What to Expect After Being Arrested for DUI in Scottsdale

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Jan 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Given the numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs in Scottsdale, Arizona as well as the number of visitors to the Old Town and downtown Scottsdale area every weekend, it is not surprising that police constantly remain on the lookout for impaired drivers and that many people are arrested for DUI each weekend.  Whether you are cited for Driving While Impaired to the Slightest Degree, having an alcohol concentration above .08, Extreme DUI involving an Alcohol Concentration above .15 or Super Extreme DUI above a .20 BAC, you should know that harsh penalties may result.  Police and Prosecutors vigorously enforce DUI laws within the City of Scottsdale.

The Police Investigation

If you consumed alcohol and were stopped for a motor vehicle violation by Scottsdale Police, you should anticipate a number of things which might occur.  Initially, police will ask you whether you've been drinking and possibly how much alcohol you consumed.  Remember, you are not required to answer any questions beyond providing police with your drivers license, registration and proof of insurance.  If police notice possible signs of impairment, such as an odor of alcohol, bloodshot or watery eyes, slurred speech, etc they will request that you exit your vehicle and participate in  field sobriety tests.  These include horizontal gaze nystagmus (the eye test), the walk and turn test or the one leg stand.  You might also be asked to give a breath sample through a hand held breathalyzer device called a preliminary breath tester.  Again, these tests are voluntary and you are not under any legal obligation to do them.

For people unfortunate enough to be arrested in Scottsdale for DUI, a number of things will occur to further the police investigation.  Specifically, you will be advised of your Miranda warnings and then asked a series of questions concerning the alcohol you consumed and whether you felt impaired to drive a car.  You will also be advised of Arizona's Implied Consent Statute and asked to provide a sample of your blood and breath to determine your alcohol concentration.  Finally, you will either to released and given a date to appear in court or in some cases booked into jail and held to see a judge the following morning.

The Scottsdale City Court Process

The Scottsdale City Court is located at 3700 North 75th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona.  Your first court court appearance after a DUI arrest is an Arraignment.  During this proceeding, a "Not Guilty" plea will be entered on your behalf and you will be directed to return to court in approximately thirty days for a Pre-Trial Conference.  Between the Arraignment and Pre-Trial Conference, prosecutors will review the police report and blood or breath test results as well as your driving record.  The case will be evaluated by the assigned prosecutor for a potential plea offer.  If you hire an attorney, your lawyer will also review these materials, begin to interview witnesses and research any potential issues.

At the Pre-Trial Conference, your lawyer will discuss the case with an assigned prosecutor, request any additional items of discovery such as blood test results or officer body camera video and explore a possible resolution of your case.  The court will then schedule a Case Management Conference about four weeks after your Pre-Trial Conference.  At the Case Management Conference, the court will ask whether:

  • there are any outstanding discovery issues,
  • interviews of the states witnesses have been scheduled.
  • blood test results have been provided,
  • there are experts who will be retained, 
  • DUI Defendant resides outside of Arizona.  

The final hearing prior to trial is referred to as a Trial Readiness Conference.  During this proceeding, the court will want to know if a plea offer will be negotiated, whether witnesses are available for trial and what a realistic trial date may be.  You should be aware that the Scottsdale City Prosecutor's policy is that any potential plea offers will be revoked if a case does not resolve at or before the Trial Readiness Conference.  Consequently, you should seriously consider any potentially favorable plea offer before setting a trial date past the Trial Readiness Conference.  Should your case not resolve, you are entitled to a Jury Trial where witnesses will testify and six members of the community must determine if evidence has been presented which proves you guilty of DUI, Extreme DUI or Super Extreme DUI beyond a reasonable doubt.

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If you, a family member or friend has been arrested for a DUI offense in Scottsdale, Arizona or any other city within the greater Phoenix area, 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.

About the Author

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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