Practice Areas

DUI

The DUI attorneys in our Wichita, Kansas City, Lawrence & Topeka offices defend state and municipal DUI and DWI prosecutions. Our lawyers have represented hundreds of individuals charged with felony and misdemeanor driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated.

Criminal Defense

Perhaps the most critical decision you make when charged with a crime is who to hire as your criminal defense attorney. You need a lawyer who you can trust to aggressively defend the charges and evaluate all defenses.

Federal Crimes

We have defended indictments for mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, medicare and medicaid fraud, securities fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, and income tax evasion.

Computer Crimes

Federal agents and local police frequently begin investigations by seizing home and business computers. As soon as your home or business computer is seized, you need an attorney who knows computer forensics.

Civil Forfeiture

Police assume that a large amount of cash means that drugs are somehow involved and can seize the cash even when there is no hard evidence of a connection to drug trafficking.

Litigation

When your business, livelihood or reputation is on the line, you want an experienced advocate fighting for you.

Family Law & Divorce

When your financial future and your relationship with your children are at stake, you need our experienced divorce and family law attorneys to help you settle your life.

Professional Licensing

When your license, livelihood, and reputation are on the line, you need professional licensing attorneys who are experienced and skilled in litigating before regulatory boards and agencies.

Employment Law

The skilled attorneys at Joseph Hollander & Craft LLC will help you develop effective employment policies and procedures and give you the tools to implement them.

Military Administrative

We represent active duty service members involved in adverse administrative actions. Our firm is located in central Kansas-within driving distance of many Army and Air Force military installations.

WHO WE ARE

Joseph, Hollander & Craft is one of the premier litigation firms in Kansas. From our offices in Wichita, Overland Park, Kansas City, Topeka, and Lawrence, the firm’s attorneys aggressively represent our clients in cases in Kansas and across the United States. When we can’t resolve our clients’ problems with practical recommendations and reasonable negotiations, we use our experience and skills to control the litigation and produce decisive results.

When your business, your freedom, your property, or your career is at stake, you want the attorney standing beside you to be skilled, prepared, and relentless. We are. We undertake complex contract, employment and civil rights litigation, defend against life-changing criminal prosecutions, protect children and property in divorce and family law cases, and battle claims of professional misconduct against attorneys, doctors, judges, accountants, real estate agents, and others.

Our firm can be found in the Martindale Hubbell® Bar Register of Pre Eminent Lawyers, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms, and Chambers USA’s The World’s Leading Lawyers. Many of our lawyers have been awarded the highest individual peer-review ratings assigned by Martindale Hubbell®. Attorneys in our firm have been selected by their peers for listing in Best Lawyers in America. Three were recently recognized by Best Lawyers in America as “Lawyer of the Year” in their field. Four were designated as Super Lawyers or Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers.

Our History

The Firm has more than tripled in size since its inception and remains dedicated to superior courtroom litigation. The firm has well-established practice groups for Criminal Defense, Employment Law, Family Law, Professional Liability Defense and Civil Litigation.

Added Overland Park Office
With the acquisition of Erickson Scherff, LLC, the firm added an Overland Park office and expanded its reach into the Kansas City market.

Alli Jacoby Joins as COO
Alli Jacoby joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer. With experience managing operations and practice groups in both large and small law firm environments, Jacoby took over the management of the Firm’s growing operations and joined the members in the development and implementation of the Firm’s long-term growth strategy.

Julia Craft Joins
Julia Craft joined the firm’s leadership. With decades of experience and a distinguished reputation in family law, Craft took the helm of the firm’s growing domestic practice. The firm was renamed Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC.

Added Lawrence Office
To accommodate its growing northeastern Kansas clientele, the firm opened a Lawrence office.

Christopher Joseph Joins
Christopher Joseph joined the firm as the Managing Member of the Topeka office. In the coming years, Joseph would become a major player in state and federal criminal defense.

