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DMV Refusal of chemical Test

April of 2017:

Jonathan recently helped a Fresno driver accused of regusing the chemical test following a DUI Arrest to avoid the mandatory 1 year suspension.  Following the DMV Admin Per Se Hearing, the action against her license was set aside, meaning she avoided the suspension at the DMV, with full driving privileges restored.


APRIL 2013:

Criminal Defense & DUI Defense Attorney Jonathan Rooker of shares the results of a criminal defense case. Client was accused of DUI.  The PAS results read .135/.116 with a EPAS (Breath) result of .09/.11 BAC.  The trial lasted Four days at the BF Sisk Civil Court in Fresno County.  The Fresno Courts have been very congested with the flood of criminal cases that should have been resolved, but the current the "Tough on Crime" mantra should actually read "Tough on your wallet" with all the cases that are forced to trial by a lack of realistic plea agreements that serve the public interest.  However, the current state of affairs in Fresno County don't allow that, so a civil court housed the trial.  Not saying a resolution should have occurred in this case, just that cases need to be resolved around the specifics of each case.

The Prosecutions expert from the Department of Justice tried to introduce a partition Ration of 2300 to 1 and testified that the actual blood alcohol content was nearly 10% higher than the read out on the breath machine.  After my cross examination, an citing Title 17, the "Expert" was brought back to court to rebut his own testimony, and admitted this was an error.

At the prosecutions request, a limiting instruction was given to the Jury that they must use Title 17 required 2100-1 ration of breath to blood.

The results was a hung jury.  My client excelled on the Field Sobriety Tests, which furthered my argument that he was NOT over the legal limit at the time of driving, and not in violation of the laws of this fine state.  It was a hard fought case.

The CHP Officer was very honest, and admitted he's human and errors can always occur.  It is one of those cases where the Officer did his job right, the client was not guilty of DUI, and a member of the jury understood that science dictated the proper vote to be Not Guilty.

2015 Permanent Restraining Order Hearing:  This was a highly contested hearing for which the acts alleged were from late 2013.  A mother and son had long been estranged from each other, and a reconciliation attempt was made due to health concerns, age, and a dying family member.  The results of the reconciliation were not  good, and eventually all attempts were halted.  My client left his mother's home, never again to see his dying grandmother, even avoided going to the funeral due to his feelings about his mother and several family members who had sided with her.  Several family members also sided with my client.  Even after removing himself, with no desire to ever see or speak to his mother again, living outside the county of her residence, and having never deserved to have this occur, he was served with a temporary restraining order, and had to fight to keep his rights, including the right to own a firearm which is necessary for his desired field of employment, from being taken from him.  Jonathan was able to litigate the hearing, and however sad the circumstances, Justice was served with the temporary restraining order was dissolved, and the permanent restraining order was NOT ISSUED.  My client can now return to his life, absent this hindrance.  Winning made all the difference in my clients life.

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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.