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As a DUI Defense Attorney I help people that have come under suspicion of driving while under the influence or impaired by alcohol or other drugs.  Many times the media reports about an alleged crime before the facts have come out.  In law school we studied the evolution of the laws that govern our society.  One particular theme was present from the founding of our nation and continues to be present today.  "Tough cases make for bad laws."  The meaning is when the outcome desired and the facts present conflict with our emotions, goals, or desires, the law has taken a bad turn to accommodate those goals.  A perceived injustice creates a real injustice in our legal system.

In the case at hand, just or unjust, a person was convicted.  Many people will look at the article, and say "good" because the person deserved to be punished for killing a mother and daughter while intoxicated.  However, but we jump to the conclusion that the individual was intoxicated.  A security guard in the complex saw him stumbling.  That is pretty common after an accident so violent that two people died.  It does not mean the person was or was not impaired.  Secondly, the defendant was hiding in an apartment.  This leads us to the conclusion he was guilty of being a drunk driver that caused an accident that killed two people.  

Having plead guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter, the point is now moot. 

However, if you have been cited for DUI, you may understand the feeling.  The point being, that the mere accusation of DUI can lead a jury to prejudice against you in the court of law.  As a DUI Defense Attorney I understand the prejudice and bias that occur in a DUI case.  I have spent an extensive amount of time learning how to select jurors who can be fair, rather than dispense with justice in a matter that makes them feel like they got the right result.

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When a person is accused in a court of law of driving under the influence, a jury will try to get to the result they think is just, a conviction.  This can occur despite the Judge's warnings, instructions, and jury instruction that are contrary.  One problem is social conditioning of DUI as a political crime.  Billboards on the freeway say, "Buzzed driving is drunk driving" despite this statement having no root in law.  Political organizations such as "MADD" or Mothers Against Drunk Driving have a large voice in politics, one that many politicians listen to in order to be endorsed for future elections.  Many times the same politicians that allows bars to have parking lots for automobiles right outside their doors.

If you have been accused of a DUI in Fresno - Madera Counties, call DUI Defense Lawyer Jonathan Rooker for help today.

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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.

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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.