Opening
Joseph & Hollander PA was formed as a law firm dedicated to civil and criminal litigation. Three associates joined Joseph & Hollander’s offices in Wichita and Topeka, and the firm set out to build a reputation for excellence in Kansas courtrooms.

MEET OUR ATTORNEYS

Mr. Joseph represents individuals and businesses in complex civil litigation and during the investigation and prosecution of criminal charges. Mr. Joseph is a member of the Kansas, Topeka, and Douglas County Bar Associations and has earned Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest “AV” rating for lawyers.
Employment litigation dominates Mr. Hollander’s practice, but his extensive litigation experience also includes general civil, commercial, and bankruptcy practice. His employment litigation practice focuses on management employment law, while contract and covenant law dominate his civil litigation practice.
Ms. Craft’s family law practice includes divorce, child custody, child support, parenting time, spousal maintenance, premarital agreements, separation agreements, guardianships, child in need of care proceedings, and juvenile offenders. Ms. Craft is admitted to practice before the Kansas Supreme Court and all other Kansas courts.
Family law dominates Ms. Lawless’s practice, including divorce, property settlement agreements, premarital agreements, paternity actions, and maintenance, with a focus on child custody matters, parenting time, and child support. Ms. Lawless also has extensive experience as criminal defense attorney consisting of complex federal and state cases.
Mr. Hoeme represents persons charged with any crime in the municipal, state, or federal courts of Kansas. Mr. Hoeme’s practice is concentrated on representing persons charged with serious traffic offenses, driving under the influence, drug crimes and other crimes against persons.
Ms. Scherff has extensive experience litigating felony jury trials in both federal and state courts. She is one of only a handful of Kansas lawyers qualified by Kansas to handle death penalty cases, and is one of only two lawyers in Kansas’ history of death penalty cases to get a capital case dismissed.
Mr. Falk represents individuals and businesses in criminal defense charges. Mr. Falk is a member of the Kansas, Wichita, and Sedgwick County Bar Associations and has earned several awards from well known recognition leaders in the industry like Avvo and Martindale.
Mr. McPherson’s family law practice includes divorce, child custody, child support, parenting time, spousal maintenance, premarital agreements, separation agreements, child in need of care, and juvenile offenders. His criminal law practice consists of defense of persons charged with crimes in state and municipal courts.
Ms. Erickson’s diverse practice includes all levels of adult felonies and misdemeanors, including drug manufacturing, sale, and possession; sex offenses; violent crimes; domestic violence; property crimes; all levels of juvenile crime; DUIs and other traffic offenses.
Ms. Bellquist’s practice is focused on general civil litigation and defending licensed individuals and entities in licensing actions involving their regulatory bodies. Representation of licensees includes appealing application denials, responding in investigations of complaints, negotiating settlement agreements, defending against allegations in formal disciplinary proceedings.
Mr. Meek’s practice is focused on the defense of individuals accused of crimes, with an emphasis on DUI and traffic crimes. Mr. Meek is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the Douglas County Bar Association, and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Ms. Parker’s practice is concentrated in criminal defense and civil litigation. Ms. Parker is admitted to practice before the Kansas Supreme Court, all other Kansas courts, and the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.Ms. Parker is a member of the Kansas, Topeka, and Douglas County Bar Associations.
Ms. Henry’s practice is concentrated in family law.After graduating from law school, Ms. Henry served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Chanute. In that position, she successfully prosecuted cases at the city level, including DUI, traffic, MIP, and petty theft. Ms. Henry is a member of the Kansas and Wichita Bar Associations.
Ms. Malotte’s practice is concentrated in civil litigation with an emphasis on employment law. Ms. Malotte is admitted to practice before the Kansas Supreme Court, all other Kansas courts and the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.
Mr. Edwards represents individuals charged with criminal offenses both misdemeanors and felonies in Sedgwick county municipal and state courts.
Ms. Smith-Woertz practice is concentrated in family law with an emphasis on divorce and child custody matters. Ms. Smith-Woertz is admitted to practice before the Kansas Supreme Court, all other Kansas courts and the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.
Anne M. Kindling devotes her legal practice to health and hospital law, administrative and regulatory defense, and general civil litigation. Ms. Kindling received her juris doctorate cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law in 1993.

