May 2014 Fresno Felony DUI | Fresno Criminal Defense DUI Attorney

Fresno Felony DUI, Strike Prior, Prison priors:

Prison sentence was stayed, 5 years probation, 90 days AOWP, and various other terms of probation that allow this client to remain employed, and with his family.

Fresno Attorney Jonathan Rooker takes pride in the results of his work.  In Mid May of 2014 Jonathan was facing a tough task.  His client is good person, a great demeanor, father of 5 children, married to a wonderful and strong wife for over a decade.  This client was employed by a small to mid size Fresno based business, owned by married couple who value my client as an employee, and think of his as if they are surrogate parents to him.  They were present at each court date, kept in constant contact with me through several months that the court process took.

There was one issue that made this case so tough to handle.  While my client is truly a good person, caring father, loving husband, and dedicated worker, he does have a lengthy criminal history.  He has 14 prior criminal convictions, some of which include multiple counts and/or charges.  Another issue was his 5 prior DUI's, one of which is a Felony DUI within the 10 year window.  Some convictions are for driving offense such as Driving on a suspended or revoked drivers license, which causes concern for the court.  Others include Receiving stolen property, vehicle theft, drug convictions (6 felonies total).

There are several aspects of this person that stood out.  He was done with alcohol.  He showed that he is good person who makes bad decisions when he drinks.  He isn't violent, mean, or ill behaved in any way. In fact, he is quite the opposite.  The type of guy that would give you the shirt off his back.  More importantly, he was a person who his his rock bottom.  He was done drinking.  Timing was everything.

He entered a rehabilitation program and immediately became a pillar of the program.  His counselors love him, the program supervisor loves him, his wife, his co-workers, employers, his children, even his attorney considers him a lifelong friend.  This client did everything wrong when he was drinking, but after the last incident, did everything right.  The time was now.  The opportunity presented itself, and he seized it.

As an attorney, a member of society, and a life long friend from our youth, I am proud that I helped this client stay free of prison, and alcohol.  Even more importantly, I helped keep a family together.  I am proud of judicial system for allowing a Judge to make a Judgement of a person, and act upon it.  I am proud of the Judge for doing so.  I am proud of my client doing everything right.  No one person can take credit for what happened, but the person that did the most right was my client.

Update:  As of June of 2017 the client has excelled in every way.  He is with his family, employed, and sober.  

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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.