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Do Officers Target DUI Drivers for Traffic Violations Following a DUI Conviction?

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A DUI Arrest can change a person's life.  It also may cause you to change your driving habits. Fresno areas DUI's are different in sense that there is often a necessity to drive in both city and rural areas in close proximity of each other.  Further, the Central Valley is comprised of several large and many small law enforcement agencies.  DUI is one aspect of Criminal Defense that is different than many others, as the suspected DUI driver is usually a good person.

  There are several well-known problems with a DUI conviction.  Insurance rates, fines, fees, suspensions, DUI Classes, and jail time being among the most common.

Following a DUI conviction, some DUI clients have had issues in family court, custody battles, and various other issues in the court system.  Some have adverse effects in their professional life as well.  A suspended license may cost a commercial driver, fireman, officer, or plumber his employment.  Professional licensing issues can also cause major problems in a person's life

It is also believed by many people who have been cited for DUI that the officers look closer at their driving once they find out the owner of the vehicle has a DUI conviction or citation.  It may be a proverbial “red flag” issue, such as they believe there is stronger likelihood a person with a DUI conviction will again be driving while under the influence, and they want to check.  It may also be that drivers who long got away with driving patterns and habits that were less than perfect find themselves under the police microscope for any variation from the ideal driving pattern. 


Driving while under the influence is a risk taking behavior.  People who live on the edge or make decisions to take risks in life.  Climbing behind the wheel, speeding, using a cell phone while driving, and other behavior patterns can all be closely associated.  Many of these can lead to you being stopped by a police officer.

There are certain characteristics that you should analyze to see if you are at risk for being stopped, and make appropriate adjustments to ensure your safety, the safety of others, an you driving record.

Driving at an unsafe distance from other vehicles, often referred to as “tailgating” is a one of these behaviors.  Simply take notice of your distance from the vehicles in front of you, it may surprise you.  Then, take corrective action.

Cell phones use another common risk that people continue to regularly engage in.  This can be texting, emailing, surfing the net, playing games, checking Facebook, or any of numerous other cell phone, or smart phone related activities can cause horrible consequences.

Blinkers, one of the simplest forms of announcing your intentions to fellow drivers is another activities that can reduce your likelihood of an accident.  It is also one of the most common reasons to stop a vehicle.  This category can be expanded to include all the lights on the vehicle.  A “Third brake light” violation, inoperable “License Plate Illuminator Light” is one of the most common reasons in rural areas to stop a vehicle.  So checking, maintaining, and using all available lighting on your vehicle is very important.

The obvious ones include driving while impaired, but please keep in mind this is more than drugs and alcohol, this is any substance, including prescriptions (Rx) substances that have the potential to impair.  Stretched to the extreme, even a large quantity of water can cause a “water drunk” behavior, and lead to a DUI.

Some law enforcement agencies will know when a person has been arrested, or the other officers in the small agencies will be aware of an arrest, which could cause the other officers to look more closely at the driving patterns of the suspect driver.  Don't give them any reason to suspect you are in violation of the law.

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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.