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GLENDALE CRIMINAL DEFENSE

People arrested in Glendale and charged with a Misdemeanor, Domestic Violence, Drug Crime, or any felony offense will face some of the harshest penalties in the country.  Depending upon the offense, mandatory penalties may include prison, probation, jail and significant fines and fees.  Attorney, Raymond Kimble is a former police officer and prosecutor and has amassed over twenty years experience defending thousands of clients who have been arrested.  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. 

During Representation by Ray Kimble, You Will Receive:

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. 

Arrested for a Drug Offense?

The possession of any controlled substance such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, etc is considered a felony in Arizona. The crime can be much more serious if police believed you had a purpose other than merely possessing and using drugs. Law enforcement officers look for indications such as the quantity of drugs found, packaging materials, scales and a large amount of cash to determine if you may have possessed narcotic or dangerous drugs for sale or distribution.  Attorney Raymond Kimble is a former police detective and felony prosecutor who has successfully represented hundreds of clients charged with possession, transportation and distribution of prescription, narcotic and dangerous drugs for sale in Glendale and throughout Arizona.

The Laws Pertaining to Sale of Illegal Substances in Arizona:

  • Possession, Transportation or Manufacturing of Dangerous Drugs for Sale: A person shall not knowingly possess for sale, transport or manufacture use a dangerous drug for subsequent sale. The most common types of dangerous drugs people in Arizona are charged with possessing include methamphetamine, ecstacy and LSD.
  • Possession, Transportation or Manufacturing of Narcotic Drugs for Sale: A person shall not knowingly possess for sale, transport or manufacture use a narcotic drug for subsequent sale. The most common types of narcotic drugs people in Arizona are charged with possessing include cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin. These days, police are focusing much of their attention on individuals distributing fentanyl pills as well.

Drug Crimes are Serious!

Penalties for Possession, Transportation or Distribution of Drugs for Sale:

Generally, possession of illegal drugs, with the exception of drug paraphernalia is a Class 4 felony. However, if you are charged with possession, transportation or distribution of drugs for sale, the potential penalties increase dramatically. In some circumstances you may be eligible for probation. However, where there are multiple sales alleged or where the amount of drugs is greater than the “statutory threshold,” a prison sentence upon conviction is mandatory. Additionally, because methamphetamine is such as serious problem in Arizona, individuals who are convicted of selling methamphetamine are not eligible for probation and face a mandatory prison term of between 5 and 15 years. Aside from the potential of a jail or prison term, people also face huge fines, the loss of public benefits, community service and a permanent felony conviction on their record.

Defenses to Drug Charges

There are a number of defenses which can be argued to defend against a charge that you were possession, selling or transporting drugs for sale.   An experienced Defense Lawyer such as Raymond Kimble can evaluate all aspects of your case and determine which defenses can be used to get the charges dismissed, negotiate the most favorable result or argued successfully at trial.

Some Common Defenses Which May Apply To Your Drug Case Are:
  • Police failure to advise you of your Miranda rights prior to questioning
  • Police violating your 4th Amendment rights against unlawful searches of your home, vehicle, office, etc.
  • Police failure to follow proper procedures when using a court ordered wiretap of your phone
  • Failure in proper analysis of the alleged drugs by a crime law.
  • Challenging the reliability of confidential informants or other people providing information to the police

Attorney Raymond Kimble Provides Criminal Defense for all Felonies in Glendale Including:

Have You Been Charged with Felony?

Felony crimes are treated extremely serious by both police and prosecutors.  A felony conviction can carry very significant penalties and also result in the permanent loss of important civil rights such as your ability to vote, possess a firearm, etc.  Additionally, you also risk the loss of professional licenses and obtaining housing and credit will be extremely difficult.  

