Saturday, January 13, 2018

Is A Hit And Run Considered A Felony In Arizona?

Yes, a hit and run accident that causes death or serious physical injury is considered a felony. The charges might vary depending on the circumstances of the accident. However, a hit and run accident is considered a class 2 felony where there is death or serious physical injury. If the defendant fled the scene of the crime but didn't cause the accident in the first place, he/she will be charged with a class 3 felony. On the other hand, a class 5 felony is charged if the hit and run doesn't cause serious physical injury or death. Note that, if you're involved in any vehicular accident with property damage., after which you flee the scene, you can be charged with class 3 misdemeanor. In addition to the criminal penalties such as jail or prison time and fines, the driver's license can be suspended or revoked.  

What To Do Once You're Involved In A Vehicular Accident

First, provide your full name, address and registration to the responding police officer or to the other driver. If the other driver requests to see your driver's license, you're supposed to do so. If the other driver gets serious injuries from the accident that requires first aid, you need to administer it and call for assistance. As mentioned above, failure to do any of these duties can, and often does, result in criminal sanctions. If you don't stop immediately after an accident, you should return to the scene as soon as possible. After a hit and run accident, you need to find a good legal team for your case. That way, you can explore possible defenses that will reduce your charges considerably.  

Choosing A Good Legal Team

You need to find an experienced attorney to handle your hit and run case, if you're involved in one that causes serious harm or death to any third parties. Here are a few things to consider when looking for a good attorney to handle your case.
  • Exceptional Legal Education – Remember, simply because someone passed the bar exam doesn't mean that they have exceptional legal education. Therefore, look for a lawyer who attended an accredited law school among other certifications.
  • Experience – You need to choose an attorney who has enough experience handling hit and run cases in Arizona. Consider issues such as the number of years he/she has been practicing law, the number of cases handled during those years and the number of cases resulting in overall dismissal of charges, plea bargain to a less offence or a not guilty verdict.
  • Sufficient Resources – Find an attorney who can award sufficient time and resources to your cases. It's a known fact that most cases end up being lost because the attorneys are overworked or don't have enough time to investigate or defend your case accordingly.
  • Communication Skills – Finally, you need someone with exceptional communication skills to take you through the case accordingly. That way, you're aware of your standings, the charges and your verdict. The attorney should be available at all times.
  The basic rule of any vehicular accident is one must never flee the scene.  Serious consequences can be  avoided. Contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney At Law today for a free initial consultation.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Boating Accidents DUI Defense Lawyer: What You Should Know

Recreational boating has been a popular leisure activity in the U.S. for years. Whether with powerboats or sailboats, over 87 million people enjoy recreational boating and other water sports activities such as fishing and water skiing every year. Because of these leisure activities, boat Driving Under the Influence is a recurring problem.  

Boating DUI

Unlike our highways, waterways do not have marked lanes, road signs and street lamps. Our boats do not use the same braking mechanism as cars do. Aside from the big difference in operating environment, like any motorized vehicle, the three main contributing factors of boating accident are the operator’s error, machine failure, and excessive speed. These factors, when combined with DUI, can lead to even worse accidents. Arizona is now ranking fifth in boating accidents and seventh for the most number of injuries. The most common occurring accident is collision with other vessels and Influence of alcohol accounts for 1/3 of all recorded fatalities.  

Arizona’s Action

During the summer, expect Arizona local officials and other law enforcement agencies to set up DUI checkpoints to make sure of the safety on waterways. Local officials are peace officers with licenses having the same authority as the police to stop, investigate, and arrest criminal acts. This is their way of keeping the boaters vigilant of the law and to protect others from unsafe boaters.  

Arizona’s Boating DUI Laws- Overview

While it has similarities with DUI laws, Arizona has passed several revisions to the boating DUI bill. According to A.R.S. 5-395, it is illegal for anyone to use or be in control of a motorized vessel under any of these circumstances:
  1. The person is impaired to the slightest degree by the influence of alcohol, drug, or any substance.
  2. The person’s alcohol concentration is 0.08 or more within 2 hours of operating a motorized vessel whether the alcohol is consumed before or while in the vessel.
  3. The person is under the influence of any drug provided in section 12-3401 of the law.
  4. The person’s alcohol concentration is 0.04 or more while operating a commercial motorized vessel.
 

