Payday Loans, 10327 Metcalf Ave ., Overland Park, Kansas.

January 16: Dollar Store, 8144 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas.

February 16: Check Into Cash, 11044 Quivira, Overland Park, Kansas.

February 22: Check Into Cash, 15241 W 135th, Olathe, Kansas.

March 3: Radio Shack, 6945 W 75th, Overland Park, Kansas.

Co-defendant Mark R Davis is set for a jury trial March 5.

Grissom commended the following agencies and individuals for their work on the case: The FBI and the FBI Violent Crimes/Fugitive Task Force; the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office; the United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Kansas City, Mo ., Police Department; the Kansas City, Kansas ., Police Department; he Overland Park Police Department; the Olathe Police Department; the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office; the St. Joseph, Mo ., Police Department; the Lee’s Summit, Mo ., Police Department; the Mission, Kansas ., Police Department; and assistant United States Attorney Terra Morehead, who prosecuted the case