Fresno Domestic Violence Defense Attorney

 Stalking, Domestic Violence, and Murder

Many times the most serious violent crimes are precluded by less serious crimes, abnormal behavior, or general erratic behavior.  Fresno, like most cities has seen its share of these incidents.  One incident that stands our as displaying the classic traits of an escalating level of seriousness of criminal behavior was a double murder committed in the Fresno area.

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Domestic Violence Court: The Hidden Costs of a DV Charge

This perpetrator was, like many, known to the victims, in fact it was one of the victims' ex-boyfriend.  It appears the crimes started with an abusive relationship, when the victim left the relationship, the behavior escalated.  Many times this behavior is control based, with the abuser exerting control over the victim.

The family didn't believe it would come to this.  Many times he would bang on the windows or doors, but then leave when told to go away. The abuser had a history of violence toward women dating back almost a quarter of a century.

Finally, the ex-boyfriend reached the ultimate level of violence, he killed his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

The victim's family hopes to raise awareness of domestic violence (DV) and the potential violence that can occur.

There is also another aspect of this type of crime that should be brought up as well.  Very few of these situations escalate to this level.  In fact, it is only the rarest occasions that homicide takes place.  However, with the courts “erroring on the side of caution” many un-deserving relationships that have a few bumps or a one-time low level incident are torn apart by the courts issuing restraining orders, keeping families apart, or otherwise destroying relationships, due to the fear of exactly this type of incident.

Domestic Violence defendants many times remind me of DUI clients.  They occur across social, economic, and racial populations, many times it's a misunderstanding where police take a report during the heat of an argument where hurt feelings and emotions dictate what is said, then courts many times treat it as if it must be true.

If you need to be defended against allegations of Domestic Violence (DV) and you're afraid of having your family and/or relationship torn apart by the judicial system.  Restraining orders can keep the restrained person (defendant) from contacting the alleged victim, going near their work or home.  Simple chores that were shared such as picking up the children from school, dropping them off at after school activities, or watching them perform sporting activities can be greatly interfered with.  Imagine being unable to watch your children play sports because you are restrained from being near your spouse of 20 years, who will be present at the game?

However, and experienced Fresno Criminal Defense attorney can help you with your Domestic Violence allegations, defend you against accusations, and help your convey your side of the story to the courts in a rational means.

Fresno Criminal Defense & DUI Defense Talks about Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Murder

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.