February 17, 2020

DUI Charges Defense in Tempe, AZ

February 10, 2020

Arizona Crime Statistics 2019

In terms of crime statistics, Arizona is quite well-positioned compared to other states. Arizona violent crime is decreasing statewide, but there are “hotspots” where crime rate figures are higher compared to those from previous years. National averages show: Arizona places 22nd in safest states for property crimes (1st is the lowest number of property crimes). Property crime is at 26.83 per 1000 versus the national average of 40.43 per 1000. Violent crimes in Arizona are below the national average of 3.47 per 1000. With a ratio of 0.86, Arizona’s violent crime rating is only at 2.97 per 1000. Violent Crimes […]
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 […]
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