Fresno DUI Lawyer | Madera DUI lawyer

 Fresno DUI Lawyer | Madera DUI lawyer

A Fresno DUI Lawyer can help defend you against a California criminal DUI conviction.  If you have been arrested for a DUI in Fresno or Madera County, it is important you quickly take the proper actions to protect yourself from a DMV Admin Per Se action and a criminal DUI conviction.  You need a Fresno – Madera DUI Defense Lawyer that understands Criminal and DUI Law along with the science involved with a subject that is capable of impairing you.  It may be possible to avoid the drunk driving penalties.

As a Fresno – Madera DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney, I am dedicated to defending my clients.  Our office is located in Fresno, but we travel to nearby counties such as Tulare, Kings, and Madera Counties.

I have defended numerous DUI clients.

If you have been arrested for DUI, the first thing that needs to occur is to request a DMV hearing within 10 days from the date of your DUI.  If you fail to request a DMV hearing within 10 days, our license will automatically be suspended by the DMV.  Even if you lose the DMV hearing, you can postpone your license suspension by up to 4 to 6 weeks by simply requesting and attending the hearing.  This would allow you to make arraignment for the worst case scenario of losing you license.  A quality DUI practitioner will also guide you through the licensing process after a DUI.  I defend DUI cases in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Visalia, Hanford, and Kings County.

There are several legal defenses to a DUI charge.  Once of the most common ways to attack a DUI is to attack the “stop.”  A Police Officer must have a “reasonable suspicion” to believe our driving under the influence to believe you are driving under the influence or in violation of the law to pull you over.  Some of the most common reasons for being detained is swerving, weaving, driving over the fog line, and license plate illuminator lights being inoperable.  Many times people have been stopped for inoperable lights, but when they check the light is operating.  How do you defend against that?  There may be ways.  If the stop is not supported by reasonable suspicion, then all evidence obtained as a result of the stop may be suppressed.  If that occurs, there is a likelihood of a dismissal.


Some of the more common methods of avoiding a drivers license Admin Per Se suspension or beating a DUI are:

  • Lack of evidence of driving the vehicle
  • Violation of Title 17 rules for administering breath or blood tests
  • Improper collection of specimen or sample
  • The arrested was not supported by probable cause
  • Miranda rights may help
  • Insufficient evidence of impairment

The rising blood alcohol defense is another common defense that a Lawyer may use to assist his client.  This usually involves and expert, toxicologist, or similarly trained professional. Having testified as an expert on toxicology at the department of motor vehicles, and having completed the requirements for my MS Forensic Toxicology, I am adept at evaluating this defense.  Alcohol absorbs into the blood, which takes time.  If a person is stopped before the alcohol has reached the blood stream and caused he concentration to exceed .08% BAC, but later, at or prior to testing, it rises above .08% BAC, then the rising alcohol defense may assist.

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

Glass chess

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.