Judge Jay Karahan

Judge Jay Karahan Judge Jay Karahan, now retired, was presiding judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 8 2003-2018. THIS PAGE IS INACTIVE. Visit JAYKARAHANLAW.COM for legal questions / appointments, and JUDGEJAYKARAHAN.COM for wedding officiant appointments.

From 1983 to 1987 Judge Karahan served as an Assistant District Attorney for Harris County, Texas. He was a member of the District Attorney’s child abuse committee and specialized in child abuse prosecutions, an emotionally challenging but important assignment. In 1987 the United States Attorney General appointed him an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. As a fede

From 1983 to 1987 Judge Karahan served as an Assistant District Attorney for Harris County, Texas. He was a member of the District Attorney’s child abuse committee and specialized in child abuse prosecutions, an emotionally challenging but important assignment. In 1987 the United States Attorney General appointed him an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. As a fede

Operating as usual

06/10/2020
www.txcourts.gov

I just learned today that Texas’ highest criminal appeals court affirmed the judgment in my last significant case while serving as the presiding judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 8. This was a writ of habeas challenge of a DWI conviction in Court 8 alleging that a lab tech’s simple clerical error and her reassignment by her supervisor to fix it should have been disclosed by the State for impeachment purposes at trial. I ruled that under the facts of the case and current law disclosure would not have likely resulted in a different verdict and was therefore not required. The lower appellate court ruled that it should have been disclosed, but the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously agreed with my ruling apparently following my habeas findings of fact and conclusions of law in this decision.

https://www.txcourts.gov/media/1447390/pd-1299-19-diamond-opinion-6-10-2020.pdf

12/27/2018
Driving drunk this weekend? Don’t try it - Houston Chronicle, 12/27/2018

I know a few things about the crime of Driving While Intoxicated, having first prosecuted these cases for 4 years, later defending them for 8 years, and then serving as a DWI judge for 16 years. I’m now preparing to return to private practice to defend these cases. Why is there still so much DWI in Houston despite all we know of its dangers and consequences? Let’s connect a few dots.

Let’s start with the Houston drinking and driving landscape: the Houston / Harris County metroplex has 665 square miles covered with public roads and highways. Along these are several hundreds of bars, ice houses and restaurants licensed by the state to serve alcohol. These establishments have parking lots - and driveways into them from all those roadways. Our great city boasts four professional sports venues - football, baseball, soccer and basketball - that serve alcohol and have acres of convenient parking nearby for fans’ cars and trucks. For a city our size we have relatively little public transportation - compare us to Boston, Chicago, LA and New York with generally reliable round-the-clock rail and bus service to and from their sports venues and other eating, drinking and entertainment establishments where alcohol is served. We have car dealerships everywhere robustly encouraging car ownership. And we have a strong local economy.

But, with Uber and Lyft and taxi service readily available here, why does DWI continue to be our city’s scarlet letter? I think so because, very simply, we love the control we have and feel when we drive our cars. There in the driver’s seat we are momentarily masters of all we survey - untouchable and unassailable if only for a few minutes or hours as we are cocooned from the limited or lack of control in our homes, workplaces or elsewhere! Yes, this is an armchair psych assessment, but if truth be told, we must consider why we love and need to be in our cars. If you doubt this then take notice during your next morning or afternoon drive time of all the single occupant cars. Does every one of these single drivers really need their car during the day for work-related driving? Could we carpool more, let’s say one day a week for starters?

When someone drinking considers driving their car anywhere they make a critical wager which, if poorly considered, can become a selfish and deadly decision that might well affect not only the driver and their own family, but also someone else who financially supports theirs.

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and the federal government may one day in the not-too-distant future have the last word on DWI. They have the power to decide for us by regulating driving and car manufacturing in order to limit or ban live driving and / or implementing currently available technology to prevent vehicle motor ignition while drivers are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Or, we can wise up and make better drinking and driving decisions TODAY.

Please SHARE this with your friends and family with my best wishes for a Happy and Safe New Year!

Prosecutors fret that the upcoming four-day weekend could prove to be an especially deadly one for drunken drivers and innocent motorists alike due to a quirk in the calendar, prosecutors say.

Monday, December 10 was the last SOBER Court graduation I’ll attend as an active judge. I leave this wonderful and effec...
12/12/2018

Monday, December 10 was the last SOBER Court graduation I’ll attend as an active judge. I leave this wonderful and effective court treatment program with a full heart, yet with some sadness for not being able to finish out with current Court 8 clients, and for having to eulogize one of our August sober graduates, Ricardo Lazoya, who was killed by an alleged intoxicated driver last month. On a happy note, one of my first graduates, Frankie C, sober now for 8 years, attended, spoke of our awesome program and how it helps him live a better life, and encouraged the clients who were there to keep up the good work one day at a time.

