Information on Assault & Battery

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Assault and Battery:

Practicing Criminal Defense Law in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings County Jonathan frequently handles cases involving Assaults and/or Battery's. Criminal Assault and Criminal Battery are two separate and distinct crimes, that can be prosecuted.  Every assault, does not end with a battery.  An assault can be as simple as an attempted battery.  An example would be throwing a baseball at a person, but missing.  If the baseball hits the person, it becomes a battery.

There are many types of assaults and battery's, that vary greatly depending on the circumstances, injuries, method of inflicting, and even the age of the individual being assaulted or battered.  For more specific assaults and battery's, please view the sub-pages with detailed explanations and Penal Code headings.

There are many repercussions of a conviction.  Family and friends finding out can be embarrassing.  In the age of digital background checks current and future employers can easily learn of the conviction, arrest, citation, and/or charges. With the easy access online of public records, it can even negatively effect you chances in future relationships, with an unfavorable conviction it could scare off potential romantic partners, even though they don't have all the facts.  For sound advice on how to proceed with an accusation of Assault and/or Battery, call Fresno Criminal Defense attorney Jonathan Rooker for a free consultation on you case:

Criminal Defense and Domestic Violence Attorney Jonathan Rooker hears several questions regarding Assault, Battery, and Domestic Violence charges and accusation on a regular basis.  He is highly qualified Assault, Battery, and Domestic Violence Criminal Defense Attorney who can evaluate your case, and allow your to make informed decisions on how to move forward defending yourself against accusations, criminal charges, and pending allegations.

  1. How will an Assault and/or Battery charge affect my right to own firearms?
  2. What if I want to keep hunting after I've been accused of Assault and/or Battery?
  3. Is there a difference between a Domestic Violence conviction and a simple assault or simple battery conviction?
  4. I'm accused of beating my ex-girlfriend, is this domestic violence even if we don't date, live together anymore?
  5. I'me accused of hitting my the baby's mother or baby's father, is this still a domestic violence charge?
  6. My wife (or other victim) wants to drop the charges, will the District Attorney still prosecute me?
  7. The DA charged me with beating causing injury to my spouse, will I go to jail?

See PC 245 Assault with a Deadly Weapon

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


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.