Drug Crimes

Law Office of John Stanko — SF Bay Area Criminal Defense

If you have been charged with a drug crime, you need the advice of a lawyer who knows the California criminal justice system inside and out. Knowing how county courts and judges have handled similar cases will give your attorney an edge in knowing what is likely to happen in your drug crime case and how to prepare the best defense.

Native to California — Dedicated to Criminal Defense

My name is John Stanko. I am a native Californian, attended law school here in the Bay Area, and have been dedicated solely to criminal defense for my entire career. I know the courts, the judges, and the prosecutors I work with very well. They know me for the successful results I have been able to achieve on behalf of my clients.

My law firm represents people in counties and courtrooms throughout the San Francisco Bay Area who face drug charges such as possession, possession for sale, transportation, cultivation, manufacturing, and trafficking of drugs such as:

  • Marijuana (pot)
  • Methamphetamine (crystal meth)
  • Cocaine (coke) or crack cocaine
  • LSD
  • Heroin
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • Prescription drugs such as Oxycontin

Possession, transportation, or possession for sale of any usable quantity of illegal drugs can result in heavy fines as well as county jail or state prison sentences. In addition, a drug crime conviction may affect your future employment prospects, your immigration status, and your ability to finance a college education. For these reasons, it is important to fight these charges aggressively and wherever possible, to challenge the evidence and seek a dismissal or reduction of charges or to obtain a diversionary disposition.

One important way to challenge a drug charge is to examine the question of whether proper legal procedure was followed by the police. Evidence recovered in connection with an illegal search and seizure may be considered “fruit of the poisonous tree” and could be suppressed and not considered in court which could result in the dismissal of your case. Whatever the circumstances, be assured that I will explore every possible avenue of defense in your case.

Start the Defense of Your Rights Today

For a free consultation or to learn more about drug crime cases and how I can protect your rights, call me or contact me directly at my firm, the Law Office of John Stanko

I also represent people with prior drug convictions in expungement proceedings.

Client Reviews

This letter is written with gratitude, appreciation, admiration, and respect. Going back to October 2004, our family was in a turmoil. With my husband in custody during the early morning hours, and unsure of where I was to turn, you were there for us. You stood beside me, helped us through a most...

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. Sincerely.

Rose B.

Hi John, here is my testimonial. I could have written a book for all you’ve done for me. Hopefully I didn’t leave anything out! I hope you and your family have a happy and safe holidays! When I first called John Stanko for his services, he was professional and courteous. Although I was a first time...

Mark Aguirre

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