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What Is 59-29a01: Kansas’ Sexually Violent Predator Act?

In 1994, Governor Joan Finney signed the Kansas Sexually Violent Predator Act into law with the goal of abating the nationwide wave of repeat violent sexual offenses. This act allows for the civil confinement of certain people who have been classified as sexually violent predators after the conclusion of their criminal sentences. Although the passing of this law was met with some…

Client Wins Jury Verdict of $837,000 in 45 Minutes

Client Wins Jury Verdict of $837,000 in 45 Minutes DRZ represented a business owner who had an office built in Overland Park, Kansas. The construction did not go as planned. From the beginning, water leaked into the building. DRZ’s client needed the space to be dry so he could build out the interior and expand his business. Finally, an engineering company inspected…

The #1 Hidden Fact in Sexual Assault Trials

Insurance Policies: What the Jury Doesn’t Know May Affect the Outcome of a Sexual Assault Case At a sexual assault trial, the plaintiff is not allowed to tell the jury that the defendant has an insurance policy. This is important because jurors may mistakenly assume the defendant is paying for its own lawyers and will be responsible for any judgment. A Jury…

Mandated Reporting for Crimes Against Children in Kansas 

Everyone has a responsibility to look out for the safety, health and welfare of children in their communities. Under Kansas law, however, certain individuals have a legal obligation to report suspicions of child sexual abuse or neglect. These individuals are known as mandated reporters, and they can face penalties for failing to speak up if they suspect certain crimes against children. Find…

How to Report Child Abuse and Neglect to Kansas Authorities

Child abuse and neglect are crimes that continue to pervade America. With the month of April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, it is incredibly important to recognize the importance of spreading awareness and bringing communities together to prevent child abuse and neglect. Find out how to spot and report child abuse or neglect in Kansas to keep the children in your…

Differences Between Child Molestation and Sexual Abuse 

Sex crimes against children take many forms and have various definitions. While the phrases “child molestation” and “child sexual abuse” may be used interchangeably, there are key differences that separate them as two different crimes on a legal level in Kansas – with different penalties for perpetrators. Learn this distinction if you are a parent, guardian or another concerned adult who suspects…

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