Criminal Charges Defense in Mesa AZ

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It’s difficult to find an accurate word that can describe the emotions that you feel when you are forced into handcuffs and taken away by the police. Fear, confusion, chaos, all of these thoughts and feelings are going through your head. You may even feel despair because you are not sure where to turn for help.

I understand these feelings, and I am here to help. Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, has dedicated his law practice to providing legal representation to those accused of crimes. As a criminal defense attorney, I understand that this is a very trying time in your life, and I will treat you with the respect and compassion you need.

It is my job to listen to your side of the story and gather the evidence and information necessary to represent you in your case. I will use all the resources available to represent you in your case. Previous clients have reported being very happy with the outcome of their cases.

If you have been accused or charged with a crime, do not delay. Contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, for a case evaluation.

Common Types of Criminal Cases We Defend

My law office is equipped to handle any type of criminal charge. It has been our experience, however, that the most common types of criminal charges that our law firm sees are:

  • DUI – Regular, Aggravated, and Multiple Offense
  • Assault, Aggravated Assault, Assault and Battery
  • Domestic Violence
  • Theft – Including Shoplifting
  • Property Crimes
  • Vehicular Crimes
  • Drug Charges
  • Sexual Offenses

My law firm has the ability to represent a client charged with any crime, not just those included in the list above.

Misdemeanor vs. Felony Charges

Criminal activity is categorized as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The difference between the two types of crimes usually depends on the seriousness of the crime in question and the potential penalty. Misdemeanors are typically heard in a city court or justice courts. A misdemeanor crime carries the maximum of six months in the local jail. Felonies are much more serious and the sentence could include prison in the Arizona Department of Corrections. Felony offenses are heard in the County Superior Court. If you are unsure what type of crime you are being charged with, consult with a knowledgeable attorney, like Robert A. Dodell, so that you understand the charges and potential penalties that could be leveled against you.

Penalties and Fines for Criminal Cases

Every criminal charge has a different set of penalties and fines that can be imposed if a person is convicted. Additionally, if multiple charges have been brought against a person, or if they are a repeat offender, the penalties will be more severe. The court will use a guideline for sentencing. However, this is not a guarantee of what will be imposed in your case.

Potential Criminal Charge Penalties

  • Court-mandated therapy for drugs, alcohol, or anger management
  • Fines
  • Restitution
  • Community Service
  • Probation
  • Loss of Driving Privileges
  • The requirement to use Ignition Interlock Device
  • County Jail Time
  • Prison Sentence

The court has the right to impose one or more of the penalties on a person depending on the facts of their case.

Potential jail time for misdemeanors and felonies by class are:

Misdemeanor Convictions

• Class 1 – Up to 6 months in county jail
• Class 2 – Up to 3 months in county jail
• Class 3 – Up to 30 days in county jail

Felony Convictions

• Class 1 – Up to life in prison or the death sentence
• Class 2 – Up to 12.5 years
• Class 3 – Up to 8.75 years
• Class 4 – Up to 3.75 years
• Class 5 – Up to 2.5 years
• Class 6 – Up to 2 years

Juvenile Criminal Representation

If you are the parent or guardian of a juvenile that has been accused of a crime, you are encouraged to seek legal representation from a law firm that understands the juvenile court system. My law firm understands that juvenile cases must be handled with care. I know that this is a traumatic experience for the child or teen and I will work with them in a compassionate and caring manner. I will also work closely with the child and family to get them a positive outcome for their case.

Nearly all juvenile cases are handled in juvenile court, a separate court system. My law firm has the necessary experience in managing cases in this court system as well as representing minors who are being charged as adults.

Why Hire The Criminal Defense Attorney Robert A. Dodell?

Attorney Robert A. Dodell has dedicated his law practice to helping those facing the uncertainty of criminal charges. Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, is committed to protecting the rights of those who have been accused of any crime. My law office has successfully represented clients who have been charged with a variety of criminal and juvenile acts. I understand the law, and I understand how to build a defense case.

If you are facing any type of criminal charge, from a basic misdemeanor to a Class 1 felony, you are encouraged to schedule a consultation with Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law. Quality criminal defense representation can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.


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