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Hello, I have been devoted exclusively to defending clients in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout Northern California who have been arrested or charged with crimes since 1996. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and explain what I can do for you.


You owe it to yourself to talk to a criminal defense attorney who knows the law.


Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty. Don’t be a victim of illegal arrests, illegal charges, exaggerated charges, and false evidence. In the past decade, I have established an impressive track record.  I have been able to help people avoid conviction, have illegally obtained evidence thrown out, have their case dismissed and have their criminal charges reduced. I work hard to help clients avoid jail and move on with their lives.


I am a DUI, Criminal Defense and Traffic attorney dedicated solely to protecting people caught up in the turmoil of California's criminal justice system. I represent clients in Marin, Solano, Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Sonoma and Napa counties. 


I also help clients with bail reductions, as well as post-conviction matters such as early termination of probation and expungements.


Your Criminal Defense Starts Today

For a free consultation and to learn more about how I can help, call toll free at 1-877-204-8900 or directly at 415-755-8999 or 707-642-8900.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 65%
    19 years
  2. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 25%
    19 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    19 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Donald Gray Drewry

    I endorse this lawyer as he is well known in the community of DUI lawyers for his continuous devotion to his clients. The efforts he makes for the best results that can be obtained in each case exceed that of the average lawyer. Above average is too small a term of accomplishment for John. Talk to him, listen to him, then hire him.


    Donald Drewry DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Francisco J Rodriguez

    John and I have known since law school. For as long as I have known him, he has always been extremely dedicated to his achieving his goals. We both had the luck of being interested in the same field of law and having a passion for it. Today, what truly amazes me about John is his true regard for his clients. He will go nuts trying to find a solution to any given legal problem, and will find it even when one doesn't exist! Now that is true dedication. He is brilliant and thorough in his legal analysis and will always go to battle for the lucky who have him as his attorney. You can rest assure that should I ever encounter any trouble, he is the one I will call.......


    Francisco Rodriguez DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

4040 Civic Center Dr., #200
San Rafael, CA, 94903

524 7th Street
Oakland, CA, 94607



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of Attendance Fast Eddie Kuwatch DUI SeminarCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2013
Certificate of Attendance Fast Eddie Kuwatch DUI SeminarCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2012
2nd Annual Traffic Ticket Seminar, Certificate of AttendanceBay Area Traffic Ticket Defense Attorneys2012
Bench Demeanor Pro Tem Training Certificate of AttendanceSolano County Bar Association2011
2011 Fast Eddie All Day - Certificate of AttendanceCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2011
Kuwatch all day DUI certificate of attendanceCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2010
Misdemeanor and Felony Conflict PanelSolano County Bar Association2000
Misdemeanor Criminal Conflict Appointment PanelBar Association of San Francisco1998
Immigration Consequences for Criminal ConvictionsNorton Tooby,Esq.1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney, owner, CEOLaw Office of John Stanko, Inc.2004 - Present
Attorney, partnerStanko & Bechtold2000 - 2004
Attorney, partnerStanko & Rodriguez1999 - 2000
Associate AttorneyLaw Office of Eric Bruce, Lake County Public Defender1997 - 1998
Contract AttorneyLaw Office of Jonathan Brand1997 - 1997
AttorneyLaw Office of John Stanko1996 - 1997
Legal InternSan Francisco Public Defender1995 - 1996
Legal InternSanta Clara Count Public Defender1995 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Private DefendersMember2009 - Present
Marin County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Solano County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember1998 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1997 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1996 - Present
San Francisco Bar AssociationMember1996 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. F.Petition to Expunge and Dismiss DUI case granted!
People v. G.M.Charges dismissed!
People v. A.M.Not Guilty Verdict!
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Publication nameTitleDate
Multiple articles on DUI, Traffic and Criminal Defensestankolaw.com2014
Marin DUI lawyer blogmarinduilawyerblog.com2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Bob La Pier and AssociatesStandardized Field Sobriety TestingCertificate of training in Field Sobriety Test Administration2010
New College of California School of LawJDCriminal Defender Clinic1996
New College of California School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, CaliforniaCommunications, AdvertisingBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
El Modena High SchoolN/AHigh School Diploma1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
September 2011Demurrers in Traffic Cases2011
March 2011 MeetingSpeeding Tickets2011
Bay Area Traffic AttorneysTraffic Ticket Defense Strategies2011
April 20, 2011 Bay Area Traffic Defenders MeetingRed LIght Camera Tickets and Visual Estimation of Speed2011
San Rafael Red-Light Cameras a Safety Success, sanrafael.patch.comRed LIght Camera Tickets2010
Jump in Traffic Tickets Raises QuestionsTraffic Ticekts2010
Ignition Interlock Pilot Program, KGO-Radio AM 810DUI 1st Offender Ignition Interlock Device Pilot Program in Alameda County2010
KTVU Channel 2, 6:00 p.m. news, 12/22/09Red Light Camera tickets2009