Robert Dodell

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 […]
June 26, 2020
rise of domestic violence in arizona

Understanding Domestic Violence Charges in Arizona

In Arizona, the definition of domestic violence (DV) is quite broad. You won’t find this charge as its own crime in state laws. Instead, you will face a DV penalty in addition to underlying charges for other acts if you have a domestic relationship with the alleged victim. The domestic violence designation could apply to multiple underlying crimes, including the following: Criminal damage or trespassing Disorderly conduct Physical, sexual, or aggravated ssault Endangerment Harassment Kidnapping Negligent homicide, manslaughter, or murder Stalking, intimidating, or threatening Unlawful imprisonment Your Relationship to the Victim Determines Whether DV Applies To meet the state’s definition […]
June 23, 2020
DUIs And Motorcyclists

Some Key Facts Concerning Motorcyclists in Arizona

As a former prosecutor and an experienced criminal attorney, Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, offers zealous representation in DUI cases involving motorcyclists. The Scottsdale-based law firm offers useful educational information for the public about DUI’s and motorcycles in the Grand Canyon State: Six Key Background Facts About Arizona Motorcyclists The State of Arizona specifically licenses drivers of motorcycles. These individuals apply to receive an “M” class license endorsement. The standard M license expires at age 65, although drivers must renew the photo and eye exam portions of the application at 12-year intervals. Applicants for an M class license endorsement […]
May 18, 2020
Police Misconduct

Arizona Age Of Consent: Some Important Facts

There are multiple elements in law that have an effect on the outcome of cases. One of the major factors always considered is the age of the people involved in the case. One of the most classic applications of age in legal matters is the age of consent. This has placed countless individuals in Arizona and beyond into legal trouble, both justified and otherwise. Given its sensitivity, it’s appropriate that we further discuss the age of consent in the state of Arizona and what it means for those who are facing cases where age affects what they can be charged […]
May 11, 2020

Can I Get a DUI If I Am Not Driving?

Driving under the influence, also known as DUI, is a criminal offence that cuts across all parts of society. Driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances is a bad idea in any part of the globe, mainly because of the potential of causing harm or death to yourself and others. This is especially so in Arizona, a state boasting arguably the toughest DUI laws in the United States. One of the most common questions I receive is if it is possible to get a DUI when you aren’t driving. In this article, I will try to answer this […]
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