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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.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Domestic Violence
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Civil Rights
  • Insurance Claims
  • Appeals & Appellate
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    30 minutes devoted totally to your case (not your financial information like most lawyers/law firms).
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Federal Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
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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65 Questions Answered

Q. I was recently served a TRO that had pages missing from it (D.V. 100, pages 2 and 4). Is this grounds for an extension?
A: Yes.
Q. Is taking a car without owners consent a felony in california
A: It can be. Criminals thinking of committing a crime rarely, if ever, ever ask this sort of question so if, as I suspect, you are thinking of reporting someone having ALLEGEDLY stolen a vehicle, report it to the police. They, in turn, may refer the matter to the District Attorney's Office who decides what what charges, if any, are filed if they feel confident they can prove the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.
Q. What does the May 2018 revision to CA Prop 57 do to help release non and semi-violent offenders?
A: This is not a DIY project. Your brother has the right to be represented by an attorney he or someone on his behalf retains (meaniing hires and pay) or his Public Defender (if as I suspect a PD was appointed on his underlying case) at his parole hearing.
Q. If I received a DUI in CA with an NC license about 13 years ago, paid the fines but never too the classes and closed It
A: Unlikely. North Carolina participates in an Interstate Compact in which states share driver's license information including DUI's and suspended licenses. Not having completed the DUI classes in California resulted in your license having been suspended by the issuing state's DMV but you are also in VOP (Violation of Probation) on the DUI conviction in California. Your best course of action is to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to assist you with getting the VOP resolved and then getting your license status reinstated here in California. Otherwise, every time you get behind the wheel, you're at risk of being arrested, having your car impounded and spending a minimum of 10 days in jail if you are pulled over for any reason.
Q. Possession of marijuana in Arkansas
A: You will need to consult with a criminal defense lawyer in Arkansas as law governing possession, use or sale of MJ differs state by state.
Q. Hello, I was recently arrested for a dui and can’t afford a lawyer. Where do I turn for help?
A: If you cannot afford an attorney, a Public Defender will be appointed to represent you by the court assuming you are income eligible (you will be required to fill out a form listing your income and expenses to determine such eligibility). Even if you don't think you can afford to retain an attorney, I nevertheless recommend that you consult with a few attorneys in your area who specialize in DUI law. Depending on the facts of your case, you may have one of several potential defenses and not know it as PD's are in a rush to "dispo" cases (plead their clients out to the criminal charges).
Q. I got pulled over police found 4 pounds of marijuana the charge is trafficking what can i expect as punishment solano co
A: 4 pounds of MJ is alot so you can be charged with drug trafficking as a Felony. Also, if you crossed county lines (going from one to another), you could be charged with a separate Felony as well. Call local criminal defense lawyers with experience handling drug related offenses. Good luck.
Q. What are the chances of an arrest at an arraignment hearing for a misdemeanor possession charge while on probation?
A: Chances of being "arrested" at the Arraignment for your alleged drug possession offense for a VOP (Violation of Probation) is unlikely unless the underlying offense was a Felony but you could be asked to enter a plea to the VOP (assuming the DA adds the charge to the misdemeanor complaint) in which case, you simply deny the VOP as well as plead Not Guilty to the drug possession and get an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Q. Is it illegal to record someone being assaulted, distributing the video and not stepping in?
A: It's not "illegal" to videotape someone in a public place documenting an "assault". However, it MAY be an Invasion of your right to Privacy to "publish" the video in a group message to other people without your permission in which you may be able to sue the person who took and distributed the video.
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Temecula, CA 92590
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