Arizona’s Charges and Penalties - Overview

If arrested, the penalties and charges suspects might face in Arizona vary depending on the degree of the offense. According to A.R.S. 5-395.01:

First Offense

  1. The person is charged guilty of class 1 misdemeanor.
  2. The person serves at least 10 consecutive days in jail.
  3. The person pays fines totaling to at least $ 1250.
  4. The person may be subjected to community service by the judge’s decision.
  5. The person needs to attend the alcohol and drug screening and complete the treatment program.
It is possible for 9 days of the jail sentence to be suspended with the proper court order provided that the person completes the alcohol and drug screening and the treatment program, so long as the offense did not recklessly endangered another person with a substantial risk of physical injury.  

Second Offense within 7 years

  1. The person is charged guilty of class 1 misdemeanor.
  2. The person serves at least 90 days in jail with 30 consecutive days out of these. Home Detention may be possible in lieu of some of the jail time.
  3. The person pays fines totaling to at least $ 3000.
  4. The person is subjected to 30 hours of community service.
It is possible for 30 days of jail sentence to be suspended with the proper court order provided that the person completes the alcohol and drug screening and the treatment program, so long as the offense did not recklessly endangered another person with a substantial risk of physical injury. Also see managing multiple offenses  

Boating DUI Defense

Boating DUI requires someone who has the expertise in defending this type of case. It is possible to drop all the charges right away given the right circumstances if the situation is dealt quickly. There are cases where suspects can appeal for an Illegal search that violates the Fourth Amendment. Declining Field sobriety tests is possible if the situation can clearly go against the suspects’ favor like performing in wet and unstable surfaces on the boat. An experienced lawyer can also help defendants when faced with outdated and not properly calibrated breath test devices. Lawyers can help the victims defend their rights relating to race, religion, gender, sexual preference or age when there is no reasonable suspicion present.   Consulting an experienced lawyer will help defendants deal with their case quickly and properly. The right lawyer can even make the charges and penalties lower or be dropped completely. Robert A. Dodell is an experienced criminal and DUI lawyer practicing law for over 30 years.  

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Arizona’s Mitigating Circumstances Law

A person who is convicted of a felony usually has mitigating circumstances that a court should consider when imposing a sentence. The mitigating circumstances are found at A.R.S. § 13-701(E)(1)-(6):

  1. The age of the defendant.
  2. The defendant's capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of the defendant's conduct or to conform the defendant's conduct to the requirements of law was significantly impaired, but not so impaired as to constitute a defense to prosecution.
  3. The defendant was under unusual or substantial duress, although not to a degree that would constitute a defense to prosecution.
  4. The degree of the defendant's participation in the crime was minor, although not so minor as to constitute a defense to prosecution.
  5. During or immediately following the commission of the offense, the defendant complied with all duties imposed under sections 28-661, 28-662 and 28-663.
  6. Any other factor that is relevant to the defendant's character or background or to the nature or circumstances of the crime and that the court finds to be mitigating. Found on https://www.azleg.gov/ars/13/00701.htm
The Arizona Supreme Court defined ‘duress” in mitigating circumstance (3) as “any illegal imprisonment, or legal imprisonment used for an illegal purpose, or threats of bodily or other harm, or other means amounting to or tending to coerce the will of another, and actually inducing him to do an act contrary to his free will.” Originally found on AzCourts.gov See State v. Herrera, 174 Ariz. 387, 400 (1993). In Herrera, the Court found mitigating circumstance (6) when the defendant fatally shot the deputy because his father ordered him to do it.
Mltigating circumstance (6) is a catchall that a person can use when the previous 5 circumstances don’t apply. A person’s lack of a criminal record falls under this circumstance according to State v. Thurlow, 148 Ariz. 16, 20 (1986). Other potential mitigating circumstances are a person’s traumatic childhood, dysfunctional family, personality disorder, poor physical health, strong family support, employment, rehabilitation, cooperation, and/or remorse. Mitigating circumstances are important because a court shall take into account the amount of aggravating circumstances and whether the amount of mitigating circumstances is sufficiently substantial to justify a sentence lower than the presumptive sentence according to A.R.S. § 13-701(F). A court shall impose an aggravated sentence (greater than the presumptive sentence) if the trier of fact finds aggravating circumstances and the court does not find any mitigating circumstances. In other words, the presence of mitigating circumstances allows the court to impose a lower-than-average sentence while their absence requires a higher-than-average sentence. Arizona law on mitigating circumstances is complicated. You need an experienced defense attorney to fight for you. Attorney Robert Dodell, Attorney At Law has over three decades of experience. Call him today for a free initial consultation.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Arizona DUI Checkpoints, What to Know and How to Be Prepared for Them

In the state of Arizona, DUI laws and the corresponding penalties for violation are among the strictest in the country. To help make sure that the laws are enforced, the state sets up sobriety checkpoints all over the state during various times of the year. The checkpoints are common during holidays like the 4th of July, Memorial Day, New Year’s Eve, and Labor Day. At the checkpoints, police officers are on the lookout for impaired drivers.  

