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Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney Jonathan Rooker has some advice on How to Choose the Best Attorney for You!


First, you must meet with the attorney, and see if the attorney's personality is the type you can interact with.  View your attorney as your hired gun, and the Attorney's job is to work for you.  You are employing the Attorney to do a job.  However, keep in mind that a gun needs bullets.  You must have a flow of information about your case, from you, your witnesses, and the background involved to your attorney.  The conversation must include a  transfer of relevant information about your case, from you, to your attorney.


Don't hire an attorney for a criminal defense action that refuses to listen to what happened.   Each Criminal Defense case is fact specific.  Don't hire an attorney who won't let you speak, or refuses to listen.


Ask the attorney what a reasonable expectation may be.  Also ask a worst case scenario. Ask what factors may play into a resolution.


Don't accept a promise.  No attorney can, or should promise a result, especially at an initial meeting.  It is impossible to know what a prosecutor will ask for, or offer, without talking with the prosecutor.  It is also impossible to know what a judge will think of a case before they have thought about it and relayed the their thoughts to the attorney.  Don't pay for a promise.


Ask how much specific education an attorney has for the type of offense. For example, some cases are science specific like DUI's and Homicides.  Other cases such as drug cases may hinge on proper mass spectrometry or chromatography.  Few lawyers have completed any course on a complicated science such as spectrometry and chromatography.  Others have serious scientific backgrounds that can assist in science drug, homicide, and DUI cases.  Ask about the educational background of the attorney rather than just the attorney's experience in law.


Don't put too much stock in the number of years of practice.  Many lawyers have decades in practice, but very little recent trial experience.  Trying several cases in the last few years is usually enough to remain comfortable in the court room and prepared.  Just having 20 years experience taking and resolving cases isn't as valuable as recent experience or education.

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.