11/29/2018

My transition out of the judicial profession will soon be complete at year’s end. So many steps yet to take.

My awesome wife Cynthia has helped me build a new website. I’ve submitted my Courthouse Frequent Visitor application - now waiting on my background check (wish me luck!). I then firmed up some office space at 1221 Studewood Houston, TX 77008, as well as get some very helpful in-service from attorney friends on contemporary law practice. Next was a short drive over to my CPA to help me set up Jay Karahan Law, PLLC. Next, new bank accounts to open, a business credit card application, as well as getting new business phone service. Helpful software and online business services should round it out, mostly.

Yes, I’ll be returning to the legal profession consulting with and representing clients on white collar, corporate compliance and other criminal and civil matters. I’ll also resume my mediation services from my previous private practice with certification by AA White Dispute Resolution Center. God willing, the many things I learned on the bench in 16 years of judicial service will complement what I had in my previous tool kit so that maybe I can help a few more folks with their legal problems.

Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote: “Who knows, before his life may end, What his share may be of care, man? Then catch the moments as they fly, And use them as you ought, man!”

I feel called to do this.

The U.S. Supreme Court now has the opportunity to require the states to enforce the 8th Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clau...
11/23/2018
Lucrative enforcement becomes lawless - Houston Chronicle, 11/23/2018

The U.S. Supreme Court now has the opportunity to require the states to enforce the 8th Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause through this astonishing Indiana civil forfeiture case. Let’s see if our high court’s originalist Justices will do the right thing (as they’ve done previously with incarceration and bail cases) and once and for all prohibit “lucrative law enforcement” in fine cases.

Tyson Timbs made amistake, but not one as important as Indiana’s Supreme Court made in allowing to stand the punishment the state inflicted on him. He was a drug addict — first with opioids prescribed for a work-related injury, then he**in — when his father died. He blew the $73,000 insurance ...

09/06/2018
On June 29 I volunteered all night at Precinct One Constable Alan Rosen’s Shepherd substation reviewing blood draw searc...
07/12/2018

On June 29 I volunteered all night at Precinct One Constable Alan Rosen’s Shepherd substation reviewing blood draw search warrants for his holiday DWI Initiative, for the last time as an active Judge. I retire from the bench at year’s end.

I’ve really enjoyed working with Constable Rosen, Deputy Constable Bradley Sternberg and their staff, the MADD volunteers there and other law enforcement folks over the years for these important public safety initiatives. I will miss them and those exciting long evenings together!

Have a valid marriage license (72 hours old)? Come out to the Log Cabin Republicans booth at Houston Pride and have Judg...
06/23/2018

Have a valid marriage license (72 hours old)? Come out to the Log Cabin Republicans booth at Houston Pride and have Judge Karahan perform your ceremony for no charge! See you there!

The recent primary runoff edition of The Link Letter (published by Republican activist Terry Lowry) features the headlin...
05/16/2018

The recent primary runoff edition of The Link Letter (published by Republican activist Terry Lowry) features the headline below. Really? Has Republican activism in Harris County come to this?

Since my March 8 primary defeat (at the hands of Lowry and his ilk, I should add), I’ve been politically quiet while tending to my judicial duties and enjoying family and active church life again. Nothing I’ve said or done as a judge, candidate or Christian deserves even a scintilla of Lowry’s untruthful public bashing.

Will my party’s leadership 1) speak out against this course and vulgar man, 2) admonish candidates who financially support him that doing so diminishes Republicans, and 3) lead our decent, liberty-loving Republicans to marginalize Lowry and other well-funded activists who, like Lowry, publish this garbage in service of their pungent brand of political activism.

The Founders and drafters of our Constitution and rights to free speech and association are rolling in their graves.

It's Election Day! Polls are open from 7:00am to 7:00pm so be sure to get out and make your voice heard while they're op...
03/06/2018

It's Election Day! Polls are open from 7:00am to 7:00pm so be sure to get out and make your voice heard while they're open. I would be proud to serve a 5th term as Judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law #8, and with your support I'll have that opportunity. I'm asking you for your vote today, and for you to SHARE this message with your friends and family to encourage them to vote as well!

“Easiest one of all. Judge Jay Karahan has the respect of every single attorney that I asked with one exception – his op...
03/05/2018
2018 Harris County primary is almost over, so who did you vote for? - Big Jolly Times

“Easiest one of all. Judge Jay Karahan has the respect of every single attorney that I asked with one exception – his opponent, who has a nice life story but has a tendency to blame others for any problems he encounters.”

With the increase in early voting by both parties, most elections are probably already decided. The candidates in close races are going have to work overtime to find more voters.

At the polls for the last day of early voting!
03/03/2018

At the polls for the last day of early voting!

