For the past decade I have practiced criminal defense exclusively in Federal,
State and Local courts at the trial and appellate levels. I have
defended clients charged with every variety of crime from municipal
disorderly conduct to Federal wire/mail fraud and complex money
laundering cases. My state court experience includes defending homicide
cases, sexual offenses and other serious felonies.
United States v. Hall, F.Supp.2d, 2010 U.S. Dist.
LEXIS 131466 (D. Kan. 2010). Dismissal of mail fraud, wire fraud, money
laundering and other charges on vagueness grounds.
United States v. Luis Diaz, Case Number 08-10100-01 MLB (D. Kan. August 1, 2008).
Federal drug case, suppression of 1.2 pounds of methamphetamine found in a vehicle
following a traffic stop.
State v. Rexroat, (99,432, Kan. Ct. App. November 21, 2008) (unpublished). Appellate
Court’s affirmance of district court’s dismissal of charges based on the impermissible
stacking in inchoate offenses (i.e. a defendant cannot be charged with an “Attempted
Indecent Solicitation of a Child).
State v. Wade, Kansas (Kan. 95,649, July 13, 2007). Kansas Supreme Court's reversal of
client's First Degree Murder Conviction and life sentence and ordering of a new trial due to
trial court's erroneous amendment of the charges to conform with the defendant's testimony
during trial. Supreme Court held this violated the defendant's rights of due process and
prohibited him from preparing and presenting a defense.
State of Kansas v. Manbeck, Allen County Case No. 01 CR 302, trial counsel for
defendant charged with Involuntary Manslaughter DUI. Argued the sentencing court could
not enhance defendant's sentence as the language of the statute required a finding that the
defendant was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time of the offense, and
defendant was only found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the
offense. Defendant's enhanced sentence reversed by the Kansas Court of Appeals in 31
Kan. App. 2d 618 (2003). Court of Appeals reversal affirmed by the Kansas Supreme
Court in 277 Kan. 224 (2004).
State of Kansas v. Beaman, Allen County Case No. 01 CR 19, jury verdict of not guilty of
aggravated assault with a firearm upon a law enforcement officer. Defendant's Motion to
Dismiss kidnapping charge for lack of probable cause sustained following preliminary
State of Kansas v. Spellman, Crawford County Case No. 99 CR 490 G, Motion to
Suppress 2.65 grams of methamphetamine granted based on deputies's illegal ruse entry
into home. Entry followed Sheriff's deputy allowing defendant to believe her children had
run away or been kidnapped, even though the deputy knew the children were safe at the
Olson v. City of Independence and Klars Jewelers, Montgomery County Case No. 96 C
106, civil jury verdict of no liability for Klars Jewelers following plaintiff's slip and fall in
front of jewelry store. Judgment affirmed by the Kansas Court of Appeals, Case No.
1999-80700 (Kan. Ct. App. August 6, 1999)(unpublished).
Licensed since 1996
Jim is an outstanding criminal defense attorney who truly cares about the wellbeing of his clients. Jim's knowledge of criminal law and passion for protecting clients' rights are qualities any individual accused of a crime would value.
John Kerns Criminal Defense Attorney
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|KS||Authorized to practice law||1996||07/27/2015|
|Attorney||The Law Office of James R. Pratt||2011 - Present|
|Associate||Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered||2003 - 2011|
|Trial Attorney||Southeast Kansas Public Defender's Office||2001 - 2003|
|Attorney||The Law Office of James Pratt||1999 - 2001|
|Associate||Henshall, Pennington & Brake||1996 - 1999|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2003 - Present|
|Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Secretary||2003 - Present|
|Kansas Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Wichita Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Washburn University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|University of South Carolina||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1991|