On February 15, 2017, the Johnson County Veterans Treatment Court honored its first graduate from the program. The Johnson County Veterans Treatment Court was launched in January 2016. It is the first program of its type in Kansas. This specialty court began in Buffalo, New York, in 2008. There are now more than 250 veterans…

By Diane L. Bellquist, J.D. When you hear the term “impaired provider,” you may think of the doctor who practices under the influence or who has hit rock bottom to the point he or she can no longer function to hold the practice together.You may be surprised by what the impaired provider label encompasses. Case…

In 2006, Kansas enacted legislation requiring the use of ignition interlock devices by some DUI offenders. The device is a breathalyzer installed in the ignition part of a motor vehicle. The driver must provide a breath sample for the device before the vehicle will start. Any detection of alcohol will prevent the vehicle from starting….

On February 6, 2017, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387). According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, one of several advocacy groups that pushed for this legislation, “H.R. 387 would codify the Sixth Circuit’s ruling in U.S. v. Warshak, which held that the Fourth Amendment demands that the…

The legalization of marijuana by some states has started a national debate about driving under the influence of marijuana. Kansas doesn’t have a separate law regarding driving under the influence of marijuana, as opposed to driving under the influence of alcohol. The current DUI law prohibits driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or…

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