Roger : Hi - my name is XXXXX XXXXX I'm a litigation attorney. Thanks for your question. I'll be glad to assist.
Roger : If this was non-violent contact asking for a receipt related to money you were ordered to pay her, this doesn't sound like a very serious situation in terms of the penalty you should be looking at.
Roger : Here's the statute: http://kansasstatutes.lesterama.org/Chapter_21/Article_38/21-3843.html
so should i get an attorney and fight this
or plea guilty as charge and hope they just fine me
Roger : As you likely know, each charge carries a max of 1 year in jail and up to a $2500 fine (http://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/kansas-misdemeanor-crimes-class-and-sentences.htm).
Roger : SO, the exposure is serious, but because the actions themselves aren't threatening or violent, it would be unusual for a judge to throw the book at you over asking for a receipt.
Roger : You definitely should consider hiring an attorney to try and cut a deal with the prosecutor and have an agreement together before you go to court.
So I should just plead not guilty and get a lawyer to assist at the actual trial.
Roger : IT's likely that an attorney could get you a deal for probation and a fine.
Roger : That's likely the best course.
Ok so I will find a lawyer.
Roger : If you can reach a deal before the trial, you can announce that to the judge for approval and avoid a trial.
Roger : You should consult a local criminal law attorney.
Roger : You can search for one by location and area of practice here: www.martindale.com.
Roger : When you go to the site, click on I Want to Find a Lawyer or Law Firm and then enter your relevant information.
Thank you. I will use that site.
Roger : No problem. Please let me know if you need anything further.