Judicial selection is not a game.  People’s lives, families, futures and property are at stake.
03/01/2018
A Game of Benches?

Judicial selection is not a game. People’s lives, families, futures and property are at stake.

Republican activists manipulate judicial selection, undermine judicial independence Supreme Court Associate Justice Neal Gorsuch stood for judicial in...

Harris County Republican Party
02/25/2018

Harris County Republican Party

A few of you may have recently received some unwanted junk mail from a disreputable organization. The image is included in this post. We want to reiterate that this leaflet is IN NO WAY affiliated with the Harris County Republican Party. Some of you have expressed confusion about the group, and we understand your confusion, as the group in question misuses powerful symbols and words that represent concepts and ideas a majority of our members uphold. Do not allow their pamphlet to be a source of bother. #TrashTheSlates.

To be removed from the Hotze telemarketing list, please dial 281-886-7877.

Chức mừng năm mới! Happy Lunar New Year with blessings  of health, prosperity, beauty and joy! Hope to see you at Lin H...
02/24/2018

Chức mừng năm mới!

Happy Lunar New Year with blessings of health, prosperity, beauty and joy! Hope to see you at Lin Hoa Temple today for ceremonies and celebration! judgejaykarahan.com

The polls are officially open for early voting, and I'm asking for your vote in the Republican Primary. I've made keepin...
02/21/2018

The polls are officially open for early voting, and I'm asking for your vote in the Republican Primary. I've made keeping our communities safe my priority, and will continue to do so in a 5th term as Judge of Harris County Criminal Court at Law #8. Please find details on where you can vote early at the link below, and SHARE with your friends to spread the word. I appreciate your support!

Find Your Polling Location >> https://goo.gl/E3mKEq

02/14/2018
To be clear, I am not endorsed by the Pay-for-Pay Slates in Harris County.  My qualifications to be re-elected and fitne...
02/11/2018
Stop Pay-for-Play in Harris County

To be clear, I am not endorsed by the Pay-for-Pay Slates in Harris County.

My qualifications to be re-elected and fitness to serve for a 5th term as Judge of Court 8 are recognized by a growing list of endorsements: numerous Harris County Republican leaders including County Judge Ed Emmett, the leading independent endorsement groups, all major law enforcement organizations, and over 60 Republican precinct chairs.

Experience counts. Integrity counts. Independent judgment counts. Republican credentials count.

Let your informed vote be counted in early voting February 20-March 2 and on March 6! judgejaykarahan.com

Voters across Harris County deserve to have a government that answers to citizens - not just the powerful campaign donors and ruling elites who think they own the ballot box! We're working to #EndPayForPlay!

ELECTION STRATEGY - Houston Chronicle, 2018-02-11
02/11/2018
ELECTION STRATEGY - Houston Chronicle, 2018-02-11

ELECTION STRATEGY - Houston Chronicle, 2018-02-11

Building a winning slate of general election party candidates starts with getting your primary voters to the polls to support your strongest candidates. Letting candidates buy recommendations and endorsements on a pay-to-play basis is no way to determine the strongest, yet that’s what happens all ...

Stop Pay-for-Play in Harris County
02/11/2018
Stop Pay-for-Play in Harris County

Stop Pay-for-Play in Harris County

"Many candidates endorsed by the Big Three slates are indeed qualified, conservative and did not pay for the privilege. Many are our friends; some are our members. Our goal in part is to help these candidates avoid the appearance of impropriety. Meanwhile, the Big Three's system of purchased endorsements jeopardizes the Harris County GOP's strength, standing and responsiveness to voters. We in the Houston Young Republicans intend to do something about it."

Greater Houston Pachyderms, the premier Galleria Area / Greenway Plaza Republican Club, hosted a splendid candidate foru...
02/06/2018

Greater Houston Pachyderms, the premier Galleria Area / Greenway Plaza Republican Club, hosted a splendid candidate forum today at their weekly lunch meeting at Tony’s. Thanks Pachyderms for the opportunity to discuss my qualifications and contested primary race.

For more info please visit judgejaykarahan.com.

I’m grateful that many of our Harris County Republican Precinct Chairs support me to keep honor, integrity and justice i...
02/05/2018

I’m grateful that many of our Harris County Republican Precinct Chairs support me to keep honor, integrity and justice in Harris County Criminal Court-at-Law No. 8. Please visit judgejaykarahan.com

I am honored to have City of Pasadena Councilmember, District H, Thomas Schoenbeim’s endorsement in my contested race fo...
02/04/2018

I am honored to have City of Pasadena Councilmember, District H, Thomas Schoenbeim’s endorsement in my contested race for re-election as Judge of County Criminal Court-at-Law No. 8.

