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San Rafael, California, DUI and Traffic Ticket Defense Lawyer

If you are arrested for DUI or any other reason, your best protection is to know your legal rights. And when it comes to criminal law, the most important right you have right now is the right to remain silent. Use it.

For over a decade, the Law Office of John Stanko has protected people accused of crimes from San Francisco to Marin County and the entire Bay Area. As an experienced and dedicated criminal defense lawyer I provide sound legal advice and defense representation in a wide range of criminal cases. I have a successful record of obtaining favorable outcomes for clients facing all types of misdemeanor and felony charges.

Call a Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Lawyer Before You Talk to the Police

Before you talk to the police, call 415-755-8899 or contact me online. In my practice as a criminal law attorney, I represent clients in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area who have been charged with all types of criminal offenses, including:

Drunk Driving (DUI/DWI) Charges - If you have been charged with drunk driving, I will challenge any evidence regarding intoxication, including blood alcohol level (BAC) tests, breath test results, and field sobriety tests. In addition to representing you in criminal court, I can handle your DMV administrative hearing regarding suspension of your California driver's license. As your criminal defense lawyer, I will work hard to obtain the most favorable results in your DUI case and minimize the impact DWI punishments can have on your life.

Traffic Violations/DMV Hearings - I represent clients in traffic violation cases in courtrooms throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and in license suspension hearings at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) related to all types of traffic tickets and driving offenses, including speeding, running a red light, failure to stop, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving without insurance, and driving on a suspended license.

Felonies and Misdemeanors - I represent clients charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes ranging from drunk driving to domestic assault to third-strike violent crimes.

Domestic Violence - Domestic violence covers a broad category of crimes and can including spousal abuse, making terroristic threats, domestic assaults, child abuse, and violations of domestic violence restraining orders or protective order violations.

Assault and Battery - Assault and battery charges include violent crimes such as assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, spousal assault, rape, date rape, and sexual misconduct.

Drug Crimes - My criminal law practice includes defending clients accused of drug crimes such as the possession, sale, use, transportation, or manufacture of drugs. Drugs are often found only after a search and seizure; many such searches are illegal.

Theft Charges - I have extensive experience defending clients charged with theft-related crimes, including petty theft, shoplifting, auto theft, burglary, robbery, forgery, embezzlement, and identify theft.

Expungements - A criminal record can haunt you for life and hurt you in your search for a job, housing, and other opportunities. I may be able to help you clear your criminal record through expungement proceedings.

Start the Defense of Your Rights Today

From challenging DUI/DWI sobriety tests to helping find alternatives to jail time, I am a dedicated criminal defense lawyer who can help protect your best interests.

For a free consultation and to learn more about call at 415-755-8899 or contact me directly at my Vallejo or San Rafael law offices, the Law Office of John Stanko

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