If you have been charged with a drunk driving offense (often called a DUI or DWI), it is imperative to seek legal counsel. A competent DUI lawyer can help minimize - if not completely avoid - penalties and punishments for the committed crime. You should be aware of the right time to hire a good attorney for your case, since early defense can help make or break your case. Are you going to end up in jail and lose your license, or will you win a reduced plea or not-guilty verdict?
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
If you have been charged with a crime, you must hire an experienced criminal lawyer to defend you. The criminal justice system is complicated, and things can easily go against you if you do not have the best defense. A criminal lawyer can help ensure the best possible outcome for your case, in addition to defending your rights. Criminal law is complex and attorneys who do not specifically practice in this area may not be able to navigate it and provide you with the best representation. Most people are not familiar with the law or the way the criminal justice system works, so they may end up accidentally incriminating themselves. Having a good criminal lawyer involved as early in the process as possible ensures that your rights are protected, thereby increasing your likelihood of getting the best representation that you need to get the best resolution of your case.
The criminal justice system involves the following stages:Investigation - If a crime has been committed, officers investigate to determine the facts of the case and identify a suspect. If you believe that the police are investigating you as a possible suspect then you may want to engage a criminal lawyer to protect your rights, particularly if the police officers call you in for questioning. During the investigation, the police may also get a search warrant to search your home or office to look for evidence against you. Arrest - Once the police officers believe they have probable cause to believe that you have committed a crime, they may arrest you. In this case, your criminal lawyer can protect your rights by instructing them as to what they can say or not say to prevent self-incrimination. It should be noted that contrary to popular belief, hiring a criminal defense lawyer is not an indication that you are guilty of anything. Your attorney is there to ensure that your rights are safeguarded and that you do not say anything that the police may use against you during your hearing. Arraignment - Once the police have filed charges against you, a prosecutor will formally present them in open court, and you are asked to make your plea. Your lawyer will usually tell you to plead “Not Guilty” and to ask that bail be set so you won’t be incarcerated until your trial or other criminal proceedings. Plea bargaining - Once the arraignment has taken place, the criminal lawyer may start to negotiate a plea with prosecutors. A plea means that you will plead guilty to a lesser charge or a single charge in exchange for the other charges being dropped. Your lawyer will usually recommend this option if the evidence against you is too strong and you are likely to be found guilty, or if being found guilty will subject you to severe penalties such as being sentenced to death. Trial - Your lawyer may try to get the charges thrown out of court by arguing that improper procedure was followed or that the officer did not have probable cause to arrest you. If the trial goes forward, your criminal defense lawyer will defend you by questioning the state’s case against you. It should be noted that you still enjoy the presumption of innocence while being tried and it is up to the state to prove that you are guilty, rather than the defendant having to prove that he is innocent. In order to be found guilty, the state must prove its case beyond reasonable doubt. Learn more about the process by visiting http://www.azcrimlaw.com/criminal-legal-defense/ Some example cases we have defended clients for:
- Assault Legal Assistance - http://www.azcrimlaw.com/criminal-legal-defense/assault/
- Disorderly Conduct Defense - http://www.azcrimlaw.com/criminal-legal-defense/disorderly-conduct/
- Fraud Attorney - http://www.azcrimlaw.com/criminal-legal-defense/fraud/
- Shoplifting - http://www.azcrimlaw.com/criminal-legal-defense/shoplifting/
- Weapons Charges - http://www.azcrimlaw.com/criminal-legal-defense/weapons-charges/
- Criminal Damage
An Aggressive Criminal Attorney That Can Help YouRobert A. Dodell is a criminal defense attorney who has substantial experience on how the criminal justice system works. Atty. Dodell prosecuted thousands of cases as a Deputy County Attorney for the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office before opening his own practice in 1994. He has since successfully handled thousands of cases and he is known in the legal community for the methodical preparation as well as the detailed investigation of his cases. Atty. Dodell has also earned a reputation for aggressively mounting a defense for his clients. If you have been charged with a crime or believe you are about to be charged, you may contact his office to discuss your case with him for free. You may also discuss your options as well as the best course of action to take. Find us in Scottsdale
Friday, October 7, 2016
The decision to adopt, easy for some and painstakingly difficult for others, is never a decision made without life-altering consequences. It seems as though everyone has an opinion on what you should do. Most often opinions come from those who have biological children and/or have never considered adoption as a means to grow their family. Once the decision to adopt is made, though, the process can seem never-ending, as one decision begets another decision and so on. Should we adopt a boy or a girl, should we keep the birth name, think of a new name, what age range, should we adopt a sibling group, etc. One decision many don’t consider until further along in the process is whether or not the adoption will be closed or open. As an adoptive parent, you have the power to decide. A closed or confidential adoption is one in which an infant or a very small child is adopted and the biological information regarding the birth family is sealed. The sealed records keep information regarding the adoptee and the biological family private. This practice, however, is becoming less prominent, as sophisticated Internet searches are becoming more prevalent. Keeping biological information from an adopted child can also generate a lot of confusion for the child as he or she gets older. However, a closed adoption may also be necessary to protect a child who needs to mature before learning all the facts of his adoption. An open adoption permits contact between the adoptee and their biological family. The contact is usually spelled out in a Post-Placement Contact Agreement and may include one or more emails per year with updates and photographs; the exchange of letters and gifts; a supervised visit; and phone calls. The contact is limited and at the discretion of the adoptive parent(s). The adoptive parents have the final authority to reduce or eliminate contact with the biological family if they believe the family presents a danger to the child. They can do the same if they believe their ties to the biological family are becoming detrimental to the child’s emotional well-being. Open domestic adoptions are becoming more popular in the United States. According to a recent study, the number of open domestic adoptions has increased from 36% in the 1980’s to nearly 95% today. Contact between the adoptive family and the biological family may be minimal at most, but even the smallest amount of communication could prove vital at some point. Having access to medical or psychological information, genealogy, photographs of biological family members, etc., can be invaluable for some and help solidify one’s place in the world. It's one more decision in the adoption process, but it can be fluid, depending on a child's needs and the biological family's background or status year to year. You can get in touch with Robert A. Dodell Adoptions Attorney for a free initial consultation and learn a little more about your options.