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John W Stanko

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  • How to handle 2 speeding tickets almost 2 months apart?

    I received a speeding ticket 2/19/14 for 90 in 65 which i believe was put faster than i really was going! It was like 12:30 am on a completely empty freeway. The cop was so rude and sketchy i decided to contest it and just paid the bail and now w...

    John’s Answer

    I suggest you fight both tickets. You may be able to beat them both and can request traffic school if you are convicted at trial on one of them. Hire an experienced local traffic lawyer to assist you. A lawyer may be able to plea bargain to get you a lesser charge that does not carry a point on your record and would not require that you attend traffic school.

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  • I'm on felony probation for domestic violence, I've been on probation for about a year and a half, last month I got a DUI

    I've been in ci ompliance and am almost done with my dv classes I have 5 left. Tomorrow is the hearing, do u think there going to keep me?

    John’s Answer

    It is possible that you will be remanded when you appear in court. If you have a private attorney make sure they are aware of the court hearing and appear with you. If you don't have counsel then request a public defender.

    Obeying all laws is a standard term of probation and you could be found in violation due to the DUI arrest.

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  • What if the officer wrote down the violation incorrectly?

    Officer pulled me over for mistakenly turning left on a multi-lane street. I made a u-turn within 120 feet, no traffic on the road at all. He cited VC 21651(a) for driving across a dividing barrier on the freeway, which I did not do. Can I ask ...

    John’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague.
    Take the matter to trial. The officer must prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and if he cannot your case will be dismissed and you will be acquitted.

    You should consult with a local attorney for assistance

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  • Misdameanor Open Container Ticket..

    I got a citaion about 4 weeks ago for a open container walking in Hollyood.. i have Not recieved anything in the mail about the ticket But it does have a date and time written on ticket.. i was with a friend at the time and she got the same ticke...

    John’s Answer

    If you cannot personally appear in court hire a local attorney to appear for you. CA Penal Code section 977 allows you to appear through an attorney on a misdemeanor case.

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  • Do Georgia, Virgina and Maryland DMVs talk?

    I have an unpaid ticket in Georgia, which rendered my license suspended (in Georgia). I live in California. There are no signs of suspension here however I will be traveling to Virginia/Maryland soon and will need a rental car. I was wondering if ...

    John’s Answer

    My colleagues are correct, there is an interstate compact among almost all DMVs in the Union. Go online and seek out the services of an attorney in GA. The suspension in GA will hit CA at some point and the DMV here will send you notice of the suspension.

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  • Please advice how can I avoid the traffic ticket? I got a left turn ticket San Diego CA.

    Today I drove to San Diego down Town area. I didn't pay attention of the "can't left turn" sign. I am worry about this kind of the price very high for me. Please advice what is the ticket fee.

    John’s Answer

    The fee, fine, on your citation is set by the uniform bail schedule for traffic infractions. You will get the amount when the court sends a courtesy notice.

    You should not just pay the ticket. Consider your options, are you traffic school eligible, do you want to fight it with or without an attorney. Also, you may opt for a trial by declaration.

    Seek out the a advice of a local attorney.

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  • If California law says potential employers can only check criminal background 7 years back, will later convictions show up

    I read that in California potential employers can only check criminal convictions up to 7 years back. If this is true will later convictions just not show up or are they supposed to disregard them? I am from a different state and have a resisting ...

    John’s Answer

    Criminal convictions will stay on your department of justice rap sheet indefinitely. Get a livescan fingerprint check done and submit it to the DOJ for a copy of your record to see what is there.

    Also, information concerning your convictions may be readily available online. Do a search.

    As my colleague stated, you may want to hire an attorney to assist you with the expungement/dismissal of these cases.

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  • Can I go to nursing school and become an RN if I am a registered narcotics offender?

    I have misdemeanors, that I am going to try to expunge from my record. However, I am I registered narcotics offender. Will that still show on a background check? I was told it only is for police record. Is that correct? Also, if it does show me as...

    John’s Answer

    Whether you will be admitted to school due to your convictions will likely be up to the individual institution to which you apply. Your potential licensing as an RN is regulated by the CA Board of Registered Nurses. I have had multiple clients who were nurses or were awaiting their license while facing criminal prosecution and they were allowed to enter or continue in the RN field but did have to go through some hoops with the nursing board. Check their website for further information.

    http://www.rn.ca.gov

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  • How do I clear the "failure to appear" or know if its a misdemeanor or an infraction?

    I have a $25 infraction citation dated on 10/27/12, and the court date listed on the citation is 1/31/12. I wanted to pay the ticket online, but it wasn't available. I went to court to pay the ticket; however, I didn't know and I swipe my drivers ...

    John’s Answer

    Yes, you paid so the case is closed if you paid. If you are concerning that you have a failure to appear for this or any other case you can call the court and check with your case number or get a copy of your DMV printout.

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  • California resident driving with a suspended license in Las Vegas Nevada- what can I do to clear this matter?

    I had two tickets. I lost my job at the time and paid one and cleared a suspension. Apparently I forgot to go to court in california and my license was suspended. I found out when I was in las vegas for the holiday weekend and was pulled over for ...

    John’s Answer

    You need to have an attorney in NV handle the case there.

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