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LAW OFFICE OF JOHN STANKO, Inc.
________________________________________ 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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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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LAW OFFICE OF JOHN STANKO, Inc.
________________________________________ 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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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 Continue reading

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 Continue reading

The Law Office of John Stanko, Inc. successfully defends moving violations!

In the Marin County Superior Court a client charged with driving at a speed greater than reasonable or prudent has his case dismissed. Client was charged with a violation of Vehicle Code section 22350, the basic speed law. The citation was issued after a Novato Police Officer using radar clocked the diver at 47 mph in a 25 mph zone. The case was dismissed at court trial.

In Alameda County Mr. Stanko’s client facing a red light camera ticket has her case reduced to no point municipal code violation. In the end the client will pay a fine but her insurance rates will not increase and the no point violation will not be reported to her DMV record.
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This law is awful and takes away substantive rights that we all currently have. It is simply a money making machine for the state and may bring about absurd things like photo radar tickets.

Currently traffic tickets are crimes in California and defendants are afforded most of the rights that people charged with misdemeanors and felonies have. This bill proposes to take away the presumption of innocence and to convert red light camera prosecution to an administrative action.

Please protest this bill.

What does AB666 Do?

Eliminates Your Right to a Trial if You Get a Red Light Camera Ticket.
Makes You Responsible for the Ticket Even When Someone Else Is Driving.
Sets up Kangaroo “Administrative Hearing” Courts Run By Those Who Gave You the Ticket.
No Evidence Other than the Ticket Itself is Needed to Convict You.
No Right to Face Your Accuser.
You Are Assumed Guilty and Have to Prove Your Innocence.
You Will Have to Pay a Fee If You Want Your Case Heard in Court Expands the Use of Photo Enforcement to Other Traffic Violations.

Call California Assembly Member Bob Wieckowski and tell him Stop Selling Us Out to the Red Light Camera Companies. Call (916) 319-2025.
Ask for Ashley Medina, his Legislative Aid or just leave a message.
If the line is busy, keep calling till you get through.

Sign the petition to stop AB 666 and get more info here
http://stopab666.org/
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Attorney John Stanko successfully defends alleged speeder in Fremont.

Client charged with speeding in violation of Vehicle Code section 22349(a), exceeding the maximum posted speed limit is found not guilty in the Alameda County Superior Court in Fremont.

After filing and winning a trial by written declaration the client will not receive a point on his driving record and his posted bail money will be refunded by the court.
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A High School teacher who was arrested in San Rafael last December after a concert at the Terrapin Crossroads music venue has pled guilty to possession of LSD and driving under the influence.

The driver was stopped after allegedly running a red light in San Rafael. The citing police officer conducted field sobriety tests, including a PAS, preliminary alcohol screening device breath test, on the driver and arrested him for drunk driving. The results on the PAS test were .13 and .12 percent blood alcohol concentration by volume. In California drivers are not required to submit to field sobriety testing or to blow into a PAS device. However, if lawfully arrested for DUI all drivers in California have given their implied consent to submit to a blood test or evidentiary breath test to determine their blood alcohol content.

The Berkeley teacher was able to avoid a possible three year prison sentence when he plead guilty to possession of LSD and the charge of bringing narcotics into jail was dismissed. The police found the LSD in the teacher’s property when they booked him into the Marin County jail.
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Local traffic Attorney John Stanko beats tickets in Solano County and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

California Traffic Ticket Victories – November 2012

Solano County.
Speeding ticket, violation of Vehicle Code section 22349 on I80 in Fairfield. Violation amended to a not point non moving violation. Client’s driving record is not assessed negligent operator points.

Marin County.
San Rafael red light camera violation is dismissed. Client convicted of no point violation.

Solano County.
Out of state commercial truck diver charged with speeding in violation of Vehicle Code section 22406. Case reduced to a no point mechanical violation.
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