Robert Dodell

July 27, 2019

How Effective is Rule 11 in Arizona?

Rule 11 can be used in the state of Arizona if it is suspected that a defendant is mentally incompetent. However, there is some debate today if Rule 11 is truly effective in this state. Why is that? According to the ACLU (American Council of Civil Liberties), more than half of the population in Arizona prisons are actually suffering from mental disorders. That has led some to believe that Rule 11 doesn’t really apply or isn’t at all effect in this state. What is a Rule 11 Hearing? Simply put, a Rule 11 hearing in Arizona is a proceeding where […]
June 28, 2019

Arizona Lawmakers Approve Ban on Cellphone Use While Driving

In April of this year, Arizona became the 48th state to prohibit the use of mobile phones and other handheld mobile devices while driving. The bill was signed on April 22, 2019 by Republican Governor Doug Ducey, which will give effect to a statewide ban on using handheld devices while driving starting January 2021. While police officers are not yet allowed to issue tickets to violators, they can already issue warnings. Once the law takes effect on the first day of January 2021, first-time violators will be issued tickets that will require them to pay a civil penalty from $75 […]
June 23, 2019
Drug Use Lead to a DUI

How Can I Get My License Back After a DUI?

Partying is not a crime. However, drinking and driving is not a good combination. In the US, it is estimated that 28 people die every day from car crashes caused by alcohol consumption. This roughly translates to one person dying every 51 minutes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The statistics are bad enough to understand why driving while intoxicated is strictly enforced and why the law requires the suspension of a driving privileges. What Is DUI? DUI means driving under the influence. Depending on which state, it may be called other names such as Driving While […]
June 11, 2019

When You May Want to Waive Your Right to a Jury Trial

The US Constitution recognizes and protects the right of every citizen to a jury trial (Art III, Sec. 2, and the Sixth Amendment). But, you can also waive your right for a jury trial if you prefer a bench trial, where only the judge decides on the verdict. In general, people would not want to waive their right to have a jury trial. But, there may be cases when that will be the best option to take. When to Waive Your Right to a Trial by Jury According to the courts, any person can waive his or her right to […]
May 29, 2019
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Arizona Helping Hands, Foster Care and Adoption

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” With that powerful quote in mind from Charles Dickens, The Law Office of Robert A. Dodell and staff toured Arizona Helping Hands, a non-profit organization that helps families with children in foster care.  President & CEO, Dan Shufelt, kindly escorted us through their facility. Our law office works on multiple adoptions a year for families who are either foster parents or relative or non-relative placements of children who are wards of the court and in the legal custody of the Department of Child Safety (DCS). It’s fulfilling […]
May 18, 2019

10 Tips to Help You Decide What Criminal Defense Law Firm to Hire

Tips to Help You Find an Experienced Criminal Defense to Help You An experienced and reputable criminal lawyer can help you face your accusers – whether you’re facing charges for DUI, theft or any other crime. But, finding the right criminal defense lawyer to work with can be difficult. Having said that, here are 10 tips that will help you decide which criminal defense law firm to work with. Go for an experienced law firm. – Your prospective lawyer must be familiar with the specific type of crime you are charged with. It is not inappropriate to ask for a […]
May 2, 2019

What Are the Common Crime Defenses in Arizona?

Every American has a constitutional right to be present in court for criminal charges. So, if you have to face a judge, you should get an attorney to guide and help you. In addition, you must educate and familiarize yourself with regard to the common defenses to crimes in the state. The Elements of a Criminal Defense Alibi It is submitted to prove innocence. To strengthen your defense, you have to show that you could not have committed the crime. For example, you may have been somewhere else when the crime was committed and even have been with another person […]