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Phil Stein, a founding attorney at SRC Law Group, has dedicated his entire career to navigating the complexities of the criminal justice system. As both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, Phil has gained invaluable insight into the intricacies of criminal cases. As an Assistant District Attorney at the Johnson County District Attorney's Office, he prosecuted domestic violence and juvenile offender cases before being promoted to the Sex Crimes Division. There, Phil handled serious and complex sex crimes, major felony cases, and even homicides, working closely with law enforcement and other professionals to prepare these cases for trial.
With his extensive experience analyzing forensic evidence, including biological forensics, DNA, crime scene processing, toxicology, ballistics, and computer/phone forensics, Phil possesses a comprehensive understanding of the unique evidentiary and legal issues that arise in criminal cases. This expertise enables him to aggressively defend anyone accused of a crime, from DUIs to homicides. His vast trial experience, coupled with his positive professional relationships with law enforcement and prosecutors, ensures that clients receive the best representation possible.
Phil's background in both prosecution and defense provides him with a unique perspective that allows him to anticipate and effectively address the strategies employed by the opposing side. This comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system, combined with his relentless pursuit of justice, makes Phil Stein an invaluable asset to clients seeking the highest quality legal representation.
Adam Chingren, a founding attorney at SRC Law Group, is a dedicated and accomplished attorney licensed to practice in both Kansas and Missouri. Throughout his career, he has worked on more than 500 felony cases, which include a wide range of offenses such as DUI, off-grid sex crimes, and first-degree murder. This extensive experience has provided him with valuable insights and a deep understanding of the nuances and complexities involved in criminal cases.
As a successful trial attorney, Adam Chingren is highly skilled in handling all aspects of criminal cases, from drafting pleadings and conducting depositions to representing clients in District court and before the Kansas Court of Appeals. His commitment to excellence in criminal defense has earned him national recognition, with the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys ranking him in the Top 10 Under 40 for two consecutive years.
Before joining SRC Law Group, Adam honed his skills at the Office of the Public Defender for the 10th Judicial District of Kansas in Johnson County. During his four years at the public defender's office, he passionately advocated for his clients' rights, ensuring they received fair and just representation. His background in civil litigation, focusing on family law, has further enhanced his ability to navigate complex legal situations and develop effective defense strategies. Clients can trust Adam Chingren to bring his wealth of experience, dedication, and recognition to their case, providing exceptional legal representation every step of the way.
Ashley E. Repp, a founding criminal defense attorney at SRC Law Group, has dedicated her entire legal career to the field of criminal law. Beginning as an assistant prosecutor in Platte County, Missouri, Ashley specialized in DWI/DUI cases and played a crucial role in the establishment of the county's DWI Court. Her expertise extended to various other felony and misdemeanor cases, including forgery, stealing, and assault. Later, she transferred to the Clay County, Missouri prosecutor's office, where she honed her skills in handling sex-related offenses and crimes against children. Through specialized training, Ashley became a certified forensic interviewer and assisted in the prosecution of multiple homicide cases during her five combined years as an assistant prosecutor in Platte and Clay County.
Now, as a defense attorney, Ashley brings her wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge to a broad range of criminal cases, including homicide, manslaughter, property-related offenses, drug-related offenses, and domestic violence, among others. Her unique background, having worked on both sides of the criminal justice system, allows her to anticipate the strategies used by prosecutors and effectively counter them in court.
Ashley's experience, dedication, and organizational skills make her a formidable advocate for her clients. She firmly believes that each case should be handled individually, taking the time to understand her clients' needs and concerns, and devising tailored strategies to ensure the best possible outcome. Ashley is honest, hard-working, and driven, qualities that have earned her a reputation for excellence and a steadfast commitment to fighting for the rights of her clients.
Defense Strategies Used in Murder Cases.
Murder, also known as homicide, is defined as the unlawful killing of another individual. In order to be found guilty of murder, the prosecution must prove that the defendant acted with a required mental state. In first-degree murder, for example, a prosecutor must prove that the defendant premeditated the act and intentionally killed the victim.
Many defenses to homicide are formulated around the lack of the required mental state to commit the violent crime. The defenses a criminal defense attorney uses depends on the specific facts of the case in question.
