City of Selma DUI / Traffic Enforcement

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Selma has implemented a plan and procedure to deal with traffic offenses and DUI / Drunk Driving.  One of the strategies  that has been implemented is focusing on Red Light runners and aggressive drivers.  This policy has been very effective, and reduced traffic accidents from running traffic lights by approximately 75%.  

(To see the Selma Traffic Page click the following link) City of Selma Police Department Traffic Services Page

Another practice strategy is using a "hot sheet" to look for drivers with suspended Drivers Licenses or repeat DUI offenders.  Safety is very important, and the City of Selma utilizes their resources, man hours, grants, and equipment to help maintain safety.  However, there is another side to the equation.  The rights of a citizen to be free from unlawful detention, searches, and seizures of their person and/or property.  Using the "hot sheet" to look for certain individuals based upon their prior arrests or convictions may violate their rights.  Selma is a small community, where a person may be recognized by the car their driving, their individual looks, or the officer may know they use their spouses, friends, or parents vehicle, and then perform a stop.  If the so called, "Hot Sheet" is used, a person may be stopped, in reality, not for any violation, but instead because the officer recognized the car, decided to stop it, then came up with a reason.

What happens when the stop is made in reality because the officer believed it was a person on the "Hot Sheet" and then cited another reason?  What if they are wrong and they stop a person who wasn't on the "Hot Sheet" because they used another person's car, or their car resemble the one belonging to a person on the "Hot Sheet"?  The Constitutional infringements can become very severe, intrusive, and illegal.  

Freedoms and Liberty are the foundation of this country.  The Constitution is the "Supreme Law of The Land" and commonly gets trampled upon by well meaning, but overzealous law enforcement officers, policies, and department regulations.  

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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.

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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.