WICHITA, Kan. – People caught with marijuana in the city of Wichita could now face less serious penalties if a new ordinance gets final approval. Defense attorney Dan Monnat says that whether a case in the city is charged under the more serious state law or the new city law is largely a matter of “prosecutorial discretion.” Monnat says, “If the sheriff’s officer brings a state accusation of possession of marijuana to the district attorney, it is perfectly within the district attorney’s prosecutorial discretion to say, ‘we don’t want to handle that here, take that over to the city.’”
WICHITA – A Wichita mom is fighting to change Kansas law after her teenage son was left to die in a pool. KSN Legal Expert Dan Monnat says, “Generally in the U.S., the law regulates actions and codes of morality regulate the less clear area of omissions to act. Generally in Kansas, there is no legal duty to rescue or render aid to someone in peril…”
Chambers USA 2017 has ranked Dan Monnat in the top tier of Kansas attorneys in the Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations sector. The publication, which conducts independent surveys of both lawyers and their clients, writes that Monnat garners “particular praise for his exceptionally detail-oriented” approach to cases.
A Wichita man was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for turning stolen mail into 14 false identities. Attorney Dan Monnat says, “Checks can always be stolen, washed and re-used by thieves to empty your bank account…Although there’s no way to completely stop mail theft from happening, there are some things you can do…
Who’s Who Legal 2017 has named Dan Monnat as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the Investigations sector. Who’s Who Legal combines annually with Global Investigations Review to identify the world’s leading lawyers, forensic accountants and digital forensics experts who assist companies and individuals during internal and external investigations.
The Wichita Police Department says 193 firearms were stolen from vehicles last year and 78 guns have been taken in car break-ins this year. Legal Analyst Dan Monnat says a gun owner “cannot be criminally prosecuted or successfully civilly sued for crimes committed by a thief who stole the owner’s gun….”
A Sedgwick County judge last week sent a 23-year-old man to prison for just under six years for shooting three people he thought were trying to collect drug money from him. Ray’s defense attorney, Sal Intagliata…said Ray fired at the three men because he feared they were after him for money, drugs, revenge or his life… Prosecutors had asked the judge to order Ray serve about 4 1/2 years more time than he was given…
Halstead’s former police chief entered a no contest plea Tuesday afternoon to two misdemeanors involving the theft of ammunition from the city. “After almost 38 years as a law enforcement officer, it is unfortunate that Mr. Lewis’ career concluded in this fashion,” attorney Sal Intagliata said. “But Mr. Lewis didn’t want continued media coverage on… his family…so he thought this was … the most appropriate way to resolve this.”
New memos put out by the Department of Homeland Security aim to place a higher emphasis on stopping illegal immigration, still prioritizing the deportation of criminal illegal immigrants. Attorney Dan Monnat says, “The new policies greatly expand the targets of immigration enforcement….”
The Wichita City Council voted to approve security upgrades in the Old Town area by adding up to 70 high-definition cameras. KSN legal analyst, Dan Monnat, says the cameras and surveillance are within the legal limits of privacy. “I don’t think 70 cameras in a public place push the limits of privacy any more than 70 law enforcement officers in a public place,” says Monnat.