April 4, 2015

Sonoma County Jail Repots Man Arrested For 2 DUIs in 2 Days

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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April 3, 2015

Napa CHP Arrests 8 DUI Drivers

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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April 2, 2015

Drunk Driving Crash Closes San Rafael Street

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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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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