Avondale DUI Defense
Former Police Officer
Former DUI Prosecutor
Twenty Years DUI Defense Experience
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People arrested and charged with DUI in the City of Avondale face substantial penalties including a suspension of their drivers license, fines, alcohol classes and jail. After being stopped for a motor vehicle violation, police will often question drivers about alcohol consumption and/or drug use, ask them to participate in field sobriety tests and then obtain a breath, blood or urine sample following an arrest. Depending upon the results of your breath or blood tests, you may be charged with:
Attorney, Raymond Kimble is a former police officer and prosecutor and has amassed over twenty years experience defending thousands of clients who have been charged with DUI, Extreme DUI, Super Extreme DUI and Aggravated DUI. Mr. Kimble recognizes his clients have a constitutional right to an effective defense and takes a proactive approach to protect your freedom and future. Mr. Kimble has negotiated favorable resolutions for clients, has conducted many jury trials in the city, justice and superior courts and has litigated dozens of motions aimed at having evidence suppressed or cases dismissed.
Have You Been Charged with DUI in Avondale?
Raymond Kimble Represents Individuals Charged with All Types of DUI's Including:
- Misdemeanor DUI
- Extreme DUI
- Super Extreme DUI
- DUI's Involving Drugs
- Commercial Driver's License DUI
- Aggravated DUI
- Boating DUI
Undoubtedly, a DUI charge will result in many questions and concerns which must be addressed immediately: Some of these issues may include:
1. Will My Drivers License Be Suspended Due to a DUI?
If you are arrested for DUI and refuse to participate in blood, breath or urine testing, or alternatively, take a blood or breath test and have an alcohol concentration above .08, an automatic suspension of your driver's license may go into effect. How long your driving privileges are suspended depends upon whether you agreed to a blood or breathalyzer test or whether you refused to take a test. If you agreed to participate in blood or breath testing, the suspension will last ninety days. Refusing to take a test will result in a potential license revocation of one year. Usually, the arresting officer will serve you with notice of the suspension at the time of your arrest. This driver's license suspension, also known as an administrative license suspension, is a civil penalty which is separate and apart from any penalties imposed by the court. Moreover, these license suspensions many still occur even if the underlying DUI charge is dismissed.
Be aware that you only have a very short period of time to request a Hearing with the Division of Motor Vehicles in order to challenge or postpone the suspension of your drivers license after being arrested for DUI. Once the time period to request a hearing has expired, the suspension will automatically become effective and cannot be reversed. Consequently, you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible after being arrested for DUI and served with a license suspension notice.
If a request for hearing to challenge the suspension of your drivers license is submitted in a timely manner, the Department of Transportation will schedule an Administrative Hearing within thirty days. The suspension of your license will also be placed on hold until after a decision has been made by the administrative law judge at the hearing.
The issues addressed at a DUI license suspension hearing are very limited. These include whether the arresting officer had reasonable grounds to believe you were:
- Driving or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle,
- Under the influence of liquor or drugs,
- Placed under arrest for DUI,
- Refused to submit to testing after being advised of the consequences, or
- Completed a blood or breath test and there was an alcohol concentration above .08.
While representing clients who have been charged with DUI, I always request a Hearing aimed at protecting your driving privileges and will work to help you avoid a suspension or obtain a restricted license or work permit.
2. Can I Get My Car Out of Impound?
In Arizona, your car can be impounded if you are charged with:
- Driving on a suspended license
- Driving with alcohol in your system when under 21 years of age
- Extreme DUI
- Aggravated DUI
Your vehicle can be impounded for thirty days and can only be released after certain fees are paid. The required payment includes a $150 administrative fee and charges of $15 per day for storing your vehicle at the tow yard. You can request a Hearing and ask that your car be released immediately. However, the hold on your vehicle will only be lifted under very limited circumstances. Additionally, your car can be released to a third party such as your spouse or any other person who was included on the car title prior to your arrest.
3. What are the Penalties for a DUI Conviction?
The penalties for a DUI conviction in Avondale are governed by state law. Undoubtedly, the State of Arizona imposes some of the harshest consequences in the nation upon people who have been convicted of DUI. Unfortunately, a DUI conviction in Arizona requires individuals to serve mandatory jail sentences. The jail time imposed for a DUI will depend upon the level of offense and whether you have prior DUI convictions within the last seven years.