The Potential Punishment for Felony Crimes Are:

1.   Class 1 Felony -  Life in Prison

2.   Class 2 Felony -   Between 3 and 12.5 years in prison, up to 7 years probation (which may include one year in jail) and $150,000 in fines

3.   Class 3 Felony - Between 2 and 8.75 years in prison, up to 5 years probation (which may include one year in jail) and $150,000 in fines

4.   Class 4 Felony - Between 1 and 3.75 years in prison, up to 4 years probation (which may include one year in jail) and $150,000 in fines

5.   Class 5 Felony - Between 6 months and 2.5 years in prison, up to 3 years probation (which may include one year in jail) and $150,000 in fines

6.   Class 6 Felony - Between 4 months and 2 years in prison, up to 3 years probation (which may include one year in jail) and $150,000 in fines

You should be aware that felony crimes which are classified as Dangerous Offenses, Sex Assault and Sex Offenses committed against children have special sentencing provisions which require mandatory prison sentences greater than the general felony offenses listed above. Additionally, people who have prior felony convictions are also at risk of being classified as "repeat offenders" and sentenced to greater prison terms.

Charged with a Domestic Violence Offense?

Domestic violence involves alleged crimes committed by spouses, family members, individuals who live together, or people involved in an intimate relationship against each other. Domestic violence offenses can be classified as misdemeanor or felony crimes and can result in a permanent conviction, probation, jail or prison terms.  Additionally, you may permanently lose your right to possess or own a firearm if convicted of certain domestic violence offenses.  

 Under Arizona law, domestic violence can include, but is not limited to the following offenses:

  • Abuse of a Child or Vulnerable Adult Abuse                                                               
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Assault
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Custodial Interference
  • Dangerous Crimes against Children
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Endangerment
  • Harassment
  • Interfering with Judicial Proceedings
  • Kidnapping or Unlawful Imprisonment
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Negligent Homicide
  • Sexual Assault
  • Stalking
  • Threatening and Intimidating

If you have been charged with a Domestic Violence offense, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.  Domestic Violence convictions will have a negative impact upon your future. Consequently, you should contact a lawyer who regularly defends people who are charged with these crimes and can recognize potential defenses and the best course of action for you.  Over the last twenty years, I have represented hundreds of people charged with Domestic Violence and have obtained great results for my clients.

Have You Been Arrested for a Sex Offense?

Being accused of any sex crime can have a significant impact on your reputation and how you are treated by employers, family members and other people in the community. Fighting back against these offenses with an experienced lawyer is the best way to protect your rights and show that being accused of a sexual offense is different from committing one.

At the Law Office of Raymond Kimble, we know that in addition to the social stigma of a sexual offense, the penalties for a conviction are also serious enough to affect the rest of your life. Conviction for most sex offenses will result in mandatory jail or prison terms and the possibility of spending the rest of your life on probation. You can also be required to register as a sex offender.  Attorney Raymond Kimble is a former police detective and prosecutor who has more than 20 years of experience in the criminal justice system, including defending people charged with sexual offenses. Since our firm's founding in 1999, we have obtained positive results for hundreds of clients and we can aggressively pursue justice for you.

Experienced Sex Crimes Defense

Located in Tempe, Arizona, the Law Office of Raymond Kimble provides criminal defense for clients accused and arrested for a variety of sex crimes, including:

Aggressive and Effective Representation

The first thing that our firm does in a sex crimes case is talk with our client about the situation and learn about the relationship with the victim, the allegations against the client and his or her best options for success. Next, we will look at police reports, witness testimony, DNA evidence, psychological histories and other evidence that may be important for building a defense.

We will determine if there was a motive for the victim to lie, if the suspect was properly identified by the victim and by police and if testimonies are consistent. Our firm will explore every angle to make sure that prosecutors and law enforcement officials did their jobs correctly and completely. If not, we will exploit any areas which are identified.

Attorney Raymond Kimble has represented people throughout Arizona who have been accused of sexual offenses.  Mr. Kimble has a proven track record of success and has been able to secure dismissals, favorable plea agreements and a reduction of the charges for many individuals who faced extremely serious consequences.

What Misdemeanor Offenses Do We Defend?

During the last twenty years, Attorney, Raymond Kimble has successfully defended people charged with various misdemeanor offenses in Phoenix and throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties.  Although the potential penalty for a misdemeanor conviction can involve probation, up to six months jail and fines of $2,500, an experienced attorney can help to have charges dismissed or to avoid harsh results such as probation and jail. 

