How Will A Domestic Violence Charge Affect Your Fingerprint Clearance Card in Arizona

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Apr 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

The State of Arizona requires that people who are engaged in certain activities and occupations maintain a valid fingerprint clearance card.  Most notably, this includes teachers, nurses, pharmacists dentists, real estate professionals and physical therapists.   The process essentially involves forwarding an application along with your fingerprints to the Department of Public Safety.  A check of your criminal history will be completed and a fingerprint card issued if you are determined to qualify.

A domestic violence charge or conviction can have significant effects on your ability to remain employed in your chosen profession and earn a living.  If you are arrested or charged with domestic violence, the department of Public Safety will be notified and your fingerprint clearance card will be suspended.  Arizona law provides that a person who is awaiting trial or who has been convicted of an offense involving domestic violence is prohibited from receiving a fingerprint clearance card.  The only caveat is that you can apply for a good cause exception and seek to have your fingerprint clearance card issued or reinstated.  

Unfortunately, good cause exceptions to the denial or suspension of a fingerprint clearance card are generally not available while people are awaiting trial.  Consequently, an domestic violence arrest or charge can result in a loss of employment while the case is pending.  This is important as misdemeanor domestic violence charges in Arizona may take a minimum of several months to resolve while felony charges  can take a year or longer.

If you are arrested or charged with Domestic Violence in Arizona, it is important to consult with a qualified and experienced criminal defense lawyer so that you can obtain the most favorable outcome possible.  Aside from the loss of your fingerprint clearance card, domestic violence convictions can also result in mandatory probation, jail terms and even prison.  An experienced attorney can help you restore your fingerprint clearance card should you be found not guilty or have your case dismissed and can guide you through a good cause exception application if you are convicted.


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If you have been charged with Domestic Violence in Tempe, Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale or any other city within Maricopa or Pina County,  it is vital that you contact a highly skilled criminal lawyer immediately. Tempe domestic violence lawyer Raymond Kimble will recognize available defenses and has been defending people charged with these crimes for many years. Mr. Kimble knows how to prepare a solid defense, challenge the prosecution's evidence and negotiate a reduction or dismissal of the charges

With a seasoned Tempe criminal defense lawyer on your case, you will have your rights protected as your attorney fights to secure a favorable outcome on your behalf. Attorney Raymond Kimble has successfully represented hundreds of individuals throughout Arizona over the last twenty years who have been accused of domestic violence.


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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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