WICHITA – Drivers that were issued tickets during a now-suspended Wichita Police camera-based traffic enforcement pilot program, must pay their fines. Some people are wondering if the system is legal, so KAKE asked attorney Dan Monnat to weigh in. “We may not like living in a high-tech world of “big brother-like” recordation of our every public action, but that doesn’t mean it’s unconstitutional,” Monnat said….
Wichita police are using 97 cameras to monitor the Old Town area for safety. Now, some of those cameras are being used for traffic enforcement. KSN Legal Expert Dan Monnat says, “You have no reasonable expectation of privacy in actions or driving behaviors that you knowingly display to the general public….”
Video of a Saline County traffic stop has gone viral, showing a deputy asking the driver and passenger for their license and ID, which they say they don’t need to produce. Dan Monnat explains drivers’ rights and asks, “Was the officer’s use of force reasonable or overkill…”
More than a week since the remains of a 3-year-old boy were found inside a concrete structure, many questions surround the case. Dan Monnat tells KWCH TV, “Likely there’s an autopsy involved here to determine whether or not the child died of natural causes or criminal means,” and those results could point investigators in a different direction…
WICHITA, Kan. – A criminal case against a Wichita Police Officer accused of rape has been closed. While Officer Marlon Woolcock was arrested , he was never charged with the crime. The case has been dismissed because forensic evidence could not substantiate the case. Says KAKE Legal Expert Dan Monnat: “It is the duty of the District Attorney, and the media who broadcast that officer’s arrest, to make it clear to the public this individual is innocent, he has been exonerated, he did not commit a crime…
WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita police said a man was arrested on a terrorism charge after 911 dispatchers received calls referencing a post allegedly made by the suspect on social media. Defense attorney Dan Monnat says a terroristic threat is considered a felony, but he says prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt the criminal intent necessary to commit the crime….
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…”
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…
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….”