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Jonathan Rooker is a highly educated and well trained Fresno DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney. Having earned the prestigious ACS-CHAL Lawyer Scientist Designation and a Masters Degree in Forensic Toxicology during 2015 alone, most lawyer would rest.  Jonathan quickly enrolled and completed a M.S. in Forensic Science in 2016, he is still continuing to raise the bar for education, science, and DUI Defense.

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Jonathan aggressively defends clients in a wide range off criminal charges.  Having successfully defended cases from the smallest of trespassing cases, Domestic Violence, DUI Manslaughter, Battery, Assault, Sex Crimes including Rape, and Homicide/Murder, you can rest assured that your case will be taken seriously and a quality legal defense will be provided at every stage of the proceedings.

Having first gained the respect of his peers for his approach of using education as a key in DUI/DWI defense, Jonathan has also gained a reputation for providing unique defenses on behalf of his clients on more serious cases where science is a major aspect of the prosecution or defense. The use of experts, crime labs, forensic reconstruction of accident scenes, crime scenes, and other areas of criminal prosecution and defense has opened an emerging field where science is used for the defense to properly cross examine experts or provide expert testimony from their own witnesses to assist in a quality defense that can help defend against the government's attack on your liberty. Education, Training, & Expertise

Call for a free consultation with and Experienced and Affordable Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney.  Jonathan is one of the most educated DUI lawyers in the State, let him help you with your Criminal Defense and DUI defense case. 

The crime rate in Fresno has been historically high while leading the nation in DUI enforcement and prosecution.  If you a have been arrested, cited, or charged with a criminal allegation, it is important to contact an attorney at the earliest possible stage of the Criminal Proceedings so we can help you.

The courts and  District Attorneys are elected officials that commonly run on a "Get Tough On Crime" campaign slogan.  In Fresno County, they truly follow through with that pledge.  If you hire an attorney to represent you in the courts, it is important you hire one that has the education and desire to fight for you, and help you with your situation.

Jonathan Rooker is an experienced and educated criminal defense and DUI attorney who is a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association, The 6th Criminal Defense Attorney to earn the prestigious ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist designation from the American Chemical Society, a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the California DUI Lawyers Association.

Our criminal defense clients...

and why I am proud to help them get through the tough times:

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Our clients are ordinary people who need help during a tough period in their life.  Most have jobs, families, and responsibilities in life that merely require a little help to move forward in life.  A typical DUI client may have be employed as a Class A driver, be looking forward to a retirement from the company they have worked for over a period of years, and be at risk of losing their home, retirement, and career due to a questionable arrest for DUI.  I want to help good people, who have lived responsible lives, continue to be productive members of our society.  We have over criminalized society, and create an environment that punishes absent an understanding that people make mistakes.

Why help a Drunk Driver?

Many time people ask how I could help an (alleged) drunk driver.  Don't I know that drunk driving costs lives?  Of course I do, I've seen it first hand.  I was struck be a DUI driver, received injuries, my girlfriend was also injured along with other people. If we dehumanize a human being by referring to them as a "drunk driver" then it is easy to take that approach.  In my situation this person was a human being, a teacher, who had worked with my father, and was in the prime of her life.  Due to a drunk driving arrest she made a horrible choice, and it cost her a career she had worked hard for. Subsequently, due to a DUI, she took her own life.  Would you want to help a person in her situation?  I do.

Our Domestic Violence Clients:

Most of my clients who are accused of domestic violence aren't bad people.  Many times they have lived good lives, been in long term relationships with people they love, and been a good spouse.  Life has stress, and being human, they add up.  A moment of indiscretion can snowball into serious charge such as domestic violence.  Soon a restraining order is issued, families are torn apart, and the entire family is victimized by the court system.  Seeing families torn apart is never good, especially when they are good, stable, loving family that has their problems exasperated by courts that have their own political motives in mind for their actions.

Why help an accused Domestic Violence Client?

Seeing the damage that the courts and criminal justice systems inflict upon families, many times it ends up being the real abuse.  An accusation, absent any proof, and usually based on an officers interpretation of a statement by one party, can cause a family to be prohibited from contact for the duration of the pending adjudication, and many times even longer.  Long term marriages, with children, and mutual obligations, suffering during a stressful time, can cause an accusation to be made.  Then, the justice systems gets involved, and a case can take years to resolve, all the while the husband and wife, or significant others are prohibited from seeing or even talking to each other.

