Fresno DUI Facts and Information

Fresno County produces an information sheet on DUI's and vertical prosecution.

 I have included a link to the page at the bottom of this blog:

*  Some areas that are covered on the fact sheet are that the Fresno County DA's office received grants from The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration and the California Office of Traffic Safety to fund their DUI prosecutions.

*  They also provide the following tips:

*  They state to never driver a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any other substance.

*  Make a decision to operate you vehicle in a responsible manner

*  Use a designated driver, and they define a designated driver as one who is not drinking.  I would add other substances to the list of desired qualifications to be a designated driver, and avoid DUI related problems such as accidents, injuries, and arrest.

*  Exercise responsibility in your drinking or consumption of a alcohol.

*  Following the law by wearing a safety belt when in a vehicle, which helps to decrease the severity of injuries and death in case of an accident.

*  Be an alert driver, aware of your surroundings and report people who are driving under the influence.  (I'll assume they don't want you to text the information and prefer your use a wireless hands free device when reporting them to the authorities).

*  Take a cab, use public transportation or call another person to drive you from any location you are leaving to your desired location.

*  Finally, they urge the community to support strengthening of DUI laws and prosecution

 Sobering Facts: According to the CHP Website

  • Half of all Americans will be involved in an alcohol-involved traffic accidentin his/her lifetime.
  • Nearly 23,000 people are killed every year in alcohol-related taffic collisions.
  • A life is lost every 22 minutes in an alcohol-related taffic incidents in America.
  • The California average alcohol-related fatality costs $3.8 million, including $1 million in monetary costs and $2.8 million in quality of life losses.
  • A 12 oz. can of beer, a 5 oz. glass of wine, and a 1.5 oz. shot of liquor all have about the same amount of alcohol.
  • An individual's critical driving skills can become impaired at blood alcohol levels well below the legal limit.

CHP DUI Links

Fresno County DUI Information and Facts

Fresno DUI Attorney | Madera DUI Attorney If you've been cited, you need to know what to do next. Help your attorney help you, contact me as soon as possible

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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.