February 4, 2015

One Sonoma CHP Officer Gets Two DUI Drivers on 101

Sonoma County CHP Officer Mike Phennecie arrested two drivers within a matter of hours on Highway 101 on Monday.

Shortly before 6 a.m. Officer Phennecie stopped a Honda Civic traveling northbound for speeding, allegedly at 92 mph. The driver of that vehicle, a Petaluma man, displayed signs of intoxication, and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

After Officer Phennecie finished writing his police report he got back out on the streets around 1p.m. and as he was driving on Rohnert Park Expressway, he received a CHP dispatch concerning a possible DUI driver. A concerned motorist had called 911 to report a Dodge Sprinter swerving on the highway.

Officer Phennecie stopped on the shoulder of Highway 101 to wait for the suspect vehicle. When the Dodge drove by the officer observed it to be swerving in a manner that forced other cars to avoid a collision. At that point the officer stopped the Dodge and arrested the driver, a Cotati man, for driving under the influence.

Drivers arrested for a DUI face the possibility of jail time, the loss of their driving privilege, fines and mandatory attendance at a DUI school if convicted. The costs of defending a drunk driving case can sometimes exceed $10,000.

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January 31, 2015

Sonoma County DUI Enforcement Increased for Super Bowl

Sonoma County law enforcement agencies will be sending out extra patrols to look for intoxicated drivers on Super Sunday. These special patrols are solely used to look for drunk drivers and to make DUI arrests.

The Santa Rosa-area CHP, Santa Rosa and Petaluma police departments are all involved in these extra patrols. Funding for this drunk driving enforcement is coming from a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration via the California's Office of Traffic Safety.

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January 30, 2015

Extra DUI Patrols In Marin For Super Bowl Weekend

The multi police agency DUI enforcement team, "Avoid the Marin 13" will be putting extra officer out this weekend to look for drunk drivers. Football fans on Super Bowl Sunday had better not drink and drive as the police will be on heightened alert.

Police officers encourage people to not drink and drive. If you chose to drink then arrange for a designated driver or a safe ride home. An arrest for a DUI starts a long and expensive process that can result in the automatic administrative suspension of a person's driving privilege, probation, fines, possible jail time and mandatory attendance at a DUI school. The length of the DUI school depends on a person's blood alcohol level and whether they have any prior convictions. There is only one DUI school in Marin County, in San Rafael.

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December 16, 2014

Holiday DUI Checkpoints Planed in San Rafael

The City of San Rafael Police Department will be conducting drunk driving checkpoints and special DUI patrols this holiday season. The driving under the influence patrols and driving while impaired checkpoints will run through January 1, 2015.

In all, the San Rafael Police Department plans to conduct two driving under the influence and drivers license checkpoints. In addition, the San Rafael Officers will be running twelve roving DUI saturation patrols during the Christmas and New Years Eve Holiday season.

Police agencies throughout Marin County will also be holding special DUI operations during the holidays.

The police want to remind Marin County residents to dial 911 if they see a driver they suspect may be under the influence.

Police departments throughout California believe that DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies with the goal of removing drunk drivers from our highways. In Marin County, the Marin Avoid the 13 multi agency DUI task force, and Police Departments throughout the San Francisco Bay Area hold DUI checkpoints and conduct roving patrols to deter DUI drivers and to keep unlicensed drivers off the streets.

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December 14, 2014

November 2014 Bay Area Traffic Court Results

LAW OFFICE OF JOHN STANKO, Inc.
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TRAFFIC COURT RESULTS October 2014


COURT CHARGE RESULT
Marin Speeding. Reduced to a no pointer!
Marin Speeding, Out of State driver. Traffic school allowed.
Marin Speeding, designated vehicle. Traffic school.
Marin Speeding, over 100 mph. No license suspension.
Marin Speeding. Reduced to a no pointer!