Violent and Gang Crimes

Our clients may be accused of serious felonies such as gang crimes, murder, attempted murder, and other such crimes.  However, an accusation is far from defining the person that they are.  They may be good people, from loving families, who did nothing wrong but be born into an area or have relatives who are involved in gang crimes.  People are falsely accused, and on occasion the wrong person is imprisoned.  There are times when a violent crime is nothing more than a false allegation, self defense, or the wrong individual is arrested and charged. Imagine spending months in jail for no reason.  Being innocent of the crime, knowing you worked that day, all day, and wasn't even close to the location of the crime, but having an overzealous government agent fabricate evidence against you because they believed you really were involved and were out to prove their case at any cost.  The truth can be lost if the investigation goes the wrong direction and wont look reasonably at evidence that points the other direction, toward innocence of the person they accused of committing the crime.  Many times our clients are over charged.  There may be good reason to believe they have committed a crime or an infraction, but not the crime they are accused of.  In such situations we act to mitigate the damages by investigating the situation, interviewing witnesses, and various other techniques to flush our the reality that our client is innocent of what they have been accused of, even if they may be guilty of something much less serious in nature.

How could you I help a gang member or defend a person accused of shooting someone?

I have heard this many times.  I learned early in may career that police can make mistakes, and while rare, they can also be very wrong in their beliefs and create evidence to justify their expectation.  I watched an innocent young man, barely in his 20's with not real criminal record sit in jail for six months, all while trying to convince a DA that he was innocent.  I have proof, statements, and a video of him at the store, which the DA also had but refused to turn over or even watch with me.  The defendant even used his credit card, and several of the alibi witnesses were with him at the store, visible on the film, along with the vehicle they arrived in. I spoke with the victim, who lived in close proximity, and was able to name the person who actually shot him, who wasn't my client.  He said the police told him he that my client shot him, circle the guy the guy that shot you, and put your initials in it.  He argued for a while, then did it.  The co-defendant told who really did the shooting, but the officers said he was lying, and they badgered him into finally saying he was with my client.  At preliminary hearing my client was released from jail, no longer facing gun, gang, and attempted homicide charges that could have resulted in a long prison sentence.  Having spent six months in jail for nothing more than going to work that day.  Shouldn't society be happy for justice, and applaud criminal defense attorney's for saving us from the unbridled discretion of over zealous government workers and the power they are given?

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Fresno DUI Lawyer Jonathan Rooker: Fresno area law enforcement agencies have some of the strictest DUI enforcement policies in the Nation. The first decision an officer makes during the DUI enforcement is the decision to stop the vehicle. It may be a driving pattern, maintenance infraction, tinted windows, or other issues the lead the officer to make that decision. The next decision is whether to have the driver exit the vehicle and conduct a DUI investigation. Factors include odor or alcohol, red watery eyes, and slurred speech. Timely stopping, parking, and fumbling with a license or insurance paperwork, all influence the officers decision to continue the investigation. Once outside the vehicle the subject may sway or have trouble following directions. At the conclusion of the third stage, the officer decides if there is probable cause for an arrest. If you are arrested, there are steps you should take on your own behalf. It is important for anyone cited for DUI to contact the DMV within 10 days to preserve their right to an Admin Per Se Hearing in front of a DMV officer. Failure to contact the DMV within 10 days may result in the suspension of your driving privilege. Remember, the officer arrests at probable cause, but it takes proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict. If the officer does their job right, a large percentage of the people should be found not guilty.

Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney: Sometimes good people need help during tough times

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Fresno & Madera Criminal Defense Lawyer Jonathan Rooker: Domestic Violence (DV) charges, punishments, and your rights is something you need to understand if you've been accused. DV charges can result in a sentence of probation, jail, and/or prison. DV can be charged under various sections including PC 243(E) or the more serious PC 273.5 Felony (DV) accusation. Many convictions result in being sentenced to a 52-week program, referred to as the Batterers Treatment Program (BTP). The right to own, possess, or use a Firearms, a serious issue for many people who grew up in the rural valley hunting, fishing, and target shooting can be lost forever. While Judges routinely advise those convicted of misdemeanor Domestic Violence that they will be prohibited from owning firearms for 10-years, the Federal Government will preclude gun ownership for the remainder of the persons life if they are convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. It is important that the court knows you are a law abiding, upstanding, and productive member of society. Don't let an accusation turn into a lifetime of being stigmatized as a criminal.

"Criminal defense is about helping good people, that is what I do." Jonathan Rooker

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Experienced Fresno and Madera County Criminal Defense Attorney Jonathan Rooker understands the needs of each client are quite unique to each individual client. Some clients are looking to keep their drivers license, others are looking to avoid long periods of incarceration. Many times pride and principles are cited for the client's motivation to achieve a particular resolution to their case. Many clients just want to put their life, family, and career back together. It is the responsibility of the defense attorney to coordinate and effective defense for the benefit of the client. It is essential that I provide the best defense for the individual person and their specifically tailored needs in life. I will help you by building the best defense that the facts allow. One important aspect of hiring a private attorney is the time they spend listening to your needs, and working to obtain an effective resolution under the circumstances. When these problems arise, it's time to reach out for a helping hand. I handle criminal defense cases on a daily basis, helping people with their issues. Let me help you.