Fresno Boating Under the Influence (BUI) Attorney

I got a DUI in my boat, what do I do?

It is important to contact an attorney that has experience helping people with specifically this type of problem.  A BUI or Boating under the influence is a specific type of offense codified under the Harbor and Navigation H&N Code rather than the Vehicle Code (VC) that punishes a DUI.  

Is a DUI in a boat, or BUI the same as a DUI in a Vehicle?

No, they are similar, but also have very specific difference as it applies to your DMV record, Drivers License, Insurance, and the defenses.  

How do the Field Sobriety Tests apply to a BUI?

They may apply differently.  Did you perform the tests in the sand on a beach, dry level parking lot, or on a boat that is rocking?  Also, the FST manual talks about specific pre-detention detection that may vary on a boat.  For instance, weaving is unlikely in a boat, along with crossing yellow lines.  However, boating at a high rate of speed in a buoyed off no wake zone may provide probable cause for a stop.  Another factor that may come into play is whether your equilibrium was altered because you were on a boat, rocking in the waves for several hours.  It can take time to adjust to being on land again.  The one-leg stand on a boat is markedly more difficult to perform, and may be rendered inapplicable to the prosecutions case for being impaired.

If you need help defending against a BUI, call Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney Jonathan Rooker for one of the nationals top DUI / BUI defense attorneys.

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Boating Under the Influence: (BUI) Personal Experience:  I have been involved in a boat and jet ski collision where alcohol was involved.  One person lost their life.  Countless other lives were altered.  I was not the operator of either vessel, but tell you that several of the survivors and their families had their lives dramatically altered.  I watched on as a life long friend was prosecuted, testified at his trial, and sat with his father while the jury was deliberating. Please, be safe on the water.  Water is an unnatural environment for humans, and even what would be a relatively minor bump on the head in an auto accident can turn into a fatal accident on the water.  

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.