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December 13, 2014

October 2014 Traffic Court Results

LAW OFFICE OF JOHN STANKO, Inc.
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TRAFFIC COURT RESULTS October 2014


COURT CHARGE RESULT
Marin Failure to yield to a pedestrian. Dismissed!
Marin Speeding on Hwy. 101. Dismissed!
Marin Speeding. Reduced to a no pointer!
Marin Speeding and no insurance. Reduced to a no pointer!
Marin Speeding more than 26 mph over. Reduced to allow traffic school, no license suspension.
Marin Speeding. Reduced to a no pointer!
Yolo Speeding. Dismissed!
Yolo Speeding. Fine reduced.
San Francisco Illegal left turn. Reduced to a no pointer!

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December 12, 2014

September Traffic Court Results

LAW OFFICE OF JOHN STANKO, Inc.
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TRAFFIC COURT RESULTS September 2014


COURT CHARGE RESULT
Marin Speeding Reduced to a no pointer!
Marin Speeding Reduced to a no pointer!
Marin Disobeying a sign Reduced to a no pointer!
Marin Illegal left turn. Out of state licensed driver. Negotiated traffic school.
Marin Speeding Dismissed!
Oakland Speeding Dismissed!
Marin Speeding on the freeway Reduced to a no pointer!
Marin Speeding in Nicasio Valley Negotiated traffic school, no license suspension.
Marin Speeding in Nicasio Valley Reduced to a no pointer!
Oakland Failure to obey a sign on The Bay Bridge/speding Dismissed!
Napa Speeding in a commercial vehicle Reduced to a no pointer!
Marin Speeding. Reduced to a no pointer!

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December 12, 2014

September Traffic Court Results

LAW OFFICE OF JOHN STANKO, Inc.
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TRAFFIC COURT RESULTS September 2014


COURT CHARGE RESULT
Marin Speeding Reduced to a no pointer!
Marin Speeding Reduced to a no pointer!
Marin Disobeying a sign Reduced to a no pointer!
Marin Illegal left turn. Out of state licensed driver. Negotiated traffic school.
Marin Speeding Dismissed!
Oakland Speeding Dismissed!
Marin Speeding on the freeway Reduced to a no pointer!
Marin Speeding in Nicasio Valley Negotiated traffic school, no license suspension.
Marin Speeding in Nicasio Valley Reduced to a no pointer!
Oakland Failure to obey a sign on The Bay Bridge/speding Dismissed!
Napa Speeding in a commercial vehicle Reduced to a no pointer!
Marin Speeding. Reduced to a no pointer!

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September 25, 2014

August Traffic Court Results

LAW OFFICE OF JOHN STANKO, Inc.
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JOHN W. STANKO
Attorney at Law

TRAFFIC COURT RESULTS August 2014


COURT CHARGE RESULT
Marin Running a Red Light Dismissed!
Marin Speeding on Hwy 101 Dismissed!
Marin Speeding on Hwy 101 Negotiated speed reduction, no license suspension and traffic school.
Marin Speeding Traffic school.
Marin Speeding Negotiated speed reduction from 100 MPH to 80 MPH, no license suspension and traffic school.
Marin Speeding Reduced to a no pointer!
DMV DUI license suspension .08 > bac Suspension set aside
Marin Speeding Guilty but case is being appealed.
DMV DUI license suspension, under 21 year old driver with .01 > bac Suspension set aside
Marin Speeding Guilty but case is being appealed.
Solano Illegal u turn Dismissed!
Yolo Speeding Negotiated traffic school.

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September 12, 2014

10 Arrested for DUI During Marin County Labor Day Crackdown

Police officers in Marin County made ten arrests for drunk driving over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Three drivers were arrested at a DUI checkpoint in San Anselmo and two drivers were arrested for drunk driving during a checkpoint operation in San Rafael.

Officers working under the Avoid the Marin 13, an anti-DUI campaign, also arrested five drivers for DUI during roving patrols. According to the San Rafael Police Department an additional seven drivers were cited for driving with a suspended license.

Police departments throughout California and the United States feel that DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies with the goal of removing drunk drivers from our highways. Drivers arrested for drunk driving in Marin face probation, high fines and mandatory attendance at a drunk driving program if convicted of a first offense.

