Education | Fresno Criminal Defense & DUI Attorney

Fresno Area Criminal Defense and DUI attorney Jonathan Rooker strongly believes education is the key to successfully defending clients against the charges and accusations of the government

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Impaired (DWI) involve more scientific knowledge than probably any other crimes that are commonly alleged.  Many attorneys have stated, "If you can defend a DUI, you can defend a Homicide."  There is a lot of truth to that statement.

Education allows a defense attorney to understand what they are defending, and how to do it.  Applying facts to the law, and arguing for the right, the just outcome is a defense attorneys job.  There are different types of education, like the law.  Attorneys learn a lot about the law in law school.  Then there is fact specific education.  DUI's require both fact specific and legal education.

Jonathan Rooker recently completed another semester of his coursework for a Masters Degree in Forensic Toxicology.  The two classes are Bio-transformation and Forensic Toxicology II.  Bio-transformation is how a substance changes or is metabolized within the body.  There are multiple phases of bio-transformation that occur.  This is a significant factor in helping a person form an educated opinion of a person's Blood Alcohol Content at the time they were actually driving a vehicle.

Forensic Toxicology II is likewise geared toward looking at the information we have, and forming an opinion, and educated opinion based on scientifically relevant and valid research results to form an educated opinion on what certain laboratory results indicate.

These classes help Jonathan Rooker argue for scientific based defenses to accusations.  They help Jonathan in DUI, DUI Drug, Drug, even Homicide cases.

Jonathan looks forward to starting his next class on May 17, 2014.  Taking the summer session allows Jonathan to continue to gain relevant knowledge, not common in the field, to give him the edge when defending DUI cases.

There are a lot of attorneys who "Do DUI's" but it is rare when an attorney commits such a vast amount of time and expense to garnering the education to "Do DUI's Right" as one attorney would say.

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.