October 30, 2020

Myths about Facing a DUI Charge in Arizona

Being charged with driving under the influence is a serious legal matter in every state. All states have unified the .08 blood alcohol content level as a presumption of intoxication but the associated legal penalties with a conviction differ significantly from state to state. Sometimes penalties are relatively administrative and standard for a first conviction, then they are enhanced with subsequent convictions. In addition, look back periods for determining the enhancement of charges is also not consistent, ranging from 7 to 10 years depending on the state. Most defendants do not realize the severity and potential long-term outcome of a […]
October 26, 2020

How COVID-19 Has Changed Law Enforcement?

The COVID pandemic has brought forth numerous changes. One group experiencing major alterations is law enforcement. Arizona-based criminal attorney Robert A. Dodell invites interested parties to continue reading to learn about how the Coronavirus has changed the ways police conduct important business. Limiting Arrests In an effort to prevent the virus’s spread, local, state, and national government and health organizations have instituted numerous safety guidelines. These safeguards, such as the practicing of social distancing, have rendered a formerly simple and straightforward activity, like executing arrests, far more challenging. Obviously, this action necessitates close contact between law enforcement official and offending […]
October 25, 2020

Violent Crimes Have Serious Legal Consequences

Being arrested for a crime can be a frightening and harrowing experience. If you have done nothing wrong, you may be bewildered by the event. The truth is that innocent people are taken into custody all the time. And, if this has happened to you, falling into a helpless malaise or protesting with anger and indignation will do nothing. You must take the accusations seriously. You must fight to preserve your rights and gain your freedom. You can begin by hiring a criminal attorney. The Consequences of a Conviction Crimes connected with violence have the most serious consequences. If you […]
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 […]
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