Some of the misdemeanor charges Mr. Kimble commonly defends people against include:
  1. Domestic Violence
  2. Prostitution
  3. Shoplifting
  4. Assault
  5. Theft
  6. Criminal Damage

Potential Defenses to a Criminal Charge

Whether you've been charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can evaluate the facts of your case and aggressively use any available defenses to obtain the most favorable outcome.  Perhaps the most important concept in criminal cases is that the prosecutor carries the burden of proving individuals "guilty of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt."   I regularly use many arguments to illustrate that "reasonable doubt" exists in order to obtain a dismissal or reduction in charges.  

Some Defenses Which Can Be Used To Argue Against a Criminal Charge Include:

  1. Self Defense
  2. Defense of a Third Person
  3. Defense of Property
  4. Illegal Search
  5. Violation of Miranda Warnings
  6. Being "merely present" when a crime was committed but not aiding or participating in any way
  7. Not intending to commit a criminal act
  8. Consent
  9. Duress
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GLENDALE DUI DEFENSE

Glendale police are very proactive in patrolling for drivers who may be impaired.  Once stopped for an infraction, you will be questioned about your driving behavior, asked about alcohol consumption and subject to further investigation.  

Some Signs of Alcohol Consumption Police Look for Include:

  • the odor of an intoxicating beverage
  • flushed face
  • slurred speech
  • bloodshot and watery eyes

If any of these symptoms are present, or if you admit to consuming alcohol prior to driving, police will likely request that you participate in field sobriety testing.  

Raymond Kimble Represents Individuals Charged with All Types of DUI's Including:

1. You Are Not Required to Perform Field Sobriety Tests

You should be aware that participation in field sobriety tests is completely voluntary.  Consequently, you cannot be penalized, or your driver's license suspended, for refusing to do them.  If you choose to complete the sobriety tests however (which is not recommended) and police notice clues of impairment, you will be arrested and transported to the police station or a DUI van for chemical testing.  Glendale Police routinely utilize both blood and breathalyzer tests to determine whether your alcohol concentration is above the legal limit or if you have ingested illegal drugs.

Some of the Field Tests Commonly Administered by Glendale Police Are:

    1. Walk and Turn  - This test, often referred to as "walking the line," requires a person to walk heel to toe on a straight line.  The person is required to take nine steps forward, pivot and then take nine steps back on that same line.  Some of the mistakes officers will look for include not touching heel to toe while walking, raising arms to balance, failing to stay on a straight line, an improper pivot or incorrect number of steps.  
    2. One Leg Stand  - Here, an officer will instruct a DUI suspect to stand on one leg and raise the other foot about six inches off the ground.  A person will be told to point their toe out, look at their raised foot and remain in that position for approximately thirty seconds.  Using arms for balance, swaying, hopping, putting your foot down or not lifting it high enough will be viewed as mistakes.
    3. Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus - The "pen test" is one of the most relied upon by officers when they conduct a DUI investigation.  A person suspected of DUI will be required to follow a pen or light with each eye.  If a person is unable to track the pen or light smoothly, commonly referred to as "bouncing," the officer may conclude that he or she is under the influence of alcohol or certain drugs.   

2. What are the Penalties for a DUI Conviction?

The penalties for a DUI conviction in Glendale 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.

3. Can a DUI Charge in Glendale be Defended?

The short answer is yes.  The prosecution is required to prove that people charged with DUI are guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt." 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.  

4. Will My Driver's 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:

  1. Driving or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle,
  2. Under the influence of liquor or drugs,
  3. Placed under arrest for DUI,
  4. Refused to submit to testing after being advised of the consequences,  or
  5. 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.

5. Can I Get My Car Out of Impound?

In Arizona, your car can be impounded if you are charged with:

  1.  Driving on a suspended license 
  2.  Driving with alcohol in your system when under 21 years of age
  3.  Extreme DUI
  4.  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.

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As a former police officer, prosecutor and experienced DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney, I know the criminal justice system, how prosecutors and police officers think and how to attack a case from all angles.  I have represented thousands of people from all walks of life who have been charged with serious offenses and DUI 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 or criminal offense in Glendale or any city in Maricopa or Pinal County, call for immediate help.

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About Raymond Kimble

Raymond A. Kimble is a former police officer and felony prosecutor who has twenty years experience defending people accused of DUI and other criminal offenses throughout Arizona. Mr. Kimble represents clients seeking experienced and aggressive representation to help them fight the charges they face. For more information, contact The Law Office of Raymond A. Kimble today.