Fresno Defense Attorney Attended The National Forensic Science College | Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney | Fresno DUI Defense Attorney


Fresno Criminal Defense & DUI Attorney Jonathan Rooker recently attended the 2016 National Forensic Science College at the Cardozo School of Law in New York.  Barry Scheck, of the OJ Simpson Dream Team, who was the resident DNA and Forensic Science guru of the Dream Team and the "Innocence Project" which has freed many innocent people from false conviction.  Mr. Scheck spearheads a National Forensic Science College, and is a leading advocate of using science to defend those accused of crimes which they did not commit.

Fresno Attorney Uses Science to Defend the accused
Forensic Science and using science to improve Criminal Defense

While the college is designed to assist mainly with indigent defense, Mr. Rooker has a strong scientific background in forensic science, has taught about science multiple times, including at the Tulare County Public Defenders Office, Fresno County Public Defenders, and assisted many attorneys with individual cases, along with testifying at the DMV, Tulare County Superior Court, and Madera County Superior Court as an expert witness.

For the above reasons, Jonathan Rooker was one of only 20 PRIVATE ATTORNEYS whose application was approved to attend this seminar.  It was a true honor.

I commonly use my Forensic Science education to assist in cases.  It can help with accident reconstruction, crime scene reconstruction, Toxicology in cases such as homicide, DUI, or poisonings.  

There are many aspects of forensic that are important, and the Criminal Defense world was truly opened to the concept following the OJ Simpson trial.  Since that landmark victory where Mr. Scheck and the Dream Team held the State's experts and laboratories to the task of proving their methods work, they followed the methods, and there was no contamination in the sample.  Since that time many labs have been closed down, experts have been caught fabricating evidence, and crucial errors in methods and procedures are being discovered daily.

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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.

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.