Jail Sentences for DUI Include:
1. Impaired to the Slightest Degree, DUI Above .08% or a Drug Related DUI - A sentence of ten days jail although nine days may be suspended upon the successful completion of alcohol or drug screening and treatment.
2. Extreme DUI - If you are convicted of driving with an alcohol concentration above .15%, the minimum penalty is 30 days jail. Twenty one days jail can be suspended by placing a certified ignition interlock device in your vehicle for one year following conviction. If eligible, you may also be able to serve a portion of your jail term through home detention or continuous alcohol monitoring.
3. Super Extreme DUI - If you are convicted of driving with an alcohol concentration above .20%, the minimum penalty is 45 days jail. Thirty one days jail can be suspended by placing a certified ignition interlock device in your vehicle for one year following conviction. If eligible, you may also be able to serve a portion of your jail term through home detention or continuous alcohol monitoring.
4. DUI with Prior Convictions During the Last Seven Years - If you have a prior DUI conviction within the last seven years of your current offense, the potential jail sentences will increase significantly. Specifically, and depending upon the type of DUI your are charged with, you may be required to serve anywhere from ninety days to six months in jail. In certain situations the jail time can be reduced upon completion of alcohol education classes or through participation in a home detention program.
Aside from mandatory jail terms, a DUI conviction will result in huge fines and fees, probation, alcohol or drug education classes, the suspension of your drivers licenses and installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
4. Can a DUI Charge in Avondale be Defended?
The short answer is yes. On many occasions, I have helped people obtain a complete dismissal of their DUI case or have substantially reduced the penalties my clients initially faced. Because the penalties for DUI are so severe, people who have been arrested should immediately contact an experienced DUI lawyer who is able to perform a thorough investigation, recognize important issues and work to obtain a favorable result.
Some possible defenses which can be used to avoid a DUI conviction include:
- Lack of Driving or Actual Physical Control
- No Reasonable Suspicion to Stop
- No Probable Cause to Arrest
- Improperly Administered Field Sobriety Tests (FST's)
- Right to Counsel Violations
- Violation of Miranda Warnings
- Inaccuracy of the Breathalyzer Device
- Retrograde Extrapolation
- Deficiencies in Blood Alcohol Testing & Issues in Blood Cases
- Denial of an Independent Blood Test
These issues can be used to challenge the prosecutor's evidence or the strength of their case, argue that evidence should be suppressed, negotiate a favorable result or show that the case is not strong enough for a jury to find you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
What to Expect During Representation?
Ray Kimble is a former Police Officer, and DUI Prosecutor who has been defending people charged with DUI throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties during the last twenty years. Mr. Kimble prides himself on being accessible to his clients at all times, including nights and weekends by cell phone, text message or e-mail. If a client has a question or concern, Mr. Kimble prefers that it be addressed immediately. Additionally, Ray Kimble offers his clients:
1. Experience - Mr. Kimble was a police officer and detective for ten years, a DUI and Felony Prosecutor and has been practicing DUI and Criminal Defense for over twenty years.
2. Personal Attention - Mr. Kimble will be solely responsible for your case and be directly accessible to you during business hours, at night and on weekends.
3. Full Investigation of Your Case - This includes reviewing police reports, body camera video, laboratory results, witness statements and consultation with you concerning the alleged incident. Mr. Kimble will also consult with necessary experts to assist in your defense.
4. Research - Legal Issues as well as circumstances concerning the facts of your case or important witnesses will be closely examined.
5. Effective Negotiations - Often, intelligently crafted negotiations can lead to a reduction or dismissal of charges.
6. Clear Guidance - Mr. Kimble will fully evaluate your case and recommend the best course of action.
Call (480) 833-8613 for Help Now
As a former police officer, DUI prosecutor and experienced DUI attorney, I know the criminal justice system, how prosecutors and police officers think and how to attack a DUI case from all angles. I have represented thousands of people from all walks of life who have been charged with serious offenses and have expertise in achieving a dismissal of the charges, negotiating favorable agreements and conducting jury trials in all types of DUI cases. If you have been arrested or charged with a DUI in Avondale or any city in Maricopa or Pinal County, call for immediate help.