Maricopa County Attorney Plans to Ramp Up DUI Prosecutions

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Jun 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, a severe backlog of criminal cases developed in Maricopa County. Specifically, there has been a long delay between investigations submitted to the County Attorney's Office for review by local police departments and the filing of criminal charges by the Prosecutor.  In fact, it has been well publicized that several thousand criminal cases are in the que and soon, many people will be receiving notices to appear in court and answer for their alleged criminal conduct.

Perhaps the largest number of cases yet to be filed concerns individuals who are suspected of Aggravated DUI.  These types of crimes are reviewed and prosecuted by the Vehicular Crimes Bureau of the County Attorney's Office.  Delays in filing charges often result from pending blood test results, huge numbers of cases submitted for prosecution and incomplete police reports.  However, because Aggravated DUI's are felony offenses, there is a seven years statute of limitations from the date an offense was committed.  Consequently, a person may be arrested for Aggravated DUI in Maricopa County and not prosecuted for two years or more.   Unfortunately, individuals charged with charged Aggravated DUI will face harsh consequences ranging from mandatory jail or prison terms, probation, a driver's license revocation and huge fines and fees.

There are several types of Aggravated DUI in Arizona.   A Class 6 Aggravated DUI will occur if a driver is alleged to be impaired by alcohol or drugs while operating a motor vehicle and a passenger under the age of 15 is in the car.  More serious Aggravated DUI's occur when a driver already has been convicted of two prior DUI offenses within a seven year period,  is driving an automobile on a suspended or revoked license or is driving in the wrong direction on a highway when they are suspected of being impaired.

You should immediately contact an experienced DUI lawyer upon receiving a summons to appear in court concerning an Aggravated DUI charge.  There are many defenses which can utilized to fight a DUI charge and an attorney who regularly practices DUI defense can help you obtain the most favorable result possible.  

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Raymond A. Kimble specializes in DUI defense and has a working knowledge of all the city, justice and superior courts in Arizona. Through his experience, Mr. Kimble can assess and evaluate your particular situation and provide the best possible defense strategy. Mr. Kimble is always able to resolve DUI cases with the least amount of jail time, fines, etc. Mr. Kimble is able to expose weaknesses in a prosecutor's case which results in a dismissal or reduction of DUI charges and has successfully defended many DUI cases at trial. Raymond A. Kimble is a former police officer and DUI Prosecutor who has successfully defended thousands of people charged with DUI in Arizona over the last twenty years.

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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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