January 28, 2020

The Importance of Mitigation in Sentencing

In Arizona, the law provides for a wide range of sentence options and gives judges a substantial amount of discretion in sentencing. A judge may look at mitigating factors to help him decide on whether or not to give a convicted person a lower sentence. Mitigating Factors for Lesser Sentences The practice of giving lighter sentences due to mitigating factors exists, and this is one area you and your lawyer should fully explore early on. Before the hearing scheduled for sentencing, prepare yourself to: Talk about your background and personal information Explain the mitigating factors related to your case Talk […]
January 21, 2020

How to Report Cases of Police Misconduct in Arizona

The state of Arizona has mandated its law enforcement officers to detain or stop suspects, whichever may be necessary. Thus, when a police officer tries to search your vehicle or requests that you stop, it’s best that you listen. But, the authorities, like everyone else, are not above the law. In Arizona, police misconduct is considered a serious crime. Unlawful search and seizure and planting of evidence, among others, are forms of misconduct. If you are witness to such behavior by a police officer, you can file your complaint with the appropriate law enforcement department or the Federal Department of […]
January 13, 2020

Drug Offenders and Sentencing

To say that drug sentencing laws in Arizona are complicated is certainly an understatement. There are plenty of guidelines, mandatory minimums, and judicial discretion to contend with. Two felons who are convicted for a similar drug offense, for instance, may not receive the same sentence, depending on a number of factors. These include: If the person receives a first or second drug conviction or if he is a habitual or repeat offender The type of drug involved in the case The amount of the particular drug If the drug involved is intended for sale Depending on how these factors turn […]
December 29, 2019

Why You Should Trust Your Criminal Defense Lawyer

When facing a criminal charge, your good reputation and your freedom are at stake. It is therefore understandable if you find it difficult to put your trust in another person to safeguard your interests. An experienced criminal defense lawyer like Robert A. Dodell, Attorney At Law, knows this only too well. After all, Attorney Dodell has personally been defending criminal cases in the state of Arizona for over 3 decades now. Cooperation and mutual trust between you and your lawyer are crucial in order to build a solid defense for your criminal case. Importance of Trust between a Lawyer and […]
December 11, 2019

Discussion About Proposition 200

A voter initiative that was passed in the state of Arizona back in 1996, Proposition 200 provided considerable protection for people who were charged with drug possession. Enacted as Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-901.01 under the Arizona Revised Statutes, the law has been modified a few times over its lifetime. The changes include which types of drug are eligible for protection under Proposition 200. What the Law Does According to A.R.S. § 13-901.01 (A) of the Arizona Revised Statutes, once you get a conviction for personal use or possession of drug paraphernalia or controlled substance, the court is mandated to […]
November 29, 2019

The Main Difference Between Self Defense and Assault

In the state of Arizona law, there is a thin legal line that separates what is self-defense to the crime of assault and what constitutes an assault charge. To avoid crossing the line, you must know what your specific rights are, as well as their limitations. The Arizona Standing Your Ground and Self-Defense Laws According to the Arizona self-defense laws, you are under no obligation to retreat before resorting to threat or the use of physical force if you have the legal right to stay where you are. For the purpose of self-defense, using physical force is justifiable. It is […]
November 21, 2019

Arizona Wrong Way Drivers – Understanding the Causes, Possible Charges & the Best Defenses

Wrong way driving happens when a driver operates a motor vehicle in the improper traffic direction. It can happen on one-way and two-way streets, and even in parking garages and parking lots. Arizona lawmakers have made public safety a major issue. Curbing wrong way driving is a step toward this. Ninety percent of collisions happen as a result of improper driver behavior. These include distracted or reckless driving, speeding, and impaired driving. Wrong way crashes are often a result of these driving errors. Causes of Wrong Way Driving Crashes and Accidents The majority of wrong way accidents are due to […]