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John W. Stanko

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Phone: 415-755-8899
Fax: 415-532-1436

4040 Civic Center Dr
San Rafael, California 94903

Experienced California DUI Defense Attorney on Your Side

My name is John Stanko and I have been devoted to the defense of clients who have been charged with traffic ticket violations and Drunk Driving, offenses in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California since 1996.

When you get arrested it is important to remember that you have the right to remain silent and to consult a criminal defense lawyer. I recommend that you exercise your right to remain silent and not make any statement to the police and call me. The sooner you call an experienced attorney, the better. The Law Office of John Stanko offers a free initial consultation to discuss your case with you personally and confidentially.

My law practice includes the defense of those charged with drunk driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and driving with a prohibited blood alcohol concentration (.08 or greater bac), traffic ticket offense (moving violations), and other criminal charges. I also assist clients with post-conviction matters including the expungement (dismissal) of their cases and the sealing of records.

At the Law Office of John Stanko we believe you owe it to yourself to talk to a criminal defense attorney who knows the law. Remember, just because you got arrested does not mean that you are guilty. You are innocent! The government bears the burden of trying to prove you guilty. Do not be a victim of an illegal arrest, illegal or exaggerated charges and false evidence brought against you by the prosecution. I have established an impressive track record of helping clients avoid jail and getting on with their lives.

My office is located in Central Marin County in San Rafael with easy access to the North and East Bay Area Counties and San Francisco. I handle cases in the Superior and Traffic Courts in Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and San Francisco Counties


J.D., New College of California School of Law, San Francisco, California, 1996

B.A., California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, California, 1992
Major: Communications, Advertising

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice California, 1996
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1996
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

State Bar of California Membership No. 184144
Member Since: 1996

Marin County Bar Association
Member Since: 2006

Solano County Bar Association
Member Since: 2000

California DUI Lawyers Association
Member Since: 1999

Litigation Percentage

My practice is devoted to traffic ticket, DUI and criminal defense litigation.

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Delta Chi - California State University Fullerton

Client Reviews
In today’s time and turmoil, it is truly rare to find an individual to be so knowledgeable, honest, and integrity not compromised. A rare asset “a gem” to the profession. For anyone seeking legal counsel. I say go no further then Attorney John Stanko. Mr. Stanko is able, dependable, and if all possible will help to resolve your situation. A fine gentleman indeed! Dr. Henri and Evelyn LePre
Dear John Stanko, I'm sorry this is so late! But I want you to know how much I appreciate your understanding and your expertise in court! You are a great lawyer and I thank-you so much for helping us in a time of need. I wish you much success in all that you set out to do. Rose B.
When I first called John Stanko for his services, he was professional and courteous. Although I was a first time client, he accommodated me to make the process as easy as possible. John was very prompt in returning my phone calls and followed up with my cases in a timely manner. I had several cases in two counties along with a suspended license case which John took care of. Mark Aguirre