Robert Dodell

August 23, 2021

Can You Trust the Validity of Breathalyzer Results in Arizona?

Are Breathalyzer Tests Accurate? It’s common for people to be pulled over by law enforcement due to a suspicion of driving under the influence. The law enforcement officer may then try to determine a person’s blood-alcohol content by asking them to take a breathalyzer test. They will have to blow into a machine designed to determine the level of alcohol in their system. Should their blood-alcohol content register as, over the legal limit, they will be arrested for DUI. However, the results of a breathalyzer test are often controversial. Accuracy Many people don’t realize that the efficiency of a breathalyzer […]
June 28, 2021

Arizona Implied Consent Law

In Arizona, you face conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) if there is evidence that the driver has a 0.08 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) or higher. The proof of your BAC comes from a breathalyzer or blood test. You might think that, by refusing the test, you can beat a DUI conviction. However, Arizona implied consent law makes such a strategy ineffective. Under this law, refusing a blood or breath test can complicate your ability to drive. What is Implied Consent? When you drive on Arizona’s streets and roads, you give permission to be tested if you’re stopped or […]
May 31, 2021

What Is the Insanity Defense?

If you’ve watched courtroom dramas and cop television shows, you’ve likely heard of the insanity defense before. This type of defense is sometimes brought up as a joke, but the insanity defense is a very real thing that can be used when answering a charge in a criminal proceeding. Unfortunately, many people have the wrong idea about exactly what an insanity defense entails as well as how effective the plea is when entered into court. What is the Insanity Defense? Pleading insanity in an Arizona court is a plea that admits the criminal action took place, but it argues that […]
May 21, 2021

What Are the Penalties for a Second DUI in Arizona?

It is illegal for you to operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are caught driving under the influence for a second time, then the DUI penalties will be even harsher than they were the first. You are considered under the influence if you are impaired to the slightest degree by drugs or alcohol.  You are also under the influence if your blood alcohol content is 0.08% or above. If you are operating a commercial vehicle, you are under the influence if the blood alcohol content is 0.04% or above. If you are charged […]
April 30, 2021

Why is Credibility Important in a Criminal Case?

If you are ever charged with a crime by the State, there are some things you need to know. For one, retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible because your future liberty and freedom will be at stake. For another, your credibility and the credibility of any witnesses will be vital in winning your criminal case. Credibility and Believability At its simplest, credibility is the same thing as believability. It’s the power to elicit belief and frequently refers to someone’s reputation for truthfulness. In a court of law, your criminal attorney may seek to […]
April 27, 2021

What is Criminal Damage and What are the Penalties?

The field of criminal law sometimes lists criminal damages as criminal mischief or vandalism, which happens whenever someone defaces or damages public or private property. Acts of criminal damage range from writing your name on a stop sign to damaging the city water system. Other types of vandalism include stealing copper wire from under a home. Acts of criminal damage have a wide scope with wide-ranging consequences depending on the level of damage. Criminal Damage as Defined in Arizona Someone accused of criminal damage in Arizona will have to meet the qualifications for this crime, which includes the following elements: […]
March 29, 2021

Understanding Aggravated Assault Charges in Arizona

Being arrested for a crime is a truly terrifying experience. It is designed to be that way. When the authorities take you into custody, they want you to feel trapped and without recourse. They will tell you that it is in your best interest to cooperate with them, which may or may not be true depending on the situation. One of the best things you can do after an arrest is to exercise your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. The very moment that you are brought to the interview room you can choose to ask for an attorney. This […]
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