What To Do If You Live Out Of State But Are Arrested For DUI In Arizona

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Jul 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Thousands of people visit Arizona annually to take advantage of our beautiful golf courses, scenic mountains, warm winter weather or to conduct business.  During these vacation or business trips, people will regularly patronize the popular bars, clubs and restaurants in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe as well as other surrounding cities.  Unfortunately, many visitors also learn firsthand about Arizona's strict enforcement of DUI  laws and the harsh penalties which can result from a DUI conviction.

If you live out of state but have been charged with DUI in Arizona, there are a number of things to keep in mind:

  1. You Must Appear in Court - People charged with DUI in Arizona are given a citation which includes a date, time and location to appear in court.  If you return home and fail to appear as required. a warrant will be issued for your arrest.  This can result in your driving privileges being suspended in Arizona and in your home state as well. If you decide to hire an attorney, your lawyer can appear on your behalf and save you the trouble and expense of traveling back and forth between Arizona and your home state.
  2. Arizona Imposes Harsh Consequences in DUI Cases - The State of Arizona imposes some of the harshest penalties in the country upon people who have been charged with and convicted of DUI.  Whether your alleged to have been Impaired to the Slightest Degree (28-1381A1), have an Alcohol Concentration Above .08% (28-1381A2) or charged with Extreme DUI (above .15% BAC) or Super Extreme DUI (above .20%), potential penalties include jail time, significant fines, loss of driving privileges, alcohol education classes and the requirement that an ignition interlock device be placed on your car.  These punishments must be satisfied upon conviction even though you live out of state. 
  3. Jail Time - Jail terms following a DUI conviction are perhaps the most difficult part of a sentence for people who live out of state.  For non-Arizona residents, this may require that you return to Arizona and serve any term of incarceration that is imposed.  Obviously, this causes additional expense as well as time away from your family and employment.  In some cases you may be able to transfer the jail sentence to the state where you live and serve it in a local facility.  However, the court will pace the responsibility upon you to locate a jail to serve your sentence, pay any required costs and submit proof that the jail term was completed.
  4. Drivers License Issues - A DUI charge and conviction in Arizona will result in sanctions being placed upon your ability to drive.  If a breath or blood test reveals an alcohol concentration above .08%, your driving privileges in Arizona will be suspended for ninety days.  Should you refuse to participate in chemical testing following a DUI arrest, a one year revocation of your driving privileges will result.  Any restrictions, revocations or suspensions resulting from a DUI arrest within Arizona will generally affect your driving privileges in this state.  However, you should be aware that each state's Motor Vehicle Agencies share information through Interstate Compact Agreements. Consequently, once your home state learns of the DUI charge and sanctions within Arizona, restrictions can be placed on your license there as well.
  5. Alcohol Education Classes/Fines and the Ignition Interlock Device - Other penalties imposed following a DUI conviction can be satisfied in the state where you live.  For instance, alcohol screening and education can be completed online or through a state licensed facility in your home state.  Fines can be paid over the phone and proof of the breathalyzer device can be submitted to the court and Arizona MVD by email.                

Certainly, DUI charges in Arizona can result in harsh penalties and are much more complicated for people who live out of state. Undoubtedly, an experienced DUI attorney can be tremendous help in obtaining a favorable result and navigating through drivers license issues, jail time, etc.

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If you, a family member or friend has been arrested for a  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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