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Jonathan Believes Science is the key to helping innocent clients in the courtroom.

I was caught with drugs, what is my punishment going to be?-  This is a common question, with many possible answers.  Many first time drug offenders choose to protect their record, and their future, by participating in a PC 1000 drug diversion program that results in a dismissal upon successful completion.  Others may be eligible for non-violent drug diversion, commonly referred to as Prop 36.  This is an intensive course of treatment, that includes AA/NA meetings, drug testings, supervision by probation, and routine court appearances.  Both of these option are many times more rigorous than the sentence, but provide the accused with an opportunity to improve their situation, and their future.

Possession of, and use of Methamphetamine has skyrocketed in the Central Valley.  Many of the clandestine laboratories are found right here in the rural areas of Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare County.  Sales, transportation, and manufacture of methamphetamine are serious crimes.  They may be prosecuted in State and/or Federal Court.  If you need representation for a drug offense, Contact Jonathan Rooker for help.

Driving on a suspended license is more serious than it sounds.  There are also different categories of driving on a suspended license.  14601.1 can be either a misdemeanor or and infraction.  It is a 2 pt violation for your driving record.  Probation can last for years, and fines can exceed a $1,000.

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VC14601.2 is even more serious than a VC 14601.5 violation. 

How bad is the punishment for DUI in Fresno County? Fresno County has a standard sentence for a low blood alcohol concentration first offense DUI's.  The fines, fees, and court costs are nearly $2,000 and 10 days of County Jail are standard for a low blood alcohol concentration of less than .14 on the first offense.  Three (3) years probation is a near certainty upon conviction.  However, the Judges tend to allow a person to serve their 10 days of jail on the Adult Offender Work Program.  Fines may be reduced upon completion of the Decisions for Life Class (formerly scared stiff) by approximately 50%, but that may vary as well.  a 13-week DUI class is the standard for a DUI with a BAC below .15, if the BAC is .20 or above, the DMV will order and 18-month DUI class.  Jail time is likely increased at  BAC of .15, .20, and incrementally thereafter.

The Maximum sentence first offense Misdemeanor DUI is 6 months in County Jail.

When defending DUI Charges otherwise known as VC 23152(b) , it is important to know what to look for.  One of the first tools used is the standardized Field Sobriety Tests.  The officers use the results to try an show impairment in DUI cases.  Jonathan is one of a select few who have been trained to conduct and score SFST's.  SFST's are so important that Jonathan went back to a separate instructors course, to teach others how to perform the SFST's on subjects in DUI investigations.  This allows Jonathan to cross examine officers on their instruction and scoring of the tests.  Fresno is notoriously strict on DUI's, which leads to false accusations.  Citations do not necessarily end in convictions, many are reduced to wet and reckless, reckless driving or other vehicle code violations, dismissed, or even beat at trial.  If you need your case evaluated, Jonathan's superior knowledge of Forensic Toxcilogy, DUI's and SFST's can be essential in helping you reach the right outcome in your case.

Criminal Defense has many areas of law within it. Jonathan routinely assists clients with Domestic Violence.  There are many sub-areas that are included, Marcy's law, gun rights, restraining order, stay away orders, peaceful contact orders, etc...

Fresno is one of the leaders in the state for violent crime.  The most serious of which is Homicide.

PC 187 Murder Toxcilogy is a large part of many homicide cases, having an attorney with the proper forensic background to know what to look for is important to providing a quality defense.

Domestic Violence InformationDomestic Violence InformationDomestic Violence Information:  Forensics can help with more than DUI's crimes. Recreating events, toxicology results, and what occured is all encompassed in the forensic science aspect of criminal defense.

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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.