Chris Joseph and his colleagues on the defense bar noticed a dramatic uptick in grand jury indictments in Shawnee County—often on the eve of a preliminary hearing where a probable cause determination would have been made in open court, rather than in a closed grand jury proceeding. The practice of securing indictments using a grand…

Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC welcomes veteran criminal defense attorney Roger L. Falk on June 1, as Falk merges his solo practice – Law Office of Roger L. Falk, PA – with the larger statewide firm. This is the second time in three years that Joseph, Hollander & Craft has expanded through mergers. The firm…

B. Keith Edwards – formerly an Assistant District Defender in Topeka’s Third Judicial District Public Defender’s Office – has joined the Criminal Division of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC. Based in the firm’s Wichita office, Edwards represents individuals charged with criminal offenses in municipal and state courts. “The attorneys in the firm are well respected…

Ross A. Hollander, of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC, has been ranked among the state’s top tier of labor and employment lawyers by Chambers USA 2018. This is the tenth consecutive year that Hollander has received a top ranking from Chambers USA. After conducting independent interviews with clients and lawyers, Chambers USA ranks attorneys based…

Law enforcement officials call it a tool, but critics call it highway robbery. Its real name is civil asset forfeiture – it’s how a traffic stop could end with someone losing their life’s savings. Attorney Chris Joseph is on the other side of the issue. He’s working to reform that law. Unlike criminal asset forfeiture,…

  TOPEKA, Kan. – Attorney Diane L. Bellquist, of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC, is the newly elected President of the Topeka Bar Association. Bellquist has been a member of the TBA Board of Directors since 2011, most recently serving as the organization’s President-Elect. She was honored as the TBA’s Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2012…

A defendant is entitled to present alternate theories of defense at trial. And the jury must receive each instruction supported by the evidence—regardless of which party presents that evidence. In State v. Lindemuth, Christopher Joseph and Carrie Parker’s application of this law resulted in a reversed conviction for their client. The case began in 2015,…

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