Criminal Defense

Perhaps the most critical decision you make when charged with a crime is who to hire as your criminal defense attorney. You need a lawyer you can trust to thoroughly investigate the charges and evaluate all defenses. With experience in Kansas trial and appellate courts, Joseph, Hollander & Craft’s criminal defense attorneys bring a far-reaching perspective to all their criminal cases.

We know the value of combining in-court advocacy with written motion practice. Our skilled attorneys make your case in the courtroom and on paper. Whether we are working for an acquittal, dismissal of charges, suppression of evidence, or reversal of a lower court’s decision, our litigation approach coordinates efforts inside and outside of the courtroom.

We are also committed to our roles as legal advisors. While we work tirelessly to identify every available defense, we also candidly help our clients evaluate whether a diversion or plea agreement may provide the best resolution under the circumstances.

When our clients end up at a sentencing, we don’t just go through the motions. Our criminal defense lawyers put on evidence, obtain evaluations, and fight for the court to understand the person behind the conviction. A good defense attorney with a solid sentencing presentation can be the difference between prison and probation.

Joseph, Hollander & Craft’s criminal defense attorneys in Wichita, Topeka, Lawrence, and Overland Park represent individuals charged with crimes in federal, state, and municipal courts. We defend a wide array of charges, including violent crimes, sex crimes, computer crimes, drug crimes, firearms charges, fraud, theft, and juvenile matters. Our attorneys regularly handle high-profile cases covered by the press, but no case is too small. We bring the same aggressive approach to every courtroom. We like to win, no matter the venue.

We are well regarded by judges and other attorneys, as reflected in peer review ratings in the Martindale Hubbell® Bar Register of Pre Eminent Lawyers, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Law Firms, Chambers USA’s The World’s Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers®–just to name a few.

Kansas Criminal Defense Process

Representation during an investigation
The moment you recognize that you are the target of a criminal investigation, you need an attorney. If you recognize this before law enforcement contacts you for an interview, prior consultation with a criminal defense attorney will provide insight into whether agreeing to meet for questioning is in your best interests. Invoking your right to counsel prevents police from using your words against you. The FBI, for example, has a policy that prohibits recording interviews. The only report of what you say to the FBI will be a report made by an agent whose goal may be to convict you of a federal crime.

Representation during an investigation is critical. Guidance from an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you manage your situation and potentially minimize the impact of the investigation. Defense counsel can try to persuade prosecutors to not file charges. We can ask for notification when charges are filed to avoid police executing an arrest warrant at your home or work. We can arrange for bail and walk you through the process.

Court proceedings before trial
There are several opportunities to win a criminal case before a trial. None should be passed by. Charges can be dismissed. Evidence can be suppressed because it was obtained in violation of your constitutional or statutory rights. There may have been errors in the way the evidence was processed or stored that make it inappropriate for admission or of little value in proving a case against you. Prosecution experts can and should be challenged. Motions should be filed that attack the way the prosecution intends to present its case to a jury. A good criminal defense attorney will challenge the prosecution’s case long before trial.

Plea offers
Virtually every criminal defendant faces a decision of whether to go to trial or accept a plea offer. This can be a difficult and gut-wrenching decision. You need an attorney who will give you candid advice about your chances of getting a charges dismissed for defect, excluding key evidence, or winning at a trial.

You also need an attorney who understands the collateral consequences associated with various convictions who can advise you regarding the costs and benefits of your options. Plea negotiations should consider much more than the length or nature of the sentence; they must address registration, eligibility for certain programs in incarceration, eligibility for expungement, and numerous other issues specific to the facts of your case and your individual circumstances.

