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Police Body Cameras: A Win-Win Situation?

With the national spotlight turned to the police and their interactions with our nation’s communities, legislators and community leaders are attempting to find new ways to hold accountable all those who are involved in a disagreement with the police.  One tool being used to help in responsible policing is the body camera, a piece of…

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High Hopes for Kansas Marijuana Law Reform

The slow burn of marijuana reform is beginning to pick up speed throughout the country.  As the nation prepares to turn the page on outdated marijuana prohibition laws of the last several decades, Kansas is considering whether to follow suit.  However, the fight to pass reform is shaping up to be an uphill battle. A…

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When a Warrant Isn’t Necessary

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution generally requires that police officers secure a warrant before conducting a search of private property, your home, or your person.  This is an important rule.  In some cases, a conviction can depend on whether the police have conducted a warrantless search.  However, as with many protections offered…

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Getting Out of Jail Through Bail

According to a report in the journal Pediatrics, nearly 1 in 3 people have been arrested by the time they reach the age of 23.  The 2011 study (the first of its kind since the 1960s) only examined offenses greater than minor traffic violations; the number would likely be even greater were these violations also…

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Is Kansas Faltering On the Right to Free Speech?

The lawyers at the Swain Law Office understand the importance of protections provided by the Constitution.  One of the more popular (and misunderstood) amendments to the Constitution is the First Amendment.  The right to free speech is crucial in our political, educational, and personal lives as American citizens.  A new bill passed by the Kansas…

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