DUI: The Next Day

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Aug 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Arrested for DUI?  What You Need to Know

Let's face it, no one really plans to be arrested for DUI or any other criminal offense for that matter.  But what happens after you've been stopped for a traffic violation, arrested, given a blood, breath or urine test, had your driver's license confiscated and car impounded and finally, handed a citation along with other miscellaneous paperwork by arresting officers.

Here is a quick guide to the steps you should take to address a DUI arrest in Arizona.

1. Vehicle Impound 

If you have been charged with Extreme DUI, Super Extreme DUI, a second offense DUI or Aggravated DUI in Arizona, its likely that your vehicle was towed and officers served you with notice that it will remain impounded for thirty days.  This is an expensive proposition  as you will be required to pay towing fees along with daily vehicle storage charges. 

You are entitled to request a hearing regarding this thirty day vehicle impound.  To do this, simply call the telephone number on the impound order, request a hearing and be prepared.  The officers are required to show there is sufficient evidence to support the applicable DUI charge.  This is usually accomplished by introducing the results of your breath or blood test or the preliminary breath test you may have taken at the scene.

You can also obtain a release of your vehicle by showing that the car is registered or titled in someone's else' name. Alternatively, police will release the vehicle to your spouse.  In either case you are required to affirm that you will not drive that particular car.

2. License Suspension

If you were arrested for DUI and your alcohol concentration was determined to be above .08, or alternatively, you refused to take a chemical test as requested by officers, police probably confiscated your driver's license and issued you an order of suspension.  This is commonly referred to as an Admin Per Se or Implied Consent suspension.

A suspension of your driving privileges will automatically go into effect after fifteen days unless you request a Hearing with the Division of Motor Vehicles.  Depending upon whether you agreed to take a breath, blood or urine test or refused to take a test, the suspension will be between 90 days and one year.  You must be sure to take the proper steps to request a hearing or contact an attorney who regularly practices DUI defense so your license is safeguarded.  Once a Hearing request is made, the proposed suspension is stayed and you may continue to drive until MVD schedules a hearing date.  You must keep the Admin Per Se form with you while driving as that will act as your temporary driver's license.

3. Responding to the Citation

Perhaps the most important (and distressing) document you will receive from arresting officers is your citation or summons to appear in court.  In Arizona, the citation or summons serves as your official charging document and gives you notice about what charges you are facing, what court to appear in and the date and time of your first court appearance. 

Your first court appearance is called an arraignment.  Here, a not guilty plea will be entered and you will be directed to appear for future court hearings.  Normally, requests that the prosecutor assigned to your DUI case will be made for production of the police report, blood breath or urine tests results, video and audio tapes and other evidence related to your matter.  It is very important that you or your attorney attend this Arraignment Hearing as a bench warrant would be issued for your arrest if you failed to appear as required.

Most people leave the police station dazed and confused about what they should do after a DUI arrest.  Hopefully, this article will explain what steps you must take immediately after being arrested for DUI as well as the meaning of some of the paperwork you received.  It is extremely important however that you contact an experienced DUI defense attorney. An attorney can make sure immediate action is taken to defend your license and rights and ensure that you obtain the most favorable outcome possible.


About the Author

Raymond Kimble

About Raymond Kimble Attorney Raymond Kimble has built his law practice on the philosophy that each client deserves consistent individual attention. Ray realizes that being charged with a DUI or criminal offense is one of the most stressful events in a person's life. A DUI, felony or misdemeanor arrest can involve prison or jail time, probation, huge fines and a criminal record. Consequently, people who face DUI, felony or misdemeanor charges in Arizona are placed at risk of losing employment or being barred from future job opportunities. Ray works to lessen his client's anxiety by ensuring that they have direct access to him at all times and can reach him by e-mail, cell phone or text during normal business hours as well as nights or weekends if they have a pressing question or concern. Raymond Kimble is a dedicated DUI and criminal defense lawyer who has built a reputation of working tirelessly to protect his client's constitutional rights, their future and liberty. Ray strives to provide the strongest defense possible for each client despite the obstacles they may face. Put Experience to Work for You Raymond Kimble's twenty years of experience with respect to DUI, misdemeanor and felony criminal charges extends well beyond law school where he graduated within the top ten percent of his class. Ray was a police officer for ten years prior to becoming an attorney. As a police officer, Ray was trained in both DUI and criminal investigation and his personal involvement in criminal cases while a police officer certainly gives him a unique perspective when reviewing police reports, interviewing witnesses and challenging physical evidence. Ray often identifies legal issues or mistakes made by police during an investigation through his own personal experience as a patrol officer. In addition to his police experience, Raymond Kimble worked as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office where he was responsible for prosecuting DUI, felony and misdemeanor crimes. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Ray conducted a number of jury trials and hearings related to the admissibility of evidence. Through his involvement with these cases as a prosecutor, Ray learned how to properly evaluate the strength and weaknesses of a DUI, misdemeanor or felony charge and became skilled in jury selection, argument, and the direct and cross examination of both civilian witnesses, experts and police officers. Of course, Raymond Kimble's expertise extends beyond his experience as a police officer and prosecutor. Specifically, Ray has successfully represented thousands of people during the last fifteen years throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. To best serve his Clients, Raymond remains current on changes in the law as well as police tactics by regularly attending seminars focused on defending criminal charges and reading the latest articles and books related to DUI and criminal defense. Ray also regularly writes criminal defense blogs and posts so that people faced with a criminal charge are better informed about their rights.


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