Fresno Attorney Attends National Forensic College l Forensic Analysis of DUI's and Defense

Forensic Analysis and DUI Defense l Fresno Attorney Utilizes Forensic Science to Defend Clients

The 2017 National Forensic Science College in New York

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Fresno Attorney who has worked as an expert witness in Toxicology and Forensic Science recently attended the National Forensic College at New York University's Cardozo School of Law.  The intensive seminar involved many of the best experts in the world that specialize in their areas of forensic analysis of criminal cases.  Many subjects, such as fingerprint evidence, which are widely accepted by the public as being inherently accurate, are actually riddled with flaws and uncertainty.  In one study involving fingerprint match experts, they were give two fingerprints, and asked to find if the prints matched.  The false negatives were not reported, meaning when the experts failed to match two matching fingerprints, no error was assignment.  The only stats given where false positives, when the expert declared the fingerprint a match, when it was not.  False positives occurred 1 out of every 18 times in one study that was reported.  How often does it occur in practice?

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Fresno Attorney Uses Forensic Science as a Tool for Criminal and DUI Defense

I'm sure the usefulness of this info is apparent for many types of criminal defense cases, where fingerprints are used to match a person to a weapon, entry to building or residence, or possession of discarded property.  However, this can also be used to help determine if our client was actually in control of a vehicle when an accident, such as a DUI homicide where parties were thrown about or clear of a vehicle during the incident.  The fingerprints on the steering wheel could link another person to having control of the vehicle.  Forensic Science is an unique tool, previous used mostly by prosecutors to gain convictions.  However, as the government witnesses have moved into private practice, they have, in certain situations, become defense witnesses.  With their experience and expertise, they have specialized in debunking many of the beliefs about the science and bringing out the limitations.  Further, science has evolved, and so has criminal defense.  We now utilize forensic science, and its limitations to help clients defend themselves against charges, essentially, "prove themselves innocent" would apply to anyone who has ever been accused of a crime.

Facial recognition skills is another aspect of "eye witness" testimony.  There are several factors that influence a person's ability to recognize a face.  Cross racial, or even cross ethnic facial recognition is also a limiting factor in facial recognition accuracy.  Many studies have proven that people are not very good at recognizing faces, and lineup are not scientifically reliable.  Present Barry Scheck, who was instrumental in the O.J. Simpson murder trial defense team for his forensic science knowledge was a major part of the program, and living legend among attorneys for the expertise he provides, including the innocence project which has risen to national wide fame for helping exonerate wrongly convicted individuals through the use of DNA and Forensic Science.  The program was in conjunction with the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys as well.

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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.