Information about Criminal Defense Attorney Fees and costs

Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney & DUI Lawyer discusses Fees and Costs and the difference between them along with why a cost deposit is important to a criminal defense case.

How much will an attorney cost and why?

These are normal and important questions that almost every client and attorney has to and should discuss prior to entering into a contractual agreement for representation.

The agriculture based economy of the Fresno County and the sorrounding communities isn't what it once was.  Many items and services are greatly reduced in price from what they once were.  That said, Criminal Defense fees are based upon the needs of the individual accused of a crime, and the hours that may be needed to provide for their crmianl defense needs.  The higher end criminal defense firms will usually cost more, but are still surprisingly affordable.  We have method of providing services to our clients and remaining affordable.  We separate the Attorney Fees from the Case Costs.  Many times a low level felony may cost, for an example $8,500 and the costs deposit at estimated at the time of the retainer agreement  may be $1,500.  This goes toward investigation, paralegal time, and expenses such as mileage and is refundable if it is not used.  This provides our firm with the necessary resources to be used to mount a top quality defense to the charges against our client.

Many firms do not charge a cost deposit up front.  This means that they will either have to take the costs out of their fees, which many cause an internal conflict as t whether to actually hire an investigator or spend the necessary resources to obtain the best defense, or they will have to call back and ask for more money that may not have been contemplated at the time of the agreement.  Many people do not have the extra money waiting for the necessary expenses, often time set back by bail, missed work, and attorney fees, their defense may suffer.

 We take pride in our reputation and quality of work, and feel it is important to secure the resources necessary to mount a quality defense to the accusations at the outset, rather than hope they become available during the course of time.  That is only one of the benefits to working with a quality, established defense firm.

Madera DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney:

Will it cost more to handle my case in Madera County? 

No, Jonathan routinely handles cases in Madera County, and it is a short drive to Madera from the office.  Due to the number of cases, the ability to set court dates on the same day, and an efficient calendaring system for cases, Jonathan can easily defend criminal allegation in Madera as well.

Will Jonathan help with my case in Tulare County (Visalia Court)?

Yes, Jonathan brings his expertise and criminal defense skills with him in multiple counties.  The Central Valley has several courts within a short drive of Jonathan's office, so he can easily and efficiently handle cases in Tulare County.

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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.

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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.