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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August 8, 2014

Marin Traffic Ticket Defense July 2014

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

TRAFFIC COURT RESULTS July 2014

COURT CHARGE RESULT

San Francisco Red Light Camera Reduced to a no pointer
Sonoma Speeding with accident (no traffic school) Negotiated traffic school
Marin Driving over double yellow lines Dismissed

Many traffic tickets in California are classified as moving violations and carry points on a person's driving record. Accruing too many points, 4 in 12 months, 6 in 24 months, or 8 in 36 months will result in the DMV designating a person a negligent operator which carries a driver's license suspension.

Moving violations also effect insurance rates for up to 3 years.

An experienced traffic ticket defense attorney can work to get tickets dismissed or reduced to charges that do not carry DMV points.

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May 1, 2014

DUI Crackdown Planned - Cinco de Mayo Weekend

The Marin County multi police agency DUI task force, Avoid the Marin 13, is going to be on the look out for impaired drivers this holiday weekend. The involved police departments will be holding a checkpoint in San Rafael on Friday, May 2, 2014, form 6:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

The state funded drunk driving task force will also be running extra patrols over the weekend and on next Monday's Cinco de Mayo holiday. Police departments believe that the annual celebration is tied to an increase in alcohol-related accidents.

Please don't 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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April 30, 2014

TRAFFIC COURT RESULTS APRIL 2014


COURT CHARGE RESULT
Marin Speeding and no license Dismissed
Marin Speeding Dismissed
Palo Alto, Santa Clara County Speeding Reduced to a no pointer
Marin Illegally passing a school bus Dismissed
Marin Speeding - speed to high for traffic school Speed reduced to allow traffic school
Marin Speeding Reduced to a no pointer
San Francisco Stop Sign Dismissed
Richmond, Contra Costa County Speeding Not Guilty
Marin Speeding Dismissed
Marin Failure to yield Not Guilty
Marin Red light violation Reduced to a no pointer
Marin Speeding Dismissed
Marin Red light violation Reduced to a no pointer
Marin Speeding Reduced to a no pointer

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February 4, 2014

Super Bowl Weekend DUI Enforcement in Marin County

The Marin Avoid the 13 had an increased DUI presence during Super Bowl weekend. A drunk driving checkpoint was schedule in Rafael on Saturday night starting at 6:00 p.m. and was set to end on Super Bowl Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m.

Police agencies participating in the Avoid the 13 campaign included the San Rafael, Belvedere, Central Marin, Fairfax, Marin Community College, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross, Tiburon and Sausalito Police Departments. The Marin County Sheriff's Office, and officers from the CHP also took part in the task force.

DUI and suspended driver's license checkpoints are commonplace in Marin County. The multi agency task force routinely increases patrols and conducts checkpoints during holiday weekends and on traditional celebration dates like the Super Bowl

A DUI conviction in Marin County can result in fees and fines in excess of $10,000.00 as well as mandatory attendance at a drunk driving program and driver's license suspensions.

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October 31, 2013

Marin Drivers Beware On This Halloween Night - DUI Enforcement

The Marin Avoid the 13 DUI Task Force says that Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for child pedestrians. Therefore, they are warning drunk or drugged drivers that officers will be conducting an an extra aggressive enforcement tonight.

In addition to routine patrols the Avoid the 13 will have extra drunk driving patrols throughout Marin County this Halloween night.

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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October 31, 2013

Yolo County Drivers - Don't Drive Drunk on Halloween

The Yolo County DUI task force, the Avoid the 8, will be conducting additional patrols tonight in an effort to stop and arrest drunk drivers. Local police officers, sheriff's deputies and CHP officers will crack down on DUI and impaired drivers with their aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort.

According to NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is one of the deadliest holidays of the year. NHTSA says that 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night from 2007 to 2011 involved a drunk driver.

Suspended license and DUI checkpoints and aggressive countywide DUI task forces are common throughout California. Funding for these drunk diving enforcement programs comes from the Office of Traffic Safety via grants from NHTSA.

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October 31, 2013

Yolo County Drivers - Don't Drive Drunk on Halloween

The Yolo County DUI task force, the Avoid the 8, will be conducting additional patrols tonight in an effort to stop and arrest drunk drivers. Local police officers, sheriff's deputies and CHP officers will crack down on DUI and impaired drivers with their aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort.

According to NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is one of the deadliest holidays of the year. NHTSA says that 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night from 2007 to 2011 involved a drunk driver.

Suspended license and DUI checkpoints and aggressive countywide DUI task forces are common throughout California. Funding for these drunk diving enforcement programs comes from the Office of Traffic Safety via grants from NHTSA.

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October 18, 2013

San Rafael Police Get $119,000 in Grants For DUI and Traffic Enforcement

The City of San Rafael Police Department has been awarded two grants for DUI enforcement and to administer a year long general traffic enforcement program. The Grant money will be used for DUI checkpoints, cell phone and texting enforcement, seatbelt enforcement and to run stings in which officers follow people who drive away from court after having their driver's license suspended or revoked.

Drunk driving checkpoints are commonplace in San Rafael, Novato and other cities in Marin County. Although these checkpoints amount to a warrantless intrusion and their effectiveness can be questioned, the courts have ruled that checkpoints are legal provided that the police follow guidelines including the giving of advance notice to motorists, the use of proper warning signs and lighting and a neutral based formula for stopping cars.

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October 4, 2013

DUI Court Sting Nets Suspended License Arrests

in courthouses throughout California police agencies are conducting stings where they watch people who's licenses have been suspended drive away from court. In Murrieta, Riverside County, six people who were not supposed to be driving due to pending DUI cases were cited last week.

The Murrieta Police Department's went under cover at the Riverside County Southwest Justice Center and staked out offenders who had been told by a judge not to drive. Police officers stopped ten drivers that they followed from courtrooms. Of those drivers, four were in compliance with the law as they had made arrangements for alternate means of transportation. However, six people were stopped and cited for allegedly driving on a suspended license, and some of those people's vehicles were impounded.

Anyone caught and convicted of driving on a suspended license as a result of a DUI conviction faces an additional sentence of probation, possible jail time, fines and the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on any vehicle they own or operate.

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