Prosecutor has burden of proving prior convictions at sentencing

Posted by Matt McLane | Feb 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Prior convictions against your client must be shown by competent evidence, and the best evidence of a prior conviction is a certified copy of a journal entry from the convicting court. When a defendant properly contests the accuracy of his criminal history and the State attempts to establish criminal history with copies of official documents, those documents must satisfy the requirements of authentication under Kansas law.

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