The following are the most common types of defense strategies used in murder cases:
Establishing a Strong Alibi
Challenging Forensic Evidence and Eyewitness Accounts
Eyewitness Identification Experts
Self-defense is a critical legal principle that allows individuals to protect themselves from physical harm or death when faced with a reasonable threat. In homicide cases, self-defense can be a pivotal defense strategy when the defendant asserts that their actions were necessary to protect themselves from serious injury or death. For this defense to be successful, several elements must be established to demonstrate that the defendant's use of force was reasonable and justified under the circumstances.
Kansas Stand Your Ground Law
In Kansas, the Stand Your Ground law plays a significant role in self-defense cases involving the use of force. This legal doctrine allows individuals to defend themselves without the duty to retreat when faced with a reasonable threat of imminent death or serious bodily harm, regardless of where they are lawfully present.
This law aims to provide law-abiding citizens with the right to protect themselves and others without the obligation to flee from a dangerous situation. Stand Your Ground laws, such as the one in Kansas, reinforce the fundamental right of self-defense and empower individuals to take necessary action in response to a legitimate threat.
It is essential to note that the Stand Your Ground law does not condone the use of excessive or disproportionate force, and it does not protect those who instigate or escalate violent confrontations. Understanding the nuances of Kansas Stand Your Ground law is crucial for anyone involved in a self-defense case, and it underscores the importance of working with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorneys to ensure the proper application of this legal principle.
Reasonable Fear of Death or Serious Physical Injury
The defendant must show that they had a legitimate and reasonable fear of imminent death or serious physical injury at the time of the incident. This can include situations where the victim threatened the defendant with a weapon or displayed aggressive behavior that would lead a reasonable person to believe that their life or safety was in danger.
Proportionality of Force
The force used by the defendant in self-defense must be proportional to the threat they faced. This means that the level of force used should not exceed what was necessary to neutralize the perceived threat. For example, using deadly force against an unarmed individual may be considered excessive and disproportionate unless there were other factors that justified the use of such force.
No Instigation or Escalation by the Defendant
To successfully claim self-defense, the defendant cannot have instigated the confrontation or escalated the situation that led to the use of force. If the defendant initiated the conflict or engaged in actions that provoked the victim, their claim of self-defense may be weakened or invalidated.
Evidence Supporting the Self-Defense Claim
To establish a credible self-defense claim, it is crucial to gather and present evidence that supports the defendant's account of events. This evidence can include witness testimonies, video footage, medical reports, or expert testimony on the use of force. The defense team must thoroughly investigate the incident to uncover any relevant evidence that can bolster the self-defense argument.
Killing committed by mistake or accident in the course of lawful activities are not typically considered acts of murder or homicide. However, such killings may lead to manslaughter charges.
In certain cases, a viable defense strategy against murder charges is to demonstrate that the killing was unintentional, and thus, should not be considered murder. At SRC Law Group, our experienced criminal defense attorneys meticulously analyze the facts and circumstances surrounding the case to determine whether an accidental killing defense is appropriate. When pursuing this defense, we focus on presenting compelling evidence that establishes the lack of malice or premeditation, indicating that the death was the result of an accident or negligence. This approach may lead to reduced charges, such as manslaughter or another lesser offense, which carry less severe penalties.
Key Components of an Accidental Killing Defense:
Establishing the Absence of Malice
Our legal team will work diligently to prove that the accused did not harbor any ill will or intention to harm the victim. By demonstrating the absence of malice, we can argue that the defendant's actions were not indicative of murder. We may use witness testimony, expert opinions, and other relevant evidence to support our argument.
Demonstrating the Lack of Premeditation
We will also focus on establishing that the defendant did not plan or contemplate the act that led to the victim's death. This involves examining the sequence of events leading up to the incident and presenting evidence that shows the defendant's actions were spontaneous, unplanned, or unintentional.
Presenting Evidence of Accident or Negligence
To further substantiate an accidental killing defense, our attorneys will gather and present evidence that the death was the result of an accident or negligence on the part of the defendant. This may include expert testimony on the cause of death, as well as evidence indicating that the defendant was not aware of the risks associated with their actions or failed to exercise reasonable care.
