John M. Kucera

John M. Kucera JOHN M. KUCERA
Attorney At Law

Over 40 years of experience, with aggressive, personalized representation in State and Federal Courts. My services include defending people in court who were in the wrong place, at the wrong time, in the company of the wrong people, all of whom were drinking alcohol or using drugs.

I am technically retired unless a case involves an unusual set of circumstances that would be unique…there isn’t anything I have not defended in 41 years of practice.

Operating as usual

08/23/2021

FUN FACT:
Over 40 years, and every month, about 5 days after a full moon, I usually started getting an increase in potential criminal clients that had been involved in something that happened during the full moon. It never failed to happen. 🌚🌝

08/23/2021

Someone recently asked me what type of cases I handled during my career. It came down to this:

Defending people in court who were in the wrong place, at the wrong time, all in the company of the wrong people, all of whom were drinking alcohol or using drugs.

Well, everybody gets a turn with bad luck and fortunately mine took many years to show Its ugly face. Apparently, I was ...
04/22/2021

Well, everybody gets a turn with bad luck and fortunately mine took many years to show Its ugly face.

Apparently, I was “blessed” with a degenerative spine that became asymptomatic in September 2020. I had back surgery to fuse my L-5/S-1 level on January 19th and further damaged it after a minor fall at home. I have healed well despite the fall and I came back home in April after 3 months in hospitals regaining my strength and staying clear of Covid.

That being said, I’m proud to say that my 41 years of practicing law was a great fulfillment that included being a Shasta County Deputy District Attorney, a Shasta County Judge Pro Tempore and criminal defense attorney in both State and Federal Courts.

I have had the pleasure of dealing with innumerable characters, scofflaws, bullsh*tters, as well as many erudite judges and attorneys whose creativity, humor and knowledge has known no bounds. (Thank you Frank O’Connor, Steve Carlton, Joe Gazzigli, Dave Brady, Judge Bill Davis, and my good friend David Dratman).

I have met, worked with and admired hundreds of individuals involved in national and international legal issues that have opened my mind to the needs of the world.

There has been nothing better than loving what I do, but moreso, helping others in the process. It never gets old seeing a client’s fear melt away and the gratefulness that accompanies it with a job well done. I believe that I have made a difference in the world, as we all should, and I have never regretted being kind under any circumstances.

My wonderful wife Elaine continues to make life as sweet as it is and has sacrificed so much taking care of me during this medically difficult time. We are looking forward to one of many future trips including the South Pacific and spending more time at our place in Costa Rica.

My absence shouldn’t be seen as dropping out, disappearing or “quitting”. I would hate to see any of my experience go to waste and welcome anyone to help keep the cobwebs off of my library or my mind. I’m so happy to start this new transition in life both together and apart from all of you.

I am forever receiving requests for referrals to other attorneys and am more than happy to do so. If you are interested in me referring you, please provide me with a list of your areas of practice and contact information to forward to prospective clients.

Again, thank you for helping make my life what it has happily been for such a long, successful and productive time.

JOHN M. KUCERA
Attorney At Law
[email protected]
(530) 227-1700

12/21/2020

I started my 41 st year of practicing law yesterday and it’s It’s been quite an interesting journey.

There isn’t much I haven’t seen over that period of time, but has given me the experience necessary to recognize and address almost any legal issue that comes my way.

I’m selectively taking clients on a case-by-case basis, but if I can’t help you, I can certainly get you to counsel that can address your needs.

I have developed a deep and wide network of attorneys nationwide whether it involves any injury caused by a trucking or automobile accident, a product defect, medical malpractice or any other type of liability.

Of course, while I have practiced many areas of law, criminal defense, DMV issues and expungement of criminal records remain my favorite means of helping others.

If I can help, give me a call at (530) 241-1800.

02/04/2020
Electronic Departmental Order

Expungement

Many people, for many good reasons desire to clean up their past criminal record. The generic legal term for this is commonly known as “expungement”.

In my experience, clients seeking to “expunge” or correct their criminal record do not normally recall specifics about what is officially recorded with the Department of Justice.

The date of arrest, the location (such as the State or County) case number, conviction date, grade of the offense and crime conviction codes are all necessary facts that an attorney must have to adequately advise a client of what remedies are available.

Only the person who was convicted can obtain the record, but may have difficulty reading or interpreting the content once it is received.

To obtain your “rap sheet” (criminal history) review this link and follow the directions given: https://www.edo.cjis.gov/#/

My office has been interpreting these “rap sheets” (formerly as a prosecutor and now as defense attorney) for decades.

Obtain your rap sheet order form at the above FBI website above and after you receive it, I would be happy to review it. I offer a “no cost” evaluation of your record to determine what remedies, if any, might be available to you.

I look forward to helping you evaluate your case

Sincerely,

JOHN M. KUCERA

01/13/2020

Attorneys don’t win cases-facts win cases and it comes down to how YOUR attorney relates those facts to a judge or jury. Your attorney’s experience, confidence, knowledge and communication skills make or break a case. Choose wisely.

01/13/2020

New legislation may shorten your period of being on probation. Stay tuned for updates.

*****Celebrating 40 years of practicing law*****40 years is a long time to work in any occupation, but being current on ...
12/29/2019
Redding Criminal Defense Attorney | Shasta Lake DUI/DWI Attorney

*****Celebrating 40 years of practicing law*****

40 years is a long time to work in any occupation, but being current on the law,knowing the current value of a case and being in court every day means that my clients receive the most experienced, contemporary and knowledgeable legal representation available.

