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Daniel Michael Karalash

Criminal defense Attorney at Roseville, CA

5.0   14 reviews

also known as Dan

  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

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About Daniel

Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All aspects of criminal defense from misdemeanors, DUI, to felony prosecutions for drugs, robbery, guns, assault, sexual assault, manslaughter, murder.

    29 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Your DUI should not be taken lightly. Although the cards are stacked against you, should not not surrender. The costs are too high. You need professional assist you and defend you.

    29 years

  3. Family
    Your family's interest always comes first in your life; we are hear to make sure it comes first in the eyes of the court

    23 years

  4. Civil rights
    Excessive force? Illegal arrest? We do not believe the rights that have been guaranteed by the Constitution are open for negotiation.

    23 years

  5. Divorce and separation
    We guide, assist and fight for you through what could be the most stressful time of your life. We work hard to ensure that your interests are taken care of.

    23 years


The practice of law was the natural extension of a career in the military.  In the military I was an officer assigned to B-52s as a Navigator and eventually an Instructor Radar Navigator.  The military, especially crewed aircraft teaches young aviators certain rules.  To stay alive, you better know what you are doing.  To win the fight, you better know how to work as a team.  You and your team are the force that protects and serves best.

I have not forgotten those important lessons.  My client's are a part of my team.  My staff is part of that same team. Most people on my legal team are former military members.  We have the work ethic to make sure we know the case.  We have the work ethic to ensure we know the applicable law. Most importantly, we apply the principles of our miltary past to ensure the best prepared team represents our clients.  

It was an honor to serve in the United States Air Force.  It has been an honor work with JAG attorneys in military criminal case.  

It is always an honor when people with problems place their trust in our team.


Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice


Strategic Law Command
3017 Douglass Blvd.
Suite 150
Roseville, CA, 95661


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  14 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Ana | June 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Karalash represented me in a dui case that had dragged out for many months. I was terrified and anxious about the whole process. He was always open, honest and quick to calm me down. This dui had the potential to end my career and significantly impact my entire life. Mr. Karalash took my case on and helped me fight the dmv with multiple phone appts with dmv and my witnesses. He was on top of everything and I felt I was in great hands. The DA would not cut me a plea deal or waiver in any way. So Mr. Karalash was confident about taking my case all the way to trial. Despite DUI cases being impossible to win in a trial, he got me a NOT GUILTY verdict and ALL MY CHARGES WERE DROPPED. I have never seen someone so knowledgeable and skilled in law, he knew every angle to attack and was the best cross examiner I have ever witnessed. He is skilled confident, and experienced. He was a pit bull in that court room and I was so lucky to have him on my side. Do yourself a favor and hire him to represent you for whatever legal issue you are having. He fought for me and for that I will be forever grateful
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Posted by Gabby | October 1, 2019
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Family law
Thanks to Mr. Karalash my daughter has her baby. He was aggressive in our case. Didn’t back down nor does he get intimidated. Looks like he knows what his doing. He was always in time and had an open communication with us at all times. Never gave us fake expectations of what to expect in court. What I loved the most is his partner attorney L.Porter. She knows her family law inside out.
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Posted by Diane | March 11, 2017
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Kick-ass defense against government overreach
I hired Dan Karalash to defend a professional license when the Department of Insurance railroaded me in the administrative court. He was relentless in his defense. The result was to clear my license completely.
Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2015
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Good Man, Excellent Litagator
Dan is upfront, to the point and presented my case as directed. At this time the court dismissed 50% of the charges against me and we are currently preparing for trial...
Posted by Irina | August 27, 2015
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Posted by Juana | January 16, 2015
Best lawyer that I know
It is my privilege to recommend Dan Karalash, an excellent lawyer that helped me and my family with an immigration case. Thanks to Dan that won my husband case my children got their daddy back home for Christmas.
Posted by Michael | January 13, 2015
Dan Karalash: Strategic Law Command
Dan and the entire team are knowledgeable, provide excellent advice and strong follow up across multiple disciplines. They have handled personal matters for me as well, and also function as General Counsel for my company. Great value for level of expertise and service this firm provides.
Posted by Brian | January 10, 2015
Great team!
We had an excellent experience with this team of attorneys. We were always informed and communicated with. They helped us win our custody case and get unhandled matters settled. We appreciate their dedication to our family.
Posted by Tho | January 4, 2015
Mr. Karalash was very professional with handling my case. To my experience, he is an expert in what he does. He has knowledge like any TOP NOTCH Lawyers would have. When it comes to a jury trial, Mr. Karalash is the man that's going to prove to the juries that you're not GUILTY!!! Why let the government bully you around because you don't know the law? when Mr. Karalash is one dial away when you need legal help! Mr. Karalash is 100% guarantee satisfaction. If you don't believe me then there is only one way to find out for yourself... Call Daniel Michael Karalash
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Posted by Miren | April 28, 2014
A great lawyer and a truly good person
Dan Karalash is an extremely knowledgable lawyer with a marked lack of tolerance for injustice. He simply will not accept defeat and allow an injustice to take place on his watch. He fights for his clients aggressively, emphatically and creatively with any and all tools available to him. When Dan Karalash takes your case, he commits 100% and will not back down. He represented my son at a very difficult time in what should have been a very simple matter, a school yard fight. My son had never been disciplined by the schools in his life until he was forced to defend himself when another student attacked him. 13 completely absurd hearings later, he was still with us and the charges were finally dismissed. At no point during the entire 18 month process did I feel anything other than a positive outcome was possible, thanks to Dan's aggressive confidence and unwillingness to settle for anything but justice. Dan is a great lawyer, he is also a good, ethical, moral person who does what is right at every step of the way. I have referred him to many, many friends over the years, primarily for family law and, without exception, they have all been very happy with his representation.
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Posted by Ignacio | April 22, 2014
Karalash is there when it counts
Dan Karalash is an outstanding attorney who immediately makes his presence felt. In one of my worst moments of my life, he was a lifesaver. He pulled multiple rabbits out of his hat and made the impossible happen. He is the one lawyer who truly delivers much more than he promised. Dan is the BEST!
Posted by Dean | September 29, 2013
The only defense attorney worth listening to!
Karalash knows how to fight and win! When we met, I had three lawsuits against me. Karalash settled two with zero benefit to the plaintiffs. The third went to a Jury trial. Karalash got the exact judgement I was expecting. Since completion of the trial, I have no one suing me! Mission accomplished, I'm a happy client!
Posted by Monica | March 5, 2013
Highly Reccomended
Dan Karalash has helped me out of several binds, all of which should have been avoided entirely. In one instance I was falsely accused of a hit-and-run and was held at the scene and without access to my parents as a minor. And all of this was only 4 hours before I needed to be on a flight to the other side of the country. Dan not only talked me out of hysteria and coached me over the phone to calm the situation, but sped over to meet me there before things got out of control. Thanks to his quick response time, willingness to show up, and calculated tactics, I was able to leave within 45 minutes of his arrival. Had it not been for Dan I may have been taken to official custody or worse. Regardless of your situation I highly recommend Dan Karalash's services.
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Posted by Kenan | February 20, 2013
Great lawyer!
Dan Karalash has helped me with a case that quite frankly shouldn't have been anything. I was caught under the system and his help and guidance on what is to be expected and manner of response was fantastic. I highly recommend this lawyer for his responsive presence and ability to keep me informed and calm. Highly recommended for any case
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Karalash & Associates
  • 1997 - Present
  • Professor
  • University Of Northern California, Lorenzo Patino School Of Law
  • 2000 - 2009
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Sacramento County District Attorney
  • 1995 - 1997


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1990
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981


  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse Daniel
Litigation Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been doing jury trials for over 27 years, and Dan Karalash is by far the best trial attorney I have ever witnessed in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dan is the consummate professional. His work as local counsel proved critical to the successful resolution of a challenging matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Having had the opportunity to work as co-counsel with Mr. Karalash, I can say without hesitation that he is a zealous and effective advocate for his clients."
Military law Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dan and I defended a hotly contested, "no win" court-martial case with three separate complainants alleging sexual assault. After multiple delays and a lengthy motion practice, we provided our client the best representation possible and, considering the facts, received the best outcome possible. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Dan for over 20 years, dating back to his time as a military officer. As a fellow lawyer, I can say that Dan's intellect, toughness, work ethic and personal conduct are impressive."
Family Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Daniel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've personally known Mr. Karalash for many years and know that he is a top flight attorney. His vast knowledge and years of criminal defense experience are apparent and I am pleased to endorse him as an outstanding lawyer in the Sacramento community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Roseville Criminal defense Lawyer Daniel Michael Karalash
Daniel Michael Karalash
Criminal defense Attorney
Roseville, CA
Licensed for 28 years