Articles Posted in Red Light Camera Tickets

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.
________________________________________ 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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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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San Francisco citations for a red light camera violation and for making an illegal left turn were dismissed this week after Attorney John Stanko had filed requests for a trial by written declaration for two clients. Both matters resulted in not guilty findings by the San Francisco Superior Court Traffic Division. As such, neither client will receive a point on their California DMV record and the payment of their bail/fine amounts will be refunded.

Should the trial by written declarations have resulted in a finding of guilty the clients would have had a right to request a new court trial. A request for a trial de novo, new court trial, must be filed with the court within twenty days of the mailing of a finding of guilt on a trial by written declaration. The California Judicial Council provides a form, TR220, on which to request a trial de novo.

In addition, in the last two weeks client’s were found not guilty after trial by declaration of violating Vehicle Code section 22349(a), maximum speed violation, in Sonoma County and not guilty of Vehicle Code section 22350, the basic speed law, in Marin County.

Further, the Law Office of John Stanko, Inc., was able to have a commercial driver speeding ticketed in Fairfield, Solano County, reduced to a no point mechanical violation.
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The City of Novato Police Department conducted a special traffic enforcement from Friday, February 24 to early Saturday morning on February 25, 2012. Their efforts were funded by a grant from the State of California Office of Traffic Safety.

Two drivers were arrested by Novato Police Officers on suspicion of DUI. Further, officers of the Northern Marin County City also cited forty-four drivers for speeding tickets, arrested one person for a drug offense and issued citations to two people for driving on a suspended license.

Speeding tickets and other moving violations are handled at the Marin County Superior Court via the traffic clerk’s office in Room C-10 at that Marin County Hall of Justice. Contested traffic tickets are heard by a court commissioner in Department N. A conviction for a speeding ticket, red light camera ticket or other moving violation will result in points being placed on a driver’s DMV record and in increased insurance rates. One point violations like speeding and stop sign violations will remain on a driver’s record for insurance and negligent operator purposes for three years.
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Client charged with violating Vehicle Code 21453, red light camera ticket in Emeryville. Case dismissed at court trial in Oakland, Alameda County Superior Court.

Marin County man alleged to have been driving 71 mph, based on radar, in a 35 mile per hour zone on Nicasio Valley Road. Court trial in the Marin Superior Court. The citing CHP officer failed to produce a valid traffic and engineering survey and the charged violation of Vehicle Code 22350 and court ordered suspended license from prior trial by written declaration are dismissed.

In California the use of Radar or Lidar on most surface streets where the speed limit has been set at prima facie limit the police must produce a valid traffic and engineering survey in order to justify the use of a speed measuring device. According to the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, prima facie speed limits should be set at the nearest 5 mph increment of the 85% of all driver’s in the survey unless proper legal reasons allow for a reduction below that setting. The use of Radar or Lidar where there is no valid survey amounts to an illegal speed trap.
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