Monday, November 28, 2016

Why Hiring an Experienced and Aggressive Attorney in Scottsdale Is Important

Do You Need a Lawyer That is Experienced and Understands the Scottsdale Laws?

If you’ve ever been charged with DUI or criminal crime, it is imperative to hire a lawyer as soon as possible. This is because these kinds of cases can’t just get you jail time, but may affect other areas in your life. Cases like these may cause loss of employment and employment opportunities. In the case of a DUI, your license can be revoked or suspended. When hiring a DUI attorney, make sure that he or she is highly competent and has extensive experience in the kind of case that you are involved in. Don’t just pick any “general practitioner”. Pick someone who emphasizes in DUI or criminal cases to ensure that he knows the procedures and the kind of litigating techniques that he should use to win your case. His extensive experience also ensures that he knows all the legal implications of your case. legal-icon-brownAn experienced attorney can also provide information on what is at stake and what you should expect during the trial. It is also important to follow your attorney’s expert advice because he knows that all your actions will have an impact on your case. An experienced attorney’s job is to ensure that you win the case or at least, minimize the sentence. You will be paying your attorney for that expert experience. Another characteristic that you should look for when hiring a lawyer is aggressiveness. An aggressive lawyer is often highly competitive. He hates losing as much as the next person. He is the kind of attorney who can help you win your case because he will not just sit around and let the opposing counsel dictate where the case is going. He will work to find the means to steer the case to a better position. He will diligently look for ways to keeping you out of serving jail time. An aggressive lawyer will consider all the angles to defend your felony DUI case and the prosecutor’s possible course of action. Hiring a former prosecutor helps understand how the prosecutor of your case is going to present your case.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Indian Child Welfare Act and Juvenile Court Proceedings

Arizona has one of the largest American Indian child populations in the United States, and also has the largest number of American Indians living on reservations. Foster and adoption placements of Native American Indian children are covered by The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which establishes minimum federal standards for their care. ICWA covers any American Indian child involved in state child custody proceedings. A person may explain his or her identity as American Indian, but in order for ICWA to apply, the child must be an American Indian child as defined by the law. ICWA defines an "American Indian child" as "any unmarried person who is under age eighteen and is either (a) a member of an American Indian tribe or (b) is eligible for membership in an American Indian tribe and is the biological child of a member of an American Indian tribe." Individual American Indian tribes have the right under federal law to decide eligibility, membership, or both. However, in order for ICWA to apply, the child must be a member of or eligible for membership in a federally recognized American Indian tribe. Tribes may waive their jurisdiction if they feel it will benefit the child's development. ICWA also gives the Tribe's preference over placement a higher priority than what the state may have decided. The assumption here is that Indian culture has a broader sense of a family unit and a vested interest in making sure the child retains the tribe’s cultural heritage. The tribal placement choice allows the tribe to have direct input into how the Indian child will ultimately be raised and helps to maintain cultural identity. The Indian tribe's right to intervene in the state proceedings does not get waived. Even if the tribe earlier passed jurisdiction to the state, they can later petition to have jurisdiction transferred back. ICWA gives them that option by going through the Bureau of Indian Affairs and using any agreements between the Tribe and the state. In ICWA adoption cases, the respective tribe has to be noticed of all court proceedings, including hearings, at least 10 days before the date of those proceedings. This occurs so that the tribe’s attorney can intervene on behalf of the tribe or the child. Intervention may or may not occur. In cases involving the Department of Child Safety (DCS, formerly CPS), the judge requires proof of notice of a pending court date, through certified mail or formal serving of notice. After this occurs, most judges also require a short letter from the tribe acknowledging receipt of notice. The judge may also require the tribe, through its attorney, to include other details in the response. For instance, the court may want to know whether the tribe will waive notice of future case proceedings or if it plans to object to the severance of parental rights or adoption. Tribal Intervention can be as little as being allowed to appear in court and listen. It can also include the right to discovery, calling witnesses, placing objections in state court, and can even include the right to veto a decision. The goal is always to make sure placement for the American Indian child, be it a relative placement or non-relative placement, is respectful of the child’s heritage and proactive in maintaining the child’s cultural identity in the Tribal community.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Why Hiring an Experienced Criminal Case Lawyer is Important For Your Case

Have you been charged with a crime? If you have, it is important to understand that you are about to enter the criminal justice system. In here, your best bet at getting the best possible outcome is to hire a competent and experienced criminal defense lawyer. Robert Dodell is the personification of excellent legal counsel. While you can find other defenders to represent you, you want one that has years of experience and extensive knowledge with these types of cases in your area.

