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A 55 year old man was arrested for DUI and booked in to the Sonoma County jail on Friday, March 27, 2015. That man was arrested with a child in his car and booked for drunk diving and suspicion of cruelty to a child. He posted bail on Saturday, Mach 28, 2015, and was released. However, the same man was booked into the jail again on Saturday night following a second arrest for driving under the influence.

Drunk driving with a child in the car often results in California District Attorney Offices, including the Sonoma County DA, charging the driver with child endangerment. If a person is convicted of child endangerment and of DUI, their probation is normally extended from 3 to 4 years and they must attend a 52 week parenting class. An experienced DUI attorney can usually get the child endangerment charge dismissed but a driver may still have to admit an enhancement for having a minor under 14 years of age in the car while driving under the influence. An admission to that enhancement can result in increased jail or alternative work time and attendance at some parenting classes less than 52 weeks in length.
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Officers of the California Highway Patrol working out of the Napa County area office made 8 DUI arrests last weekend.

Officers reported that they arrested three drivers for drunk driving after traffic accidents. Occupants of two of the vehicles suffered injuries.

California drivers face an estimated $10,000.00 expense for a first DUI and a conviction for DUI with injury, where someone other than the driver was injured, results in a one year driver license suspension. Court fines and costs can be more than $2,000.00 and drivers must also pay for attendance at a driving under the influence program and increased insurance premiums.
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A crash that sheered off a power pole closed Francisco Blvd. East in San Rafael on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The driver who was arrested for driving under the influence crashed his vehicle into a PG&E power pole shearing it off at the base.

The driver was not injured in the accident and there were no other cars involved. San Rafael Police Department Officers arrested the 44-year old driver on suspicion of DUI. PGE was on scene to repair the power pole.

A DUI arrest in Marin County can result in the loss of the driver’s driving privilege from the DMV and in a probationary sentence that includes a fine and mandatory attendance at a DUI program. The fine for a first offense is $1,748.00 and with costs for the DUI program, insurance and license fees, the drunk driver will pay more than $2,000.00 if convicted in Marin.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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LAW OFFICE OF JOHN STANKO, Inc.
________________________________________ 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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