What to do if Arrested While Visiting Arizona from Another State

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Jan 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Arrested While Visiting Arizona?

Whether its for golf in the fall or winter, spring training baseball or hiking in the mountains, many people visit Arizona from all over the country.  Unfortunately, Arizona has some of the toughest laws in the country when it comes to DUI enforcement, domestic violence or the use of illegal drugs or marijuana.  As a result, people who decide to visit nightclubs in Scottsdale or Tempe, attend a sporting event such as a college bowl game or Arizona Cardinals football game or purchase drugs or marijuana often find themselves arrested, charged with a DUI or other criminal offense and required to appear in court after they are scheduled to return home. This causes a great deal of stress as most people cannot afford to travel back and forth or miss school or work to attend court appearances in Arizona.

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense while vacationing in Arizona, an attorney can appear on your behalf at most city and justice courts.  This includes entering a "not guilty" plea at your first court appearance, obtaining copies of police reports and blood or breath test results and taking necessary steps to protect your driver's license.  Additionally, an attorney can attend follow up court hearings such as Pre-Trial Conferences, negotiate  a resolution on your behalf and arrange to resolve your charges without you having to travel back and forth to Arizona.  This can be done through entrance into a diversion program and completing classes in your home state or participating in a "telephonic plea proceeding" where you simply call into the court and your attorney appears personally before the judge.

I have represented many people over the last twenty years who were arrested for DUI or another criminal offense while vacationing or visiting Arizona.  On most occasions, especially involving misdemeanor crimes, you will not be required to make unnecessary or expensive trips back to Arizona in order to appear in court.  I will attend all court appearances, obtain all police reports and take whatever steps are necessary to secure the most favorable outcome in your case.  Again, this can usually be accomplished without you being required to come back to Arizona solely for court.

Contact an Experienced DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyer Now: (480) 833-8613

If you live out of state and have been arrested or charged with a DUI or any type of criminal offense while visiting Arizona, contact my office immediately. I am a former police officer and former DUI and felony prosecutor and have been successfully defending people charged with DUI and other criminal charges for twenty years.  I offer a free consultation, and am available at all hours.   

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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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