March 23, 2018

What Happens and What to Do Following A Phoenix Arrest

When you have done something against the law leading to your arrest in Phoenix, keep in mind that whatever your statements or actions are after the arrest can be used against you in court later on. They can also impact your chances of getting convicted or not. So be polite to the arresting officer and follow the direction, remain calm, do not make any statements about what lead to the arrest and ask to speak to Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, to assist you through every stage of your criminal charge.   Know your rights Before you get arrested, […]
September 29, 2017

Why Arizona Has Such a High Incarceration Rate

A report entitled “A New Public Safety Framework for Arizona: Charting a Path Forward” by the American Friends Service Committee – Arizona (Dec. 2016 – Originally seen published at https://afscarizona.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/a-new-public-safety-framework-for-arizona-december-2016.pdf) identified and discussed why Arizona has such a high incarceration rate: mandatory sentencing laws, unique criminal priors law, technical violations of probation or parole, and harsh sentencing for drug offenders.   According to the report, Arizona requires all prisoners to serve 85 percent of their sentence. Arizona is also one of only three states to retain the harsh, across-the-board Truth-in-Sentencing laws enacted back in the mid-1990s. The report concluded: “In […]