Trial
No matter what case you take to trial, you want a well-respected trial attorney who has won major criminal jury trials. There are plenty of attorneys who have taken a large number of cases to jury trial. That does not tell you much. How many have they won? Did they mount a serious defense?

Perhaps the only way to evaluate a trial attorney’s courtroom skill is to look at what judges and other attorneys think of their ability. Various entities exist that provide such peer review ratings. Please feel free to research our ratings.

Sentencing
If your case concludes with a plea agreement or guilty verdict, you must proceed to sentencing. The vast majority of sentencing hearings are less than 30 minutes and entail attorneys and judges simply going through the motions. The only time that you will find our attorneys participating in such a hearing is when we have arranged an agreement in advance of sentencing that gets the best possible result.

If a sentencing agreement cannot be reached, your attorney should file the appropriate motions for a departure, variance, or border box sentence. A contested sentencing hearing should include evidence. The judge should be provided with a sentencing memorandum, letters of support, expert reports, and information about your progress—through a treatment program or otherwise. Witness testimony may be appropriate. A good attorney considers a sentencing hearing as important as a jury trial.

Appeals
You may be entitled to appeal your conviction or sentence for review by a higher court. If you do appeal, you need an attorney who understands the process and the differences between district and appellate court practice. The bulk of the appellate process occurs on paper. Some attorneys may put on an excellent performance in the courtroom but be unable to convey the same powerful message in written briefs. Our criminal defense team is experienced in written and oral advocacy. Our attorneys have litigated and won appeals in the Kansas Court of Appeals, the Kansas Supreme Court, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Expungements
Many convictions can be expunged three to five years after your sentence has been completed. The effect of an expungement is to seal the records related to your criminal case so that they are not available to the public. An order of expungement also permits you to say, under most circumstances, that you have not been convicted of the expunged crime.

Expungement also applies to arrests and diversions. Even if you have not been convicted of a crime, your arrest record and filings associated with a deferred prosecution are public information and available through online background search databases. Especially during job searches, many people would prefer that this information not be so easily accessible. An order of expungement can seal these records, too.

Our attorneys are well-versed in the ins and outs of expungement laws, including the intricacies related to registration offenses. We are always pleased to assist former clients and new clients in clearing their records.

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Testimonials

  • They take care of you quickly and easily.
        

    Stephen Joseph and the crew at Joseph Hollander & Craft do care about their clients, I have been a client now for over 10 years and anything legal that comes up... I simply call them and it gets taken care of.
    Buba Wilson
  • Cares About Your Business Well Being.
        

    Ross Hollander is a very thorough attorney and does not try to cut any corners when it comes to your businesses well being. We have done business with Ross now for over 15 years.
    Brian Jones
  • Best Divorce Attorneys In Kansas.
        

    After going through a very nasty divorce Julia not only helped me not be pushed around by my husband but she also helped me keep my sanity. Priceless law firm.
    Mary A Harris
  • Best DUI defense attorneys in the state!
         Casey had a very challenging DUI case with me, and was able to get the charge knocked down to an exhibition of speed charge. I am so thankful I made the decision to call the firm.
    Jason L.
  • Divorce representation was quick & painless.
         I was going through a very nasty divorce, and it seemed like after I hired divorce attorney Julia Craft all my problems went away. She was able to wrap up the divorce proceedings in a matter of a few months, and we are both happy in our new lives now.
    Jennifer Harris
  • High quality criminal defense representation.
         Chris Joseph is ranked as one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state of Kansas for a reason, he is very thorough and sees every minuet detail. When your life and well-being is on the line, you better trust someone that is proven one of the best in the Midwest!
    Eric – Lawrence, KS
  • Quick & Painless Representation
        

    I had gone to jail for street racing and right after it happened I called Bach. The next week we went down to the courthouse paid a $100 fine and got the issue knocked down to exhibition of speed.
    David Harris