Robert Dodell

September 24, 2020
Threatening or Intimidating Criminal Defense

Difference Between Domestic Violence and Abuse?

Domestic violence and domestic abuse are two common terms that are typically used to describe various unlawful acts in a court of law. There is a thin line between the term domestic violence and domestic abuse. Different statutes may have a slightly varying definition of domestic violence and abuse, but most of the definitions have similar descriptions. The US Department of Justice defines domestic violence as crimes of violence and felonies done by a current or former partner, cohabiting partner, spouse, or intimate partner to the victim. However, some statues, including Arizona’s, also include children victims as part of domestic […]
September 19, 2020

Criminal Charges for not Wearing COVID Face Masks or Coverings

The laws and guidelines surrounding COVID-19 can be complicated. With so many states enacting different laws, it can be difficult to understand what’s happening in Arizona. Currently, some of the laws have changed. What’s the Difference Between Guidelines and Laws? There is little known about the COVID-19 virus. While its danger is obvious, the symptoms and overall impact vary from place to place. Health guidelines are frequently recommended for states or countries to stay as safe as possible, but this does not necessarily mean they are enforceable by law. Many communities have their own set of rules that must be […]
August 26, 2020

Eliminating Your DUI Record in Arizona

Many people who are convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol want to know exactly when their record may be eligible for setting aside the conviction after all conditions of punishment are satisfied. The set aside is Arizona’s version of an expungement. A criminal history in general can be a real ongoing problem for those convicted, and especially when the charge is for impaired driving. This can be a factor in obtaining employment and even eligibility for government services or housing when there is a drug charge connected to the DUI record. Receiving a DUI citation is a watershed […]
August 18, 2020

Unexpected Ways a DUI Can Impact Your Life

People know that a drinking and driving conviction will limit a driver’s freedom – due to mandatory jail and driver’s license restrictions. But it hardly ends there. The decision to drive while intoxicated is a decision that will have ripple effects impacting not only your life but also your loved ones. Does a DUI Mean that Your Life’s Over? No, the impact of a DUI on your life does not necessarily cripple your day-to-day living and work, but it is going to be a mess for a while. The first time you’re convicted, it can cost you thousands. You may […]
July 29, 2020
arizona criminal conviction appeals

Appealing a Criminal Conviction in Arizona

If a defendant is found guilty of a crime in a jury trial in Arizona, they will likely wonder what their next step should be. Well, when someone receives a criminal conviction, it isn’t always the end of the story. The law has built-in safeguards designed to protect anyone who has been wrongfully convicted of a crime.   New Trial Motion Often the first step is making a motion to the court for a new trial. The convicted defendant in Arizona has the right to request a new trial within ten days after the entering of their verdict as guilty. […]
July 24, 2020
Hiring a Criminal Lawyer to Represent You

What Happens If You Violate Coronavirus Lockdown in Arizona?

States and cities have the power to mandate whether residents must stay home, and which businesses may remain opened or closed in response to the coronavirus. The governor’s order requires residents to limit their time away from home except when they engage in essential activities. In Arizona, essential activities include working essential jobs and exercising. Law Enforcement is Instructed to Warn Before Arresting If you fail to comply with the lockdown order, you may face criminal penalties. However, law enforcement has been instructed to provide residents with an opportunity to comply with lockdown orders before they perform an arrest. The […]
July 20, 2020
Threatening or Intimidating Criminal Defense

When is Self-Defense Justified in Arizona?

When you find yourself in a self-defense situation, you may assume that you can defend yourself to the fullest extent allowed by law. However, if you attempt to claim self-defense after a violent or deadly encounter, you will discover that there are limits to self-defense and you may even face criminal charges if you go too far. Arizona has self-defense laws referred to as “stand your ground” laws, and you will have the opportunity to defend yourself without being forced to retreat. You may also use threats instead of force. If someone were to start punching you, Arizona law permits […]
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