To review my most recent case successes, visit my website at www.jmk-law.com or you can always call us at (530) 241-1800

JOHN M. KUCERA
Attorney At Law
1416 West Street
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 241-1800

Kucera & Cohen, defends clients in Northern California facing criminal charges. Call 530-410-0090 for a consultation in Redding.

12/29/2019

I tell clients to NEVER take ANY field sobriety tests as they are totally subjective and designed to make people fail. There is no requirement under California law. Do not take a breath at the scene. You must thereafter take a blood or breath. Your case just got better.

Expungement is a great way for someone to clean up their criminal record after a conviction, if they qualify.
10/24/2019
The Truth About Expungement

Expungement is a great way for someone to clean up their criminal record after a conviction, if they qualify.

How does expungement work?

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09/09/2019
Electronic Departmental Order

EXPUNGEMENT

Is your past affecting your future?

Our office is well-experienced in cleaning up past criminal records, a process commonly known as “expungement”.

In our experience, clients seeking to “expunge” or correct their criminal record do not normally recall specifics about what is officially recorded with the Department of Justice.

The date of arrest, the location (such as the State or County) case number, conviction date, grade of the offense and crime conviction codes are all necessary facts that an attorney must have to adequately advise a client of what remedies are available.

Only the person who was convicted can obtain the record, but may have difficulty reading or interpreting the content once it is received.

To obtain your “rap sheet” (criminal history) review this link and follow the directions given:

https://www.edo.cjis.gov/#/

Our office has been interpreting these “rap sheets” (formerly as prosecutors and now as defense attorneys) for decades.

Obtain your rap sheet order form at the above FBI website above and after you receive it, we will be happy to review it.

We offer a “no cost” evaluation of your record to determine what remedies, if any, might be available to you.

We look forward to helping you evaluate your case.

Sincerely,

KUCERA and COHEN
Attorneys At Law
(530) 241-1800

THE IMPORTANCE OF HIRING PRIVATE COUNSEL TO REPRESENT YOU WASHINGTON POST-August 29, 2019 Two overworked public defender...
08/30/2019

THE IMPORTANCE OF HIRING PRIVATE COUNSEL TO REPRESENT YOU

WASHINGTON POST-August 29, 2019

Two overworked public defenders and six judges left a New Orleans man with a life sentence

"In the two years Landon Quinn's trial attorneys represented him, one was handling 711 other felony cases. The other took on 543, including another time- and resource-consuming death penalty case. The National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals recommends that a public defender take no more than 150 cases per year....The post-Katrina public defender's office was certainly preferable to the old system, but the wave of post-Katrina funding soon dried up. Caseloads soared, and the office was quickly overwhelmed. A 2009 National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers report found that the Orleans public defenders who handled misdemeanors were saddled with a jaw-dropping 19,000 cases per year, or 47 times the maximum recommended by the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals. By the time of Quinn's first trial, the office's felony attorneys were averaging about 300 cases per year, twice the national standard of 150. Citing data from the ACLU and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mother Jones reported in 2013 that on average, public defenders in New Orleans averaged all of seven minutes per case."

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On December 18, 2018, Canada's new impaired driving laws went into effect. Under the new laws, driving while intoxicated...
05/15/2019
Canadian Immigration – Lawyer for Immigration to Canada – FW Canada

On December 18, 2018, Canada's new impaired driving laws went into effect.

Under the new laws, driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol is now considered a serious offense, placing it in the same legal category as murder, aggravated sexual assault, and drug trafficking.

The same is true of what you may think of locally as reduced DUI offences like reckless driving, DWAI or wet reckless; these are all now in the same category as those other previously mentioned serious offences.

It doesn't matter if the driver caused an accident or hurt someone, simply being behind the wheel while legally impaired is enough to result in significant prison time.

The new law also doubled the previous maximum penalty, from 5 years to 10. This also means that Canadian immigration officials treat foreign DUI convictions much more seriously than they did before and, as a result, it will be more difficult to obtain a permit to travel.

If you are planning a trip to Canada and have these issues, my colleague Marisa Feil can help.

Qualify for Canadian immigration in 6-12 months. We are an experienced Canadian immigration law firm specializing in permanent residence and work permits.

04/20/2019

DUI’s, IID’s IUD’s and UTI’s

I frequently receive calls from folks arrested on driving under the influence cases asking about devices that may have to be installed as a result of a conviction.

As life becomes more technical so do the acronyms used to describe devices created but with extreme differences as illustrated below:

Question 1: “Will I have to have an IID (Ignition Interlock Device) breath machine installed on my car?

Answer: If it is a second offense or a first offense with a blood alcohol of .15 or greater, the answer is yes.

Question 2: Will I have to have an IUD (Intra-Uterine Device-birth control device) installed?

Answer: No. However, if you have drank SO much that your IID won’t start allow your vehicle to start, having an IUD in place might be a good idea depending on your circumstances and who you are with.

Question: “Will I need a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) to be able to drive?

Answer: No requirement. You should go to a physician for a good dose of antibiotics.

Question: Will I be ordered to put an IED (Improvised Exploding Device)in my vehicle?

Answer: No. Death is not a penalty for driving under the influence yet, but county jail or prison could be in your future. You can be assured that no Judge will order a hand gr***de or bomb placed in your car with you as a result of a conviction.

For any other questions, give me a call. In my four decades of practicing law, there is no such thing as a “dumb” question.

12/13/2018

It only takes one drink too many to end up being arrested for DUI. Drink responsibly this Holiday Season.

Happy Holidays!

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I am thrilled for your next chapter. I have always appreciated your willingness to champion our case. Being selective is such a great place to be with everything. Thanks for sticking with us. This community is better with you in it.