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Have you been accused or charged with committing a serious crime? You may feel like you are now facing the world alone. What’s more, without the right Wichita criminal defense attorney in your corner, your entire future is in jeopardy.
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Why Choose the McConnell Law Firm

When someone has been charged with a crime, hiring a skilled and determined criminal defense attorney who will leave no stone unturned is vital. Led by renowned Wichita criminal defense attorney Jonathan W. McConnell, the McConnell Law Firm will work vigorously to defend against any of the following charges and more:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Burglary
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • False Imprisonment
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Larceny/ Theft
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Robbery
  • Sex Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes

Our criminal defense team looks forward to developing your criminal defense strategy and fighting for your rights!

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What to Expect

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Free Introductory Phone Call

One of our receptionists or legal assistants will gather information about your case, which will usually take no more than 30 minutes. If your case is within our practice areas, they will schedule a free office or telephone conference with one of our criminal defense attorneys. Even if your case is not within our practice areas, we will still do our best to help you with a referral!

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During or following the first phone call, we will likely request some additional information. This will be your “homework” to gather, which will help us when it comes time to research the situation and specific laws that pertain to the case.

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Free First Appointment

At the first appointment (preferably in person, but can be over the phone), you will meet with a criminal defense attorney for approximately one hour. During this appointment, you will be presented with an analysis of the situation, recommendations for next steps and a list of anything further that we might need.

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The Process Begins

We will enter into a contract with you and you will make your first payment or pay a retainer fee. Once these steps are completed, we will officially begin the process of serving as your legal team. We will keep you informed at each step of the way.

Criminal Defense Frequently Asked Questions

At the McConnell Law Firm, we understand the confusion you are likely experiencing when accused of committing a serious crime. Our team has years of experience defending cases like yours and wants to ensure you obtain the answers you deserve to make the best possible decision about your case. We encourage you to browse our criminal defense Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below or contact us today with any additional questions!

  • Can I Expunge My Criminal Record?

    It’s common for adults with a criminal record to consider expunging it, assuming you have a good understanding of what to expect and the help of an experienced Wichita criminal defense attorney. After a conviction, you will be required to endure a waiting period to see if you qualify for an expungement. Once qualified, you can apply with the prosecutor, who will determine if you’re eligible to have your adult criminal record expunged. If the prosecutor is opposed to an expungement being granted, he or she can object to it. If that occurs, the determination of whether to grant or deny the expungement is left to a judge. You should keep in mind that expungement does not mean your record is destroyed but that your conviction will not destroy your life.

  • What Is a No Contest Plea?

    While pleading guilty often encourages a judge to impose a lighter sentence or allows a defendant to obtain a conviction on a less serious charge, a no contest or nolo contendere plea has a somewhat similar effect without the admission of guilt. On the surface, it helps the defendant maintain a sense of personal satisfaction knowing they didn’t plead guilty to a crime they didn’t commit just to receive a lesser sentence. This appeal often benefits those seeking to avoid the social and personal repercussions of pleading guilty. It’s also important to note the existence of an “Alford plea,” whereby a defendant in a criminal case does not admit to the alleged act and claims innocence but acknowledges the evidence presented will likely lead to a judge or jury finding the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • Why Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

    While you may be considering representing yourself in court, you may face the further risk of going to jail or paying additional fines without the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Not only will a defense attorney be able to answer any questions, present you with a comprehensive list of options, and alert you of important deadlines, but they will also be able to provide you with much-needed support during a trying time in your life. As soon as an accusation has been made against you, it’s important to contact an experienced Wichita criminal defense attorney before proceeding.

  • How Should I Handle a Police Interrogation?

    It is important to understand that a seemingly friendly conversation with a police officer can quickly turn into an interrogation. Even if their questions sound virtually harmless, you mustn’t say anything self-incriminating, which may mean saying nothing. Prior to being interrogated, the police should read you your Miranda Rights (you will have to be in custody for these to apply), which inform you of your right to remain silent. At any point before or during the interrogation, you may invoke your right to remain silent and request a criminal defense attorney, which is the recommended course of action. An attorney can help you determine when it is best to detail your side of the story and when it is better to remain silent. Overall, remain silent, calm, and as cooperative as possible, but remember to invoke your right to an attorney.

  • Who Can I Discuss My Case With?

    When facing a criminal accusation, the most important thing to remember is to remain silent and not talk about your case unless it is with your trusted criminal defense attorney. Avoid discussing your case’s specific details with friends, on social media platforms, or through texting and phone calls. Anything discussed with friends, family members, colleagues, and others is not necessarily confidential; in the event that they are sworn in to give testimony, these individuals you have discussed your case with will be forced to share any information you may have discussed. Even if the information shared does not display an admittance of guilt, it may be misconstrued and used against you. While every case is different, and no conclusions should be drawn without first consulting an attorney about the specifics of your case, it is always in your best interest to have a trusted criminal defense lawyer by your side from the beginning.

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