Fresno DUI Driver sentenced

Fresno DUI and Hit & Run driver sentenced to 15 years in prison for Fatal DUI Accident.  The sentence was handed down by Fresno Superior Court Judge Jonathan Skiles who even made reference to nice people can do bad acts.  The high blood alcohol content of .28, and running after the accident seemed to factor heavily into the sentence.  The prosecutor brought to the judges attention that he defendant did not have a drivers license, was over 3 times the legal limit, and entered a plea of guilty to two counts of gross vehicle manslaughter while intoxicated and resisting arrest.  However, even in the most tragic of cases, there are mitigating factors.  The defendant had no criminal record, a family, and took responsibility at an early stage of the proceedings, all mitigating factors for sentencing purposes.  

This also goes to show that having a qualified attorney who can point the strengths of your case, and/or situation and help you in even the worst of situations.  While, the sentence of 15 years is a long time, it could have been much longer.  No criminal record, a family, and an apology were all heard and acknowledged by the court and wighed in favor of the defendant. 

Being familiar with the Fresno court system and the factors that the courts weigh when sentencing a DUI or DUI Manslaughter offender is important, and hiring the right DUI Lawyer for your needs is also important.  There are many cases that are unwinnable, or the defense is unlikely to prevail at trial.  For those cases, working up strong sentencing is very important.  I have heard a Fresno Superior Court Judge compliment a local attorney for being one of the best he's seen at working up a sentencing prior to his client being sentenced, including all relevant factors in his favor, and garnering favorable sentences.  There is more to criminal defense than just the guilty / not guilty stage of preceding.

Fresno DUI Lawyer - Justice and fair sentencing
Fresno DUI Lawyer - Justice and fair sentencing

Justice isn't about harsh sentences, tougher on crime, or slogans such as "Three Strikes, you're out" mantra's that politicians use to get elected.  It's about a prosecution, a zealous defense, wisdom, and finally a balancing of the scales of justice with the facts and arguments presented to come to a fair conclusion of the case.

In the above case, it was a high blood alcohol, hit and run, gross vehicle manslaughter with two deaths.  It was also about a person with no criminal record, family, pleaded guilty early, took responsibility, and apologized.  The factors were weighed by the judge, and justice was handed down.  It is important to view sentencing as an opportunity to help you client, by presenting the facts in their favor.  That is one of the reasons that we have sentencing hearings, probation reports, and a judge.

Fatal hit and run DUI driver sentenced in Fresno Court

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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.