The City of Pasadena and surrounding port and refinery areas are the very heart of Houston’s economy, so I count the support of Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner and Councilmember Schoenbeim as blessings.

For more information about my campaign and how to support my re-election bid, please visit www.judgejaykarahan.com

Tonight, I was a guest on Public Access TV’s “Reasonable Doubt” hosted by Harris County Criminal Lawyer’s Association to...
02/02/2018

Tonight, I was a guest on Public Access TV’s “Reasonable Doubt” hosted by Harris County Criminal Lawyer’s Association to discuss my work in Court 8 and campaign for re-election. Video available soon!

Houston Young Republicans
02/01/2018
Houston Young Republicans

Houston Young Republicans

Monday is the deadline to register to vote. Are you ready?
Check your status now through the County Tax Assessor-Collector's website.

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association’s Robert Pelton has endorsed my campaign.  Honored, humbled and grateful.  F...
02/01/2018

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association’s Robert Pelton has endorsed my campaign. Honored, humbled and grateful. For information, please visit judgejaykarahan.com

Good to be with new friends at Greater Northside Chamber of Commerce this morning for their monthly Contacts and Coffee ...
01/30/2018

Good to be with new friends at Greater Northside Chamber of Commerce this morning for their monthly Contacts and Coffee breakfast at Trigo’s on Fulton. Pictured with me here are Jose Jimenez, Wayne Luther, Susan Soto, Luis Garcia, Jon Garcia, Diana Hernandez, Kathy Jasper, Monica Montalbano, James Montalbano, Jason Mistal, and HPD Capt. Dan Harris.

Thanks, Texas Conservative View, for the honor of your endorsement!  TCV joins all major grassroots and independent endo...
01/30/2018

Thanks, Texas Conservative View, for the honor of your endorsement! TCV joins all major grassroots and independent endorsers, all major law enforcement organizations, Harris County Republican leadership and over 50 precinct chairs endorsing me over my primary opponent.

Remember to VOTE on Tuesday, March 6, 2018; or during early voting February 20 - March 2 in the Republican Primary. For more information, please visit judgejaykarahan.com.

Thirty-year criminal law specialist and fifteen-year veteran Judge Jay Karahan is ENDORSED by the Texas Asian Republican...
01/27/2018

Thirty-year criminal law specialist and fifteen-year veteran Judge Jay Karahan is ENDORSED by the Texas Asian Republican Club in his contested Republican primary race for Judge of Harris County Criminal Court-at-Law 8.

Thank you, TARC, for the honor of your endorsement and for your commitment to keep experience, honor, integrity and justice in this important court!

For more information about Judge Karahan and the importance of this race, visit judgejaykarahan.com.

I’m honored to announce that Julio Torres, Republican Precinct 141 Chair and prominent conservative community leader (ba...
01/26/2018

I’m honored to announce that Julio Torres, Republican Precinct 141 Chair and prominent conservative community leader (back row, right), has endorsed my campaign. Thank you, Julio, for placing your trust and confidence in me to keep justice, integrity and honesty in Court 8!

Judge Jay Karahan ENDORSED by The Texas Conservative View.  TCV is a group of dedicated Houston area women dedicated to ...
01/26/2018

Judge Jay Karahan ENDORSED by The Texas Conservative View.

TCV is a group of dedicated Houston area women dedicated to limited government and freedom, who support candidates and issues defending liberty and the Constitution of the United States of America and of the State of Texas. Thank you, TCV!

For more information about TCV and this endorsement please visit texasconservativeview.com. For more information about my campaign, please visit judgejaykarahan.com.

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You are one of my favorite judges! Thank you for being outstanding in your field. ❤️
This is my 4th time asking to be removed from the email list i asked nicely. Take me off!!! Im not gonna ask again
Judge Jay Karahan - can you provide more detail around what your stance is on animal cruelty please? #THLN
Thank you Judge Jay Karajan until we have someone that’s going to defend the animals God bless you Judge Karanhan I’m sure you will do a great job because this defendless animals need a voice to defend them of people who have no hearts this people need a more punishable sentence so they will think next time of doing something to an animal!
Thank you for taking a stand against animal cruelty.
Animals are to be loved and cared for with compassion, nothing less. 💕💕💓😍🐕🐕🐘🐆🦍🦏🐴💓💓🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
I'm with you I'm a big animal lover and it breaks my heart when I hear about all the abuse, I treat my animals like children they're my babies.
Thank you for helping those who can't help themselves
Awsome, bout time , to crack down on all animal abusers !
Thanks 🙏 to God , about time Animals Can have law and right I ask and writing ✍️ for long time it’s 👍 awesome 👏 wow 😲.
I pray your the REAL THING god bless you . FOR GOD SAKE WE NEED IT 🙏🏻
Thank you amen