DUI DEFENSE |Fresno County, Kings County, Fresno, DUI Defense and Criminal Defense

Picking a DUI attorney can be a complicated process.  Many people look for the bet known name, the high profile attorney, a criminal law specialist or DUI Specialist.  Others use the services of a much over worked public defender to help them with the process.  I feel it is important enough to have specialized knowledge of the science behind the various factors involved in a DUI.

That is why I received specialized training in the three standardized Field Sobriety Tests at a course in Los Angeles.  I felt that if I hold myself out as being skilled, educated, and knowledgeable in the defense of DUI allegations, I had better have at least the same level of education on the subject as the officer AND the expert witness used by the prosecution.  After all, how can know what they did right or wrong if I don't know myself.  I would advise looking beyond any advertisement that uses catchy phrases such as "DUI Specialist" UNLESS they have the certification to back up that knowledge.  Ask who certified them as a specialist?  The National College of DUI Defense offers an excellent testing procedure to become a specialist, did that attorney complete it?

Breath Testing:  This is another complicated field, I have specialized education to assist me in cross examining the officer and the expert on.  The Absorption, Distribution, metabolism (or Biotransformation) and elimination of alcohol is important.  This process can have large effects on the breath alcohol devices read out, and the use of a breath machine to estimate a persons blood alcohol content.  To properly cross examine a person must have the education.  I have completed extensive educational goals with the specialized intent of apply this education in the defense of people accused of DUI or providing expert opinion as to what a person's blood alcohol content was at the time they were driving a motor vehicle.

Blood Testing:  Many attorneys who specialize in DUI Defense have taken steps to understand the process involved in blood testing.  However, most attorneys, even criminal defense attorneys, and criminal defense attorneys who primarily earn a living by defending DUI cases have failed to complete a course on gas chromatography.  I have taken an in-laboratory course at Axion Laboratories in Chicago that is tailored to teaching Attorneys the science of Gas chromatogrpahy.  I'm working near completion of a Masters in Forensic Toxicology, and attending Axion laboratories course on Solid Drug analysis and Mass Spectrometry in November of 2014.

I can truly say I have and continue to gain the specialized education needed to defend DUI cases with a highly educated background that allows me to explore defenses that may assist with the defense of your case.

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.