Practice Areas


If you are arrested and charged with a “Serious and Violent” crime as a Felony, unlike other categories of Felonies you are facing having to serve 85% of the jail term imposed usually in state prison. All Felonies charged as such in California carry low, mid or high terms for sentencing purposes.

Violent Crimes

Trafficking, Possession, Distribution Defense

If you’ve been charged with drug trafficking, possession, or other drug related crimes, you need a skilled, experienced and aggressive Drug Crime Attorney. One who can start building your defense immediately.

The Law Office of John Karas has decades of experience successfully defending individuals with legal trouble involving controlled substances. No matter if you’ve been accused of a drug crime, or being investigated for one, your rights, freedom and future are in jeopardy. Therefore, it’s important to have the counsel of an experienced drug charge defense attorney as early as possible…

Drug Crimes

Our Goal: Dismissal of the Case!

A Domestic Violence conviction can have very serious consequences so you need a Domestic Violence Defense lawyer to represent you. Charges can include jail time, restraining orders, and a permanent criminal record. Even a first misdemeanor offense for a defendant could potentially carry a one-year jail sentence. Consequently, the real test is protecting the clean record and reputation of the defendant.

As an experienced Domestic Violence Defense Attorney, I may be able to settle your case out of court or take it to trial depending on the strength and weaknesses of the DA’s case.  Knowing that even a first-time DV conviction can lead to serious consequences, affect employment prospects, your good name, a permanent criminal record, imposition of a restraining order, this is why Mr. Karas’ objective is the full dismissal of all charges….

Domestic Violence Crimes


If you are convicted of any of the “resisting arrest” crimes listed below, you are facing the prospect of being considered a HIGH-RISK STOP every time you get behind the wheel for the rest of your life. As part of their S.O.P. (Standard Operating Procedure), police officer run the plates of any vehicle before approaching it and ask for the driver’s license (even if you are only a passenger).

Police Brutality


Being arrested, forced to post steep bail before being formally charged with any Sex Crime (let alone convicted) is the single worst thing you will ever experience in your life. Nearly all Sex Crimes are treated as “Serious and Violent” crimes if charged (as most are) as a Felony.  Unlike most Felonies, if convicted of a Sex Crime you will have to serve 85% of the jail sentence imposed rather than 50%. Additionally, many Sex Crimes count as a “Strike” under California’s 3 Strike law meaning that if you have 2 prior “serious and violent” Felony convictions (even if unrelated to a Sex Crime), you will be sentenced to 25 years to life and seve the sentence in state prison.

Sex Crimes

Defense Against DUI Charges

Having an experienced criminal defense DUI Attorney is crucial to protect your rights. Each year, thousands of people are arrested in California for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Road blocks, traffic stops and sobriety tests are a normal occurrence on weekends. If you ever get arrested for a DUI, it is crucial to hire the right DUI Attorney as soon as possible.

Driving under the influence is a serious crime and could leave you facing major penalties. There are specific sets of rules and regulations that must be followed when stopped for a suspected DUI. It is important to determine if your rights were violated in any way. If so, you need to hire an experienced DUI Attorney (I can’t emphasize that enough)…

DUI crimes


All Felonies charged as such in California carry low, mid or high terms for sentencing purposes which usually range from 16 months, 2 or 3 years as “low”, “mid” or “high” terms” for Theft Crimes.  However, the low/mid/high terms can be much higher depending on the nature of the theft related offense, steep fines as well as “Restitution” (paying the victim back) which could amount to 10’s if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Theft Crimes


This list is not meant to be an exhaustive compilation of all crimes listed under the Penal Code.  There are many more plus thousands listed under the California Vehicle, Health & Safety, Welfare & Institutions Codes (among others) which criminalize all kinds of activities/behavior.


Were you ticketed by a LEO (Law Enforcement Agency) but failed to appear (FTA) in court on the ticket?  Maybe you failed to appear for court hearings or for sentencing after being out on bail? If so, a BW (Bench Warrant) was issued for your arrest. With a BW issued, YOU ARE AT RISK EVERY TIME YOU GET BEHIND THE WHEEL and are stopped for anything from a minor traffic stop (i.e. expired registration tags, head or tail light out, etc.) to more serious offenses (reckless driving, DUI, etc.). LEO’s routinely run warrant checks on all traffic stops. The bench warrant for your arrest will show up in their computerized system.  YOU WILL BE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY RIGHT THERE ON THE SPOT. 

Assault - Violent Crimes


Mr.Karas has been and continues to be “Green Friendly” throughout his legal career.

In 1984 when Mr. Karas was licensed to practice law in both state and federal court, he worked with Mike Panzer one of the leading criminal defense lawyers in San Diego.  Mr. Panzer was the San Diego County Chapter President of Cal NORML (National Organization for the Repeal of Marijuana Laws) when Mr. Karas became an integral part of the defense team for then Mayor Roger Hedgecock.

Medical Marijuana Crimes


Mr. Karas has a wealth of experience in civil litigation handling multi-million dollar personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, environment tort, construction defect cases, etc.. In one case, he battled with Don Ruston and Richard Heafey (head partners of the largest law firms in California) who were representing other parties in a multi-billion toxic tort case filed on behalf of hundreds of homeowners.

Practice Areas



  • Drunk Driving, DUI and DMV Hearings
  • Drug Offenses (use, possession, possession for sale)
  • Burglary
  • Grand Theft
  • Petty Theft
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Dangerous/Lethal Weapons
  • Assault & Battery
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Vandalism/Malicious Mischief
  • White Collar Crimes (embezzlement, credit card/check fraud, forgery, etc.)
  • Sexual Misconduct (prostitution, lewd conduct, etc.)
  • Bench Warrants
  • Probation/Parole Violation
  • Expungement of Criminal Record
  • Juvenile Court


  • Personal Injury (select cases)
  • Police Misconduct
  • Attorney Malpractice/Excessive Fees
  • Attorney Malpractice/Excessive Fees
  • Elder Law/Elder Abuse


  • Criminal
  • Civil Defense

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