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John Karas

Every case is defensible IF you retain the Right Attorney.
  • 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
- Current
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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, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    Cannabis & Marijuana Law
    Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana
    White Collar Crime
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Products Liability
    Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. I have a friend who is being charge of dui, hit and run, driving while intoxicated,
A: There is nothing your friend can do to reduce the charges. Hiring a highly skilled, criminal defense lawyer with experience handling resisting arrest cases, which is the most serious of the offenses charged, is the best thing he can do. PC 69 is a "wobbler" meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If charged as a felony and reduced to a misdemeanor to induce him to plead out (as a Public Defender or most lawyers would and consider it a "win"), he will be a marked man for the rest of his life. Copy and paste the link below that explains why and click the section pertaining to PC 69.
Q. The cops came to my house with a warrant for dna sample they wouldn't tell me what it's related to
A: What is your question? If you are asking if that was legal or illegal, it depend on whether you were on probation or parole for a conviction and you agreed to, among other terms and conditions, to provide a DNA sample. I suggest you consult with the attorney who represented you on that subject. If you do not have a conviction and were not on probation/parole, you may have a viable case for violation of your civil rights.
Q. Was arrested and bailed out and the district attorney never picked up the case. Do I still owe the bailbonds?
A: You still owe the bail bondsman for posting bail on your behalf because uou entered into a biding contract with him (or he) independent of the charges being "dropped" (never filed or dismissed).
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Law Office of John Karas
Contact & Map
Temecula Office
43537 Ridge Park Dr., Suite 110
Temecula, CA 92590
Telephone: (951) 405-0555
Riverside Office
4193 Flat Rock Dr., Suite 262
Riverside, CA 92505
Telephone: (951) 405-0555