Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney |Analyst for the recent police shooting

Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney and ACS-CHAL Lawyer Scientist Jonathan Rooker speaks on local news and talk show regarding the recent shooting of a young man by Fresno Police Department

  Jonathan Rooker was asked to speak on CH-24 News regarding the recent Fresno Police Department shooting of young Dylan Noble following a traffic stop.  While the police body cam appears to justify the first two of the four shots fired, there is still widespread debate as to the justification of the third shot.  However, the fourth shot, a shotgun blast to the severely injured, prone, and possibly dying young man is drawing the ire of a portion of the community and nation.

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Fresno ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist speaks on recent police shooting

   This shooting, and the reaction is part of a larger issue around the nation.  People are growing tired of unjustified police shootings.  I'm not sure this shooting is the best example of an unjustified police shooting, but growing public outrage over police shooting unarmed members of the community is gaining momentum.  

    There has become a line between police and civilians, rather than cooperation.  Good citizens in middle class families are no longer 100% comfortable calling the police for help when they have been victims of a crime, out of fear that the officer will be aggressive verbally toward them or angry that they have to take a report.  Worse yet, many times citizens feel the officer blames them for being the victim or calling in a petty property crime when there is "real police work" to be done.

    Recent attacks on police have caused an increased level of apprehensiveness among officers, that will spill over onto the public they serve.  The divide is growing, and will get worse if it isn't repaired.  I distinctly remember an officer speaking to my first grade class, saying he only had to draw his weapon twice during his career.  Now, despite an advanced level of technology and alternative options, firearms are drawn during routine traffic infractions on a regular basis.  Even in the body cam video with the Dylan Noble incident, the officer had his firearm drawn long before the Mr. Noble stopped his vehicle, much less acted erratically.  

    Identifying the problem is only the first step, but how do we fix the problems?  The first is a community based approach.  The first step is taking the easy step.  Police should take the time to get to know the community and learn how to speak to people.  Small communities are the easiest.  In small towns and cities around, or small communities, get to know the people, tear down the blue wall, and be a part of the community you serve.  Visit local businesses, say hello to the owners, and let them know that you are there for them.  Let them know it is ok to call, and you will help.  Don't write every violation you can, give verbal warnings, or help.  Don't blame the victim for not having a lock on their gate to their backyard when someone breaks in through the back yard and into their garage, but offer friendly advice on how to avoid future problems. Feel free to give a verbal warning on a minor infraction, the citizen will appreciate that you gave them a break, and hopefully respond.  However, when minor seat belt tickets are handed out with an attitude and rude lecture, yet we read police departments claiming to be undermanned, lacking time to respond to calls, and unable to meet the demands of serious crime, it doesn't appear credible when they take the time to write a safety belt ticket every chance they get. Open communication, friendly, approachable, and helpful officers will help make society safer for all of us.

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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.