An Expert on Local Procedures and Personnel

The big question is: Why should you hire Robert Dodell? Plain and simple, the answer is that he possesses the local advantage that you’re looking for. Keep in mind that it is best to hire a lawyer who is experienced in courthouses where the defendant’s case is filed and heard. It is true that laws are the same throughout the state. However, the policies and procedures themselves vary from one locality (or courthouse) to another. Robert Dodell is experienced in all the criminal laws and proceedings in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is equipped with knowledge regarding the many of the prosecutors. As a local attorney, he is also familiar many on the police officers and how they handle their cases and how they testify in court. As an attorney defending you, having experience with both local policy, procedures and personnel can be a huge advantage for your case.  

Criminal Law Experience and Knowledge

You need to go with a lawyer who has previously represented defendants who had cases and offenses similar to yours. These days, criminal law encompasses so many subspecialties, such as drug offenses, white collar crimes, drunk driving, domestic abuse, and more. You can be sure that whatever it is, Robert Dodell has handled it before. His experience is wide and extensive. Before hiring him, you are more than welcome to inquire about his previous experience with criminal cases. You can ask him any questions and open any concerns that are bothering you. He will work for you and with you to the best of his abilities. Working together, he will work up with the best possible defense for your case. You will be working together, with him offering guidance and expert opinion about legal proceedings and projected outcomes.  

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Compassionate and Personable Defense

One of the most common pitfalls of employing a criminal defense is hiring a lawyer who, no matter how qualified and knowledgeable, doesn’t speak the defendant’s language. The most important factor to consider is your comfort level with your lawyer. If you are facing criminal charges and do not know where to turn to, know that there is someone who is willing to help. Robert Dodell is just a call away, ready to lend a helping hand. His legal expertise will give you that fighting chance. He will let your voice be heard. He is your advocate - someone you want in your corner.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Why Choose Robert Dodell as your Attorney for a Domestic Violence Case?

Domestic violence charges are serious cases. If you are facing an arrest or are accused of this crime, you may have a million things running through your mind at this moment. One of the best decisions you can make is hiring an experienced domestic violence lawyer that can advise you and help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case. If law enforcement is on the scene, you have no control of the situation.  Even if the alleged victim does not what to press any charges, it is the prosecutor alone that decides on whether or not to continue with the case against you. A domestic violence criminal defense lawyer is your best option to represent your case. Another factor to consider is the presence of a restraining order. If the alleged victim sought for one, you will be prohibited from being close - or even contacting - him or her. If you and the alleged victim were married, the restraining order can apply to your children, too. You will also be forced to move out of the residence, if you’re sharing it with the alleged victim. If this is the case - it’s still not too late. You are entitled to have a hearing after the restraining order is served. This hearing is crucial in determining whether the order is justified or not. If you have a lawyer representing you at this point, an effective and compelling defense can lift the restraining order.

Why Should Robert Dodell be your Domestic Violence Attorney?

avoid-jail-timeThere are factors left and right that can affect your case. It is urgent to take part in a comprehensive, in-depth review of every single piece of evidence and case detail if you want to have the best possible outcome. Robert Dodell will do more than this. He will work using the best of his abilities and his extensive base of criminal law experience to provide you the best legal defense. The goal is to achieve one of the following possibilities:
  • Have your charges dismiss;
  • Win the case and prove that you are not guilty;
  • Have your charges reduced;
  • Avoid jail time;
  • Let the truth come to the surface (in case you are wrongfully accused)

Defending you against False Accusations

Believe it or not, false accusations win in court more often than you think. Some who are prosecuted are actually innocent. If you have been in a heated argument with someone in your household, it is possible for law enforcement to step in. It is easy for that other person to “claim” that you threatened or attacked him/her. There are similar instances wherein serious accusations of crime (such as child abuse) are pressed against former partners or spouses. This is common if the other party is trying to get some advantage during a custody battle for the child.  

Protect Yourself and Fight for your Rights

You have rights! One of these rights is to have an attorney to represent you. Now, it’s up to you who this attorney is going to be. Hiring a good defense can make or break your case.  Robert Dodell has the insight on the processes of the criminal justice system.  He has years of experience with domestic violence cases.  This can be your best leverage. Have the best possible outcome. All you need is to hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer. Learn more about Robert A. Dodell's domestic violence case services.  

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