Fresno DUI Lawyer: What do I do if I get stopped for DUI?

What should I do if I am stopped and a DUI Investigation and/or arrest occurs?  

If you are stopped for driving in Fresno County for suspicion of DUI, politely exercise your right to remain silent.  This is not to say you shouldn't speak to the officer, by all means, you should interact verbally to the necessary extent to be polite, and facilitate the necessary communication to help bring the stop to a conclusion.  But, do not answer the officer's questions about where you've been, where you're going, or what you have been doing that day or night.   The officers ask question, and they are fairly standard questions that routinely assist the officer and district attorney in their attempt to gain a conviction.  In short, they can and will be used against you in court.  If the officers makes the decision to arrest your, insist that your lawyer be present during any questioning, and hire a lawyer with extensive DUI specific education.  Many criminal defense lawyers “do dui's” but few have the extensive education and training to do it right.

Make sure to save all the paperwork the arresting officer or nay other police officer gives you.  They are important documents, especially the pink paper which acts as a temporary drivers license.  You'll want to get your car back from impound as quickly as possible and avoid any unnecessary fees and charges.  It is highly recommended that you go to the DMV and apply for an identification card as soon as possible.

If your car was impounded, get it out of impound as soon a feasible, this helps keep the impound fees down.

Recording you recollections, in detail, by writing them down or typing them is a great idea to assist your DUI Lawyer help present a quality defense.  The sequence of events, times, drinking pattern, and other relevant events can work in your favor.  If you fail to record the events in a timely manner, this could hurt your DUI Defense, because memories fade.  Also, if your remember more facts from the night of the DUI arrest, add to your notes, and inform your DUI Defense Lawyer of these facts.  Some facts that should be recorded are the times, amounts and substances you consumed.  This is very important for establishing a drinking pattern, which may lead to a rising blood alcohol defense to a DUI.

It is also important to hire a DUI Lawyer with extensive DUI specific education and experience to help you with your case.  The sooner your hire the attorney the sooner the lawyer can get started on your case.  This can be important because of the DMV Admin Per Se Hearing, contacting witnesses, and recovering recording from bars, restaurants, ATM's, parking lots or city police that may be used to defend against a DUI Conviction.

Fresno DUI Attorney & ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist
Fresno DUI Attorney & ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist

 DUI Specific Education is important to defend against a DUI Conviction.  Fresno DUI Attorney and ACS CHAL Lawyer Scientist Jonathan Rooker has extensive DUI specific education to help defend you against a DUI charge.

I you need help with a DUI accusation, hire Fresno DUI Attorney Jonathan Rooker to help you.

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.

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.