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John Karas

Serious case? You need a SERIUOSLY GOOD LAWYER.
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence ...
  • California, California
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Trial attorney (not merely a negotiator). Criminal defense (misdemeanors and felonies), Civil (personal injury) and Appellate (criminal and civil). Worked on the defense team for then San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock. Written successful briefs and oral argument in both Civil and Criminal Appeals.

Specialize in Criminal Defense cases up to and including trial.

San Diego State Univ
Undergraduate Degree
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California Western School of Law
Law Degree
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Professional Associations
California State Bar  # 115833
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Federal Circuit
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  • Free Consultation
    30 minutes devoted totally to your case (not your financial information like most lawyers/law firms).
Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense
    Cannabis & Marijuana Law
    Marijuana Business Formation
    White Collar Crime
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Products Liability
    Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
    Civil Rights
    Police Misconduct
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. How can I find out which officers to name in my lawsuit if the investigation is ongoing and involves 4 police departmen?
A: You are under strict time limits to file a lawsuit for wrongful death, loss of consortium, etc. You are required to give formal, written notice of a claim within 6 MONTHS from the date of the occurrence when it involves a public/government entity. There are certain exceptions for late filing of such a requirement. The names of the individual officers are irrelevant for now. Submission of the claims against the police agencies (employers of the police officer) is the key and knowing which entity accepts service of the claim. For example, if 1 of the police departments is the City of Hemet, it has to be filed with City Clerk. Other law enforcement agencies such as the Sheriff's department have to be filed with the clerk for the County Bd. of Supervisors. I suggest you contact a skilled and experienced Civil Rights attorney/lawfirm who handle police misconduct/excessive force cases IMMEDIATELY to determine if a late claim can still be filed. There are only a handful of us who are willing to handle such cases so call for a free initial consultation.
Q. Is the failure of the prosecution to identify a primary target in a killzone instructions case be enough to reverse?
A: No. Also, the time in which to file an appeal has already expired years ago.
Q. I have a restraining order in place. The restrained party is retaliating by filing small claims cases every two weeks
A: If as you say, the case were "thrown out of court" (meaning dismissed), you may be able to sue the restrained party for malicious prosecution if the dismissals were the result of a court determination that the lawsuits were without merit.
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Law Office of John Karas
43537 Ridge Park Dr.
Temecula, CA 92590
Telephone: (951) 405-0555
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Appointments on weekends available.