What to Do After Learning of a Warrant for Your Arrest

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

Many people are walking or driving around the Phoenix area with warrants for their arrest and they are not even aware of it.  On many occasions, I have received telephone calls from individuals who have learned they have an arrest warrant after completing a background check for a new job or apartment, being stopped by the police, receiving a letter in the mail or having an officer come to their home.

Arrest warrants can be issued in both misdemeanor and felony cases for a variety of reasons.   These include not receiving a summons, failing to appear in court as required or not complying with the terms of a sentence following a conviction.  Additionally, some people are subject to a grand jury indictment which remains "secret" or unsealed until it is served (meaning your arrested) or can be the focus of a complaint filed by the prosecutor.  If the court is unable to serve the complaint on you because you have moved or have failed to sign for a certified letter, a warrant for your arrest will ultimately be issued.

When the court issues a warrant, they will normally set a bond.  This means that if you are arrested on the outstanding warrant, you must pay a certain amount of money before being released from jail.  Obviously, remaining in jail because of a warrant could cause tremendous difficulties with personal responsibilities at home and work.

There are a number of steps which can be taken after you learn a warrant has been issued for your arrest.  One option is to appear at the court and attempt to post the required bond amount.  Doing this alone is risky however as you can still be taken into custody for the purpose of being processed, i.e. fingerprinted and photographed, before being released.  Undoubtedly, the better option is to contact a local and experienced criminal defense attorney who can navigate you through the process and work to quickly quash the bench warrant.  An attorney can file paperwork with the court requesting the the warrant be quashed and have a court appearance scheduled, can accompany or "walk" you into the court to quash the warrant or can contact the court and quickly schedule a hearing to quash the warrant.  During the last twenty years, I have used all of these methods to successfully address both felony and misdemeanor arrest warrants for people throughout the greater Phoenix area.

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If you have been charged with a felony, misdemeanor or DUI offense in Tempe, Phoenix, or any other city within Maricopa or Pina County,  it is vital that you contact a highly skilled criminal lawyer immediately. Tempe DUI and Criminal Defense 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 attorney 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 arrested for and charged with criminal and DUI offenses.

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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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