Exploring Alternative Causation
In some cases, it may be necessary to explore other potential causes of the victim's death. We may engage forensic experts or other specialists to evaluate the evidence and offer alternative explanations for the victim's death, further supporting the accidental killing defense.
In situations where the accidental killing defense is relevant, we may also explore mitigating circumstances that could reduce the defendant's culpability. For example, if the defendant was acting in self-defense or under duress at the time of the incident, these factors may lessen the severity of the charges or penalties.
Exercise of Duty
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Justified Homicide in the Exercise of Duty
Factors to Consider in Exercise of Duty Defense
When representing a police officer facing homicide charges, our team at SRC Law Group will thoroughly examine the circumstances surrounding the incident to determine if the exercise of duty defense applies.
Key factors to consider include:
Imminent Threat: We will investigate whether the officer had a reasonable belief that the use of deadly force was necessary to protect themselves or others from an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury.
Official Capacity: It is essential to establish that the officer was acting in their official capacity as a law enforcement officer at the time of the incident. This means they were on duty, in uniform, or otherwise performing their law enforcement responsibilities.
Proportionality: We will assess whether the use of deadly force was proportional to the threat posed by the individual killed. This involves evaluating the suspect's actions, the presence of a weapon, and the risk of harm to the officer or others.
Compliance with Departmental Policies: It is important to consider whether the officer adhered to the department's use-of-force policies and guidelines, as well as any relevant training they received.
No Unlawful Intent: We will gather evidence to demonstrate that the officer did not act with an unlawful intent or malicious purpose, which would undermine the exercise of duty defense.
Our Approach at SRC Law Group
At SRC Law Group, we are committed to providing comprehensive legal representation to law enforcement officers who find themselves facing criminal charges related to the use of deadly force in the line of duty. We will work diligently to develop a strong defense strategy tailored to the specific facts of the case, and our attorneys will vigorously advocate for our client's rights and interests throughout the legal process.
If you are a law enforcement officer facing criminal charges in Kansas, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation. Our experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorneys are here to provide the professional and informative representation you deserve.
At SRC Law Group, our team of criminal defense attorneys recognizes the importance of understanding and effectively presenting the insanity defense in homicide cases. As a dedicated law firm, we are committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate representation for our clients who may suffer from mental health issues that have impacted their actions and decision-making.
Insanity, in the context of murder cases, occurs when a defendant is deemed cognitively incapable of appreciating the nature of their actions, or unable to understand that their actions were wrong. This mental state prevents them from forming the required intent to commit the crime. To successfully argue the insanity defense, we must demonstrate that the defendant was suffering from a severe mental disorder at the time of the offense.
The process of pursuing the insanity defense involves several key steps:
We will work closely with qualified mental health professionals to assess the defendant's mental state, both at the time of the crime and during the evaluation process. This assessment is crucial in determining the severity of the defendant's mental disorder and its potential impact on their ability to understand and appreciate the nature of their actions.
In presenting the insanity defense, our attorneys will collaborate with expert witnesses, such as psychiatrists and psychologists, who can provide testimony regarding the defendant's mental condition. These experts will explain the nature of the defendant's mental disorder, its impact on their decision-making and behavior, and how it affected their ability to form the necessary intent to commit murder.
To build a strong insanity defense, we will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the defendant's medical history, personal background, and any prior incidents that may indicate a history of mental illness. This information helps provide context for the defendant's actions and supports the claim that their mental disorder prevented them from understanding the consequences of their actions.
Presentation of Evidence
Our skilled attorneys will present the gathered evidence in a clear, organized, and persuasive manner to demonstrate the defendant's mental incapacity during the commission of the crime. This may include medical records, expert testimony, and witness accounts of the defendant's behavior before, during, and after the offense.
Throughout the entire legal process, our team will provide steadfast advocacy for our clients. We will engage in negotiations with the prosecution, argue pretrial motions, and, if necessary, represent the defendant in a trial by presenting the insanity defense to a judge or jury.
At SRC Law Group, we understand that mental illness can significantly impact a person's life and actions. Our Kansas criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to providing compassionate and professional representation for those facing murder charges who may have been influenced by a mental disorder. If you or a loved one requires legal assistance with an insanity defense, please contact us for a free consultation.