What to Expect at DUI Checkpoints

Police officers manning a sobriety checkpoint may either stop all passing vehicles or use a pre-determined pattern to stop particular cars. The goal is to determine if the drivers are impaired. Checkpoints are often set up early in the morning or late at night, when the percentage of impaired drivers on the road is at its peak. When you are stopped at a checkpoint, officers may request to search your vehicle. Unless they have legal grounds to perform the search, you may refuse their request. If they order you to step out of your car, do so, but lock the door once you get out of the car, unless explicated instructed otherwise. You have the right to refuse to take all field sobriety test. This includes the any of the tests which will ask you the track a pen with your eyes, walk in a straight line, touch your nose, or reciting the alphabet. Thus, even if you are eventually charged with a DUI, the officer cannot include how you did on those tests as a reasons to arrest you. You may also be asked to undergo breath alcohol testing to determine the level of your blood alcohol content. While you can also refuse to take the test, the consequences of your refusal will result in the loss of your driving privileges. It is best to always ask to speak to an attorney prior to making the decision on whether you should refuse to take the chemical test.  

Effectiveness of Sobriety Checkpoints

The police believe that DUI checkpoints are effective in reducing the number of impaired drivers on the road, even if many violators are able to get around them. What’s important is for the public to be aware that impaired driving is never tolerated. Based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) studies, there are three DUI arrests done by roving patrols for every arrest made at a DUI checkpoint.  

Preparing for Arizona DUI Checkpoints

Following are some tips on how you can prepare for DUI checkpoints:
  • If you can, determine where the checkpoints in your area will be set up prior to a holiday. Locations are usually posted on state and city government websites, and announced on local news, the radio, and in newspapers.
  • Make sure you have your registration and license within easy reach, in case an officer stops you. If that happens, immediately present the documents. You may arouse suspicion if you fumble in getting your license and registration.
  • Don’t offer more information than what the law requires you to supply. Even when an officer asks, you don’t have to tell him where you’re going or where you came from. Likewise, you don’t have to provide information about your past or recent drug or alcohol.
  • If there are other people riding with you, it is important that they are not seen with any drug paraphernalia or open alcohol containers.
  • While at a checkpoint, always be respectful and remain calm. Whether you are impaired or not, showing rudeness or nervousness will do you no good. You have to stay composed at all times. When asked, produce your registration and license right away. Never complain during the entire time.
If you or any of the passengers are charged with a DUI or possession of illegal drugs at a DUI checkpoint in Arizona, it is important that you immediately seek the help of an experienced DUI attorney like Robert A. Dodell. Additional Related Items For DUI's - These Are Different Circumstances: DUI Interlock System Repeat DUI Offenses and What to Do   Robert A. Dodell, Attorney At Law 10601 N Hayden Rd, #I-103 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480) 860-4321  

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Benefits of Hiring a Traffic Ticket Attorney

Even if you have been driving for a long time, you may commit some minor driving errors that can result to traffic violations. These include forgetting to use the proper signal when turning, going beyond the speed limit, and beating the red light. These seemingly minor violations can quickly add up, and you may not have the time or the experience to deal with them on your own. Thus, hiring a traffic ticket attorney to contest your traffic tickets in court would be a great move. This way, aside from possibly having to pay lower fines, you may avoid higher insurance premiums and additional points in your driver’s license, as well.   The Traffic Ticket Lawyer A traffic ticket attorney like Robert A. Dodell deals in traffic and driving laws. He has extensive experience in defending traffic court cases including routine moving offenses like beating the red light, and more serious violations like driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A competent and experienced lawyer will, regardless of the circumstances surrounding a violation, will work to lower your penalties, negotiate for alternative penalties, or have the traffic ticket dismissed altogether.

  • Lowering Ticket Penalties – In general, this involves convincing the State to dismiss or lower your fines and / or the assessment of driver’s license points. This will not only save you money in fines, but may also help you avoid higher insurance rates and driver’s license suspension.
  • Negotiating for Alternative Penalties – Attending traffic school is a common and popular alternative to a standard ticket penalty. Completing the course will help keep your driver’s license points from accumulating, and prevent your insurance premiums from escalating. Thus, when offered traffic school instead of something more serious, don’t hesitate to grab the opportunity.
  • Having the Ticket Dismissed – Competent traffic ticket lawyers are well-versed on traffic laws. Thus, they know the right ways to get the traffic ticket dismissed, including:
    • The issuing officer’s non-appearance in court
    • Your agreement to plea to a less serious violation
 

