Vehicle Impounds and DUI in Arizona

Posted by Raymond Kimble | May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you are arrested for DUI in Arizona, police may tow your vehicle and place a 30 day hold upon it.  The DUI charges which permit police to impound your vehicle for 30 days include:

  • Extreme DUI pursuant to A.R.S 28-1382A1 where your alcohol concentration is alleged to be above .150
  • Super Extreme DUI pursuant to A.R.S. 28-1381A2 where your alcohol concentration is alleged to be above .20
  • Aggravated DUI - Aggravated DUI occurs in Arizona where you are charged with DUI and have a child under the age of 15 years old in the vehicle with you, have two prior DUI convictions within the past seven years or were driving on a suspended, revoked or restricted license at the time of the DUI arrest.

When your vehicle is impounded, police will issue you a Notice of Impound which will inform you of the reason for the impound, location where your car is being held and the contact information of the facility where your car is stored.

Under Arizona law, an Extreme DUI, Super Extreme DUI and Aggravated DUI will result in significant towing a storage fees because of the 30 day impound.  You do have the right to request a hearing however.  Some of the arguments which can lead to release of your vehicle include:

  • Someone else was driving your vehicle and arrested for DUI
  • The vehicle is owned by a third party
  • No evidence exists that your alcohol concentration was above .15 or .20

Additionally, if you are married or another individual is on the registration/title to the vehicle, they may retrieve it from impound.  However, they must sign a form stating that you will not drive the vehicle for a specific period of time.

Once the 30 day period has expired, you may obtain a release of your vehicle from the police department and retrieve it from the storage facility.  To do this, all fees must be paid and proof of a valid license, registration and insurance me be presented. You should not wait to long before having your vehicle released as a towing company may attempt to obtain ownership of your car if more than 10 days has passed since the 30 day impound expires.


If you, a family member or friend has been arrested for a misdemeanor DUI or felony Aggravated DUI offense in Arizona, it is important that you immediately begin working with a qualified DUI attorney who can effectively represent you in the court of law and take necessary steps to protect your driver's license. Attorney Raymond Kimble is a former police officer, DUI and felony prosecutor and has represented thousands of people charged with DUI in Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Phoenix and other cities throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties over the last twenty years. Ray Kimble  will have a clear understanding of all the circumstances in your case, along with the knowledge, skill and experience to protect your drivers license and achieve the best possible outcome for you.

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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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