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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.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
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
  • Free Consultation
    30 minutes devoted totally to your case (not your financial information like most lawyers/law firms).
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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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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Law Office of John Karas
Legal Answers
218 Questions Answered
Q. I have been charged with felony elderly financial abuse. I have no prior charges, no arrests, no criminal record.
A: Yes, you need an attorney. If you cannot afford one, LA county will provide you with a Public Defender.
Q. If a criminal defendant makes a plea deal with the district attorney can the judge say no to the deal?
A: Yes but it's very, very rare. Were you represented by an attorney or a public defender? If so, ask them what can be done.
Q. Is assult and battery with deadly weapon a more serious crime than criminal threats?
A: Both are "wobblers" meaning they can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. However, if charged with ADW, it has a higher jail sentence if charged as a felony (up to 4 years in state prison) whereas CT if charged as a felon carries a 3 year prison sentence.

Of the two, ADW is charged as a felony 99% of the time in my experience while CT is almost always charged as a misdemeanor. It's also considered a serious and violent felony and counts as 1 strike under California's 3 strike laws which one a person gets 3 they can be sentenced to state prison for life.

However, if the CT was something like a threat to blow up someone's car or house and the police conducting an investigation find evidence that the person making the threat has the means to carry it out (i.e. find a detonator, trace evidence of an explosive), it would most certainly be charged as a felony with enhancement for possession of an explosive device or any of its components.

If you or someone else you know is charged with either offense, it would be best to hire a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney who has handled both types of crimes. There are certain defenses to both that to get the best outcome.
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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
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: Appointments on weekends available.