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Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney Jonathan Eaton Rooker
Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney Jonathan Eaton Rooker

DUI Homicide:  Client was accused of Murder based upon the Watson Murder Advisement in prior DUI convictions.  Jonathan was part of a Defense Team that defended the client to verdict.

Criminal Defense case results: PC 314: Not guilty verdict at trial.  Winning a jury trial in Fresno County on a sex offense can help give the client his pre-accusation life back.  Criminal charges are very taxing on an individual, and can have serious detrimental Consequences.

Criminal Allegation:  Charged with Vandalism PC 594:  Charges dismissed!  Another happy client was allowed to  resume his life absent the burden of a criminal allegation or criminal record.

Domestic Violence 2nd chair in a criminal court in the Fresno, Not guilty at trial.

4th Offense DUI Serving no actual custody Time

3rd Offense DUI    Served No actual jail Time.

2nd Offense DUI - Served No actual Jail Time

1st Offense DUI - Served No actual Jail Time

Domestic Violence: No actual time in Jail.

Domestic Violence:  Dismissal

Homicide:  Arrested for homicide and violation of probation, no charges filed.  Released.

Felony Domestic Violence:  Will be reduced to misdemeanor following completion of Batter's Treatment Program.  Client not sentenced to any further time in custody.

Trespassing:  Dismissed December 2014- A criminal accusation was holding a client up from starting a new profession.  The prosecution had offered a diversion program which would likely result in the case being dismissed several months later if the client attended a program or class, and stayed out of trouble in the time in between.  However, the client would have to enter a plea of guilty, then hope everything worked out to obtain the relief, which would be months later.  Jonathan was able to reason with the prosecution, and gain a dismissal on behalf of his client at Pre-Trial.  This isn't a strategy of "get tough" or be "aggressive" in your defense, this is a case where Jonathan's ability to reason with the prosecution, explain his clients case, and come to agreement, peacefully, based on his credibility and honesty which he has built over a long period of time, to benefit his client.  Aggressive, tough, or adversarial defenses can be the best defense in a limited amount of cases, however, there are many cases where having the education, ability, and legal knowledge combine with proper, friendly communication with the people who work as Deputy District Attorney's to help them see what we see in our clients, and obtain a better result than would be expected by and adversarial and antagonistic approach.

Battery:  Dismissed: Co-Defendants where accused of breaking a facial bone on a victim during a fight with domestic roots. Jonathan worked with his clients, their family, and even at some point provided information that showed the parties had resolved their differences.  The District Attorney was eventually pleased with the outcome, and Jonathan was able to convince them to dismiss the case.  Jonathan had aggressively prepared for the case, understood the law and facts, and was prepared to try the case if need be, but a friendly approach combined with a reasonable prosecutor who was willing to see Jonathan's reasoning combined with mutual professional respect and a dismissal.  It is always better to achieve a dismissal prior to trial, than try a case, as it keeps my clients from being exposed the jeopardy of a trial, which can always depend on the view of the people in the jury.   December 2014

4th Offense DUI:  Served 4 actual days in custody.  Client actually had more than 4 prior DUI's, but some had fallen outside the 10 year statutory window.  Jonathan was able to negotiate a plea, and circumstance that eventually resulted in the client spending 4 actual days in custody at the Fresno County Jail, along with other terms and conditions.  December 2014

Petty Theft:  Jonathan was able to provide the District Attorney with information, gained on Jonathan advice, and provided by the client that resulted in the client's petty theft case being dismissed at arraignment.  The client listed to Jonathan's advice, self enrolled in a class, completed community service, and provided Jonathan with the proof needed to convince the District Attorney that the client was remorseful and would not commit crimes in the future.  The district attorney was convinced, and upon request dismissed the case.  While petty theft is not a major crime, it is a crime of moral turpitude, which for a college student who is preparing to enter a highly competitive field such as this client, it was a life altering accusation, and Jonathan was able to help him keep his future looking bright with a dismissal at arraignment.  December 2014

Madera County (Bass Lake Court)  Felony vandalism charge DISMISSED.  Jonathan came into the case right before preliminary hearing.  A court appearance later, the case was dismissed.  The client was exceptional in his willingness to take the necessary steps to help himself, which helped Jonathan, help him.  Sometimes a client's desire, willingness, and intelligence combined with being a good person as demonstrated over a lifetime ban benefit them when accused of a crime they didn't commit after an unfortunate misunderstanding.  This was the case.  Helping good people through bad times is what I do, and in this circumstance, it had a happy ending for all involved.

Madera County:  DUI hung jury.  Blood test with gas chromatography, multiple prescription drugs, and a Vehicle Code violation.  Jonathan was able to hang the jury with a vast majority voting Not Guilty.  

Was found to be a qualified expert by the trial court, and testified for the defense as an expert witness regarding a blood DUI case, which helped earn an acquittal for the client.

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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.

    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.