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Vincent Rivera Johnson County Criminal Defense

Criminal
Defense

Johnson County Criminal Defense

Drug
Defense

Johnson County DUI Defense

If you are arrested for a drug crime or a crime where drugs are involved, call Vincent Rivera immediately at (913) 210-0844 to set up a free consultation. Drug convictions can have serious life altering consequences which may even keep you from obtaining employment in the future.

Drug crimes can come in many forms, and multiple charges might be brought against you for the same activity. Vincent Rivera may be able to negotiate a reduced charge or get the charges against dismissed completely.

  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • LSD
  • PCP
  • Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth)
  • MDMA
  • Prescription Drugs

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Juvenile
Defense

Juvenile Criminal Defense

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In some cases, the juvenile record can result in the child being expelled from his public or private middle school or high school, when the crime occurred on the school bus or at the school. Many of the schools throughout Johnson & Wyandotte County’s have a zero tolerance policy for drug offenses or weapon charges. Other indirect consequences of a juvenile record can follow the child into adulthood even if the child is able to remain in his school.

Juvenile’s in Kansas are more likely to be treated as adults than in many other states. Juvenile charges are serious in nature and need to be handled by a experienced professional.
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Vincent Rivera Johnson County Criminal Defense

David versus Goliath­ – Won a jury trial against THE County Attorney. Felony DUI jury trial, that included cross-examining KBI expert witness, and cross-examining a surprise rebuttal witness. Case theory: drinking occurred at Defendant’s residence, after he drove. Client remains felony free.

To sell? Or not to sell? – At jury trial, client acquitted of possession with intent to distribute. Facts: after a brief car chase, client was charged with drug distribution, for 9 baggies of drugs found around the corner from the stop/arrest. Jurors acquitted based largely upon the sloppy evidence preservation by officers, as highlighted through cross-examination.

One of the best closings I have ever heard – Not-guilty of felony aggravated battery, where client faced a 5 year prison sentence. Client was accused of punching “victim” causing substantial facial injury, and a broken ankle upon collapsing. Case theory: client never hit “victim”, and injuries were caused when she drunkenly fell. Trial included cross examining emergency room doctor, who was also allowed to testify as a “martial arts expert.” Defense retained a plastic surgeon expert witness. After trial, the Judge told me that I gave one of the best closing arguments she has ever heard.

You’s a hoe – Client acquitted in a jury for criminal threat. Facts: client was incarcerated in solitary confinement, where he allegedly threatened a correctional officer. During jury trial the State was able to come up with little evidence to support their allegations. During the Defense’s case, jurors heard from two witnesses who showed that no threats were made, and also the correctional officer harassed my client by blasting Ludacris “yous a hoe” into his cell for nearly an hour.

Motions

“the land of the free?” – My client and a friend were standing outside a motel entrance. An officer, acting without any indication of criminal activity, conducted a “pedestrian check.” Soon multiple officers arrived, and unconstitutionally subjected the men to search after search after search, none of which produced any incriminating evidence. Eventually, the officers obtained “consent” to search their room where drugs were found. After appealing the District Court’s ruling, the Kansas Court of Appeals agreed the eventual search of the motel room was unconstitutional. The Court’s opinion can be read at: http://www.kscourts.org/Cases-and-Opinions/opinions/CtApp/2013/20131213/108949.pdf

“Run’em all and let God sort’em out” – Officers received reports of a “disturbance” in an apartment complex’s parking lot. Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered everything was calm and no disturbance was taking place. None the less, when officers saw my client in the area they illegally detained him and “ran” him, discovering a warrant. During the arrest for the warrant officers found him in possession of drugs. Fortunately, his detention, “running,” arrest and search were found to be unconstitutional and the evidence was suppressed.

“For life” – Client was charged with Indecent Solicitation of Child, which requires lifetime post release supervision. At sentencing, we objected to the imposition of lifetime post-release on the grounds that it is unconstitutionally disproportionate. The judge granted our motion, and imposed a 60 month period of post-release supervision.

“Not in my house” – Successfully suppressed search of defendant’s home, where the officers and prosecutor tried to use the emergency exception to the warrant requirement.

“Cowboy cops” – Successfully suppressed client’s consent to search and statements. Client was present at someone else’s house when a search warrant was executed. Police illegally detained, questioned and obtained consent to search her car.

Negotiation

If you fail a SFST, you must be drunk – During SFSTs, client clearly told officers that he had medical problems which would prevent him from performing the tests. Officer’s didn’t care, and arrested him based on his performance, no breath test. Based on a letter from the client’s doctor, which said there is no way client could perform the tests the State dismissed the felony. We plead to traffic infractions, unsupervised probation, and no jail time.

Hearings

you can’t teach an old dog new tricks – Represented a client who had 4 codefendants, all codefendants had council with 10+ years of experience. All codefendants plead to criminal charges. Noting the lack of evidence I encouraged my client to take the matter through prelim. After hearing the evidence, the Judge found there was no probable cause and the case was dismissed.

Still felony free – During a felony DUI prelim, the State attempted to introduce a breath test result of .152. However, while the State was laying foundation, I asked to inspect the Officers certification. It turned out that the Officer was not certified to operate the Intoxilyzer 8000 at the time of the arrest. Eventually, we made a deal for misdemeanors. Client remains felony free.

Other

Enjoy the little things in life – Former client is sitting in my office facing new charges. Client says to me “[cops] asked for permission to search my car, and I remember you told me to ‘always say no,’ so I told them they couldn’t.”