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August 27, 2014

Labor Day Driver's Beware Marin DUI Checkpoints Are Setup

Two DUI checkpoints will be run by Marin County police agencies over the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Police officers will be looking for drunk and unlicensed drivers. Marin County police will run one checkpoint from 6:00 p.m., on Friday, August 29, 2014 until 2:30 a.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014, in San Anselmo and a second driving under the influence checkpoint, in San Rafael, will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and end at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Under the current state of the law California and United States Federal Courts do not require that the police disclose the exact location of the checkpoints. However, police in Marin County must adhere to a several judicially mandated requirements in order to legally justify the presence of a checkpoint under the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Otherwise, the presences of a checkpoint may be found to be in violation of every citizen's right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

The Avoid the Marin 13 DUI task force also plans to have extra roving drunk driving patrols throughout the county and to perform stings on convicted drunken drivers who are under court order not to drive.

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August 26, 2014

2 Arrested at Novato DUI Checkpoint

Two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence last Friday, August 22, 2014, at a checkpoint on De Long Ave. and Redwood Blvd., in Novato. More than 1,600 vehicles drove through the over 6 hour long checkpoint.

The Novato Police Department are part of the Marin Avoid the 13 multi agency DUI task force which runs drunk driving saturation patrols and checkpoints periodically throughout the year. Funding for the special driving under the influence enforcement comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Driver's arrested for drunk driving in Marin County face serious consequences in court and from the DMV. A first offense DUI can cost upwards of $10,000.00 to defend through jury trial and more if the driver is convicted. A conviction typically results in three years probation with fines of more than $1,700.00 and mandatory attendance at a DUI program. The DMV will suspend a driver's license for six months on a first offense drunk driving conviction.

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August 24, 2014

Avoid the Marin 13 DUI Saturation in San Rafael Labor Day Weekend

Officers from the San Rafael Police Department will be stepping up their drunk driving enforcement over the upcoming Labor Day Holiday. Along with other Marin County law enforcement departments the San Rafael Police, as part of the Avoid the Marin 13 DUI Campaign and Safe Trek Program, will be running DUI saturation patrols and drunk driving checkpoints over the Labor Day Weekend.

A conviction for a first drunk driving offense in Marin County can result in punishment including probation, fines, a DUI school and up to 6 months in jail under the California Vehicle Code. Drivers with multiple offenses for driving under the influence face even greater punishment.

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August 23, 2014

Marin County - San Rafael Police Proclaim STRIDE Program a Success

The City of San Rafael Police Department's STRIDE (Stopping Traffic Related Injuries and Deaths through Enforcement) has been in effect for a little more than forty days and the SRPD has declared it a success.

According to the San Rafael Police Department the STRIDE Campaign is responsible for a reduction in injury and fatal traffic collisions. San Rafael Police plan on continuing their STRIDE traffic enforcement during back to school week, San Rafael students went back to school on August 21, 2014, and throughout the Labor Day Holiday Weekend.

Traffic citations can result in points being assessed on a driver's DMV record which can result in license suspensions and increased insurance rates. Traffic trials in Marin County are heard in Department N of the Marin County Superior Court located in the historic Frank Lloyd Wright designed Marin County Civic Center. Driver's face high fines if convicted of traffic offenses in the Marin County and throughout California.

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August 22, 2014

Domestic Violence in Marin City - Chase and Crash

On Monday, August 18, 2014,the Marin County Sheriff's Department received a call for a domestic violence incident in Marin City.

On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, a Marin sheriff's deputy saw the suspect driving in Marin City and a pursuit was initiated. Soon after, a California Highway Patrol officer joined the chase which continued for about a mile.

During the chase the suspect, who had a woman and 4-year-old boy inside his car, crashed into another car, lost control of his car, and crashed near Fred's Place on Bridgeway in Sausalito. The suspect then got out of his car and fled on foot. Officers chased him onto the roof of Saylor's where he was arrested.

Three customers at Fred's Place attempted to jump out of the way of the suspect's car as he crashed but one was pinned by debris until good samaritan's were able to free him. He suffered minor injuries.

Police arrested the suspect for grand theft and domestic violence for assaulting the mother of his child on Monday night. He was also arrested for driving without a license, evading a peace officer, cruelty to a child, reckless driving, resisting arrest and committing a felony while out on bail for another felony.

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