Weighing Lawyer’s Fees versus Ticket Costs

While working with a lawyer has definite advantages, you must first decide if the cost of hiring a lawyer would be worth the amount of penalties and other benefits you will gain. It is the fact that the services of an attorney are not cheap. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
  • Does the traffic ticket fine cost less than the attorney’s fees?
  • Will the additional points assessed on my driver’s license be too much of a burden?
  • How much will my automobile insurance premiums increase?
  Working with Robert A. Dodell, Attorney At Law may entail some costs. You may save a little money by dealing with your traffic tickets on your own – if you are successful in having them dismissed. However, if you are convicted, the penalties, the entry of points on your driving record, the higher insurance premiums you will most likely be assessed in the future, as well as the stress that comes with a conviction, may not be worth the savings in the long run. Contact My Office Today For Help: Robert A. Dodell, Attorney At Law 10601 N Hayden Rd, #I-103 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480) 860-4321 http://www.azcrimlaw.com/ http://www.azcrimlaw.com/blog/ https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/110667029471992332265/+RobertADodellAttorneyatLawScottsdale https://twitter.com/azcrimlaw1

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Zero Tolerance DUI in Arizona

Remember that the state of Arizona does not tolerate driving under the influence or DUI offenses. If you are caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you will be immediately arrested. Depending on your blood alcohol content percentage or the drug, number of previous violations, status of the validity of your driver’s license, and whether or not there are passengers under 15 years of age in the vehicle, you can be subject to a variety of sentencing requirements for a DUI, if convicted of this most serious offense.   There are three types or levels of DUI misdemeanor offenses, based on the blood alcohol content: standard, extreme, and super extreme. A few of the things that you may go through when you are arrested are:

  Depending on the type of offense and the number of previous offenses, the combination of the punishment that will be given to you will differ. It is best that you immediately get in touch with your attorney if you get arrested. If you do not have one or want a lawyer specializing in such, it is best that you contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law. Additional DUI Related Resources/Offenses:

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Extreme DUI and Aggravated DUI What is The Difference

Understanding the Arizona Law Difference Between Extreme DUI and Aggravated DUI

If you are in the State of Arizona, it is important that you understand the different charges that are related to driving under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering substances. Being charged with a DUI is a serious offense, and it can be even more so depending on the type of charges. For instance, the difference in the terminology often confuses many people. There is a difference between the terms Extreme DUI and Aggravated DUI. Either way, if you are charged with these offenses, it is vital that you understand the charge and how to defend yourself against it with a professional attorney by your side. In the State of Arizona, the Extreme DUI charge is related to the amount of alcohol in your system. When suspected of impaired driving by alcohol, you are asked to provide a test sample. If your blood-alcohol concentration, or BAC, is over .15%, you can be charged with an Extreme DUI. And if the BAC exceeds .20%, you will be charged with a Super Extreme DUI. Although these crimes are misdemeanors, you can end up serving significant jail time. On the other hand, an Aggravated DUI is a felony and this does not involve the amount of alcohol in your system. Rather, it involves whether there are children involved, prior DUI history or license status. The first potential circumstance is having a minor in the car. If you have a child under 15 years of age in the vehicle and you are arrested for DUI, this changes the severity of the charges you are going to face. This falls within the category of Aggravated DUI, which includes some more serious consequences. Another way to receive such an Aggravated DUI charge is to get arrested again after having at least two prior convictions for a DUI in the previous 7 years. Lastly, if your license has been suspended or revoked, you should not be driving at all. If you get arrested for driving a vehicle for a DUI, you are facing an Aggravated DUI charge. So an Extreme or Super Extreme DUI charge is a misdemeanor. An Aggravated DUI charge is a felony. Both a quite serious and the consequences are life changing. You will be able to start planning your defense. Find an excellent attorney in your community who is familiar with DUI cases. Make sure to investigate the reputation of the law firm to ensure you are going to get a good representation in the legal process. Being charged with a DUI is a serious matter. You need to make sure that you are able to get the legal assistance necessary to keep your consequences minimized. No matter what type of DUI you have, this is essential to your freedom! Read more about the DUI case process and my legal services. I can help you through this crisis. I personally answer my own telephone and will personally handle your case. Contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, directly by email or by calling 480-860-4321 now for a free initial consultation. You can find my office in North Scottsdale: Robert A. Dodell, Attorney At Law Outside Front Office Robert A. Dodell, Attorney At Law 10601 N Hayden Rd, #I-103 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480) 860-4321 http://www.azcrimlaw.com/

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