Robert Dodell

February 22, 2018

Legality of Texting and Driving in Arizona

Do You Need a Texting and Driving Legal Defense Attorney It is most important, in the day of the smartphone, to know whether you can use the phone while driving. After all, there are states that do not allow drivers to use a cellular phone behind the wheel, let alone talk or text while driving. But then again, there are states that are more lenient. Keep in mind, while it may be legal, it is not safe. Here are some statistics on distracted driving in America: 69% of drivers say they have talked on the phone while driving during the […]
February 8, 2018

Can You Get The Charges Dropped

Can a Victim of Domestic Violence Drop Charges? Domestic violence is one of the major causes of separation and divorce. Oftentimes, the shouting and arguing can become physical and quickly snowballs into abuse. Domestic violence is ugly. The physical and emotional abuse becomes traumatic not only for the victim, but also for the other household members. However, the decision to file charges against one’s spouse needs thoughtful consideration. While it’s easy to call on the police and hire a lawyer to accuse the spouse of domestic abuse, dropping the charge is a different thing altogether, and it is also more […]
January 19, 2018

Potential Impact for Marijuana Legalization in Arizona in Criminal Law

When it comes to understanding the ramifications of marijuana legalization, it pays to take a glimpse at it on a state by state basis. This is important, because in this day and age, many states are beginning to take action to legalize marijuana, either for medical use or recreation. Arizona is making headlines for this very reason, so you owe it to yourself to learn all that you can about marijuana legalization in Arizona. From here, you will be able to understand the ramifications and how things might change. With this in mind, read on.   #1: Legalized marijuana will […]
January 13, 2018

Is A Hit And Run Considered A Felony In Arizona?

Yes, a hit and run accident that causes death or serious physical injury is considered a felony. The charges might vary depending on the circumstances of the accident. However, a hit and run accident is considered a class 2 felony where there is death or serious physical injury.If the defendant fled the scene of the crime, but didn’t cause the accident in the first place, he/she will be charged with a class 3 felony. On the other hand, a class 5 felony is charged if the hit and run doesn’t cause serious physical injury or death. Note that, if you’re […]
January 4, 2018

Boating Accidents DUI Defense Lawyer: What You Should Know

Recreational boating has been a popular leisure activity in the U.S. for years. Whether with powerboats or sailboats, over 87 million people enjoy recreational boating and other water sports activities such as fishing and water skiing every year. Because of these leisure activities, boat Driving Under the Influence is a recurring problem.   Boating DUI Unlike our highways, waterways do not have marked lanes, road signs and street lamps. Our boats do not use the same braking mechanism as cars do. Aside from the big difference in operating environment, like any motorized vehicle, the three main contributing factors of boating […]
December 20, 2017

Arizona’s Mitigating Circumstances Law

A person who is convicted of a felony usually has mitigating circumstances that a court should consider when imposing a sentence. The mitigating circumstances are found at A.R.S. § 13-701(E)(1)-(6): The age of the defendant. The defendant’s capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of the defendant’s conduct or to conform the defendant’s conduct to the requirements of law was significantly impaired, but not so impaired as to constitute a defense to prosecution. The defendant was under unusual or substantial duress, although not to a degree that would constitute a defense to prosecution. The degree of the defendant’s participation in the crime […]
December 8, 2017
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Arizona DUI Checkpoints, What to Know and How to Be Prepared for Them

In the state of Arizona, DUI laws and the corresponding penalties for violation are among the strictest in the country. To help make sure that the laws are enforced, the state sets up sobriety checkpoints all over the state during various times of the year. The checkpoints are common during holidays like the 4th of July, Memorial Day, New Year’s Eve, and Labor Day. At the checkpoints, police officers are on the lookout for impaired drivers.   What to Expect at DUI Checkpoints Police officers manning a sobriety checkpoint may either stop all passing vehicles or use a pre-determined pattern […]
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