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John Michael Kucera

Criminal defense Attorney at Redding, CA

4.6   17 reviews

also known as Selectively Accepting Clients On A Case-By-Case Basis

  • Licensed for 42 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1980
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Criminal Defense includes Felonies, Misdemeanors, Infractions, Juvenile crimes and related DMV Issues. Crimes include but are not limited to: Property crimes, (theft, vandalism, Burglary); Vioent Crimes (Homicide, Domestic Violence, Assaults with or without a deadly weapon, Battery); Drug crimes (use, possession, cultivation, sales or transportation), and;Traffic offenses (Vehicular Manslaughter, DUI, Reckless driving, commercial trucking and other Vehicle Code offenses).

    43 years, 7,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    43 years

  3. Domestic violence

    43 years

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket

    43 years

  5. Federal crime

    43 years

  6. Juvenile law

    43 years

John M. Kucera has practiced law for over 40 years and has provided professional, aggressive and personalized services to individuals seeking representation for defense of State and Federal crimes.

Professional Associations Include: California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), California Public Defender's Association (CPDA), National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Northern California Contact Attorney for National Rifle Association (NRA), Shasta-Trinity County Bar Association (STCBA)-[Chairman of the Criminal Law Section 1995-1999].

 Admitted to California Supreme Court, Federal Northern District Court and Federal Eastern District Court in 1980. Former Prosecutor for the Shasta County District Attorney from 1982-1986. Former Judge Pro-Tempore for Shasta County Superior Court. Community College and Law Enforcement Instructor.

John currently is selectively accepting clients on a case-by-case basis.

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John M. Kucera
1416 West Street
Redding, CA, 96001-1626


4.6 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by Kevin | July 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
District Court Violation
Got a ticket (violation noice) in the National Park. John is very professional and helpful answering my questions and concern. He is very straight-forward and confident to talk to. Glad to get his help and understand the situation.
Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Great Help
I hired John Kucera last year to help me with allegations my soon-to-be ex-wife made against me. The thing that made me trust him most was the advise he gave months before I'd hired him: "Don't hire me until you need me." Most lawyers would want to be hired as soon as possible; John waited, talked to me when I called/emailed, never charged me beforehand, and then when the time seemed appropriate, he said, "Now is when you hire me." John checked on my situation regularly, gave me updates whenever I asked, and was very reassuring. Thankfully the case was never brought to court, quite possibly because of conversations & correspondence John had with the law enforcement.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A good result
I was referred to John Kucera for local assistance on a client’s traffic issue, which proved to be successful. Mr. Kucera was responsive, courteous, professional and well-versed in the subject matter, and his experience with the forum in question was evident. He efficiently produced the hoped-for outcome, confirming his evaluation of the issue in a manner that favorably resolved it. I appreciated his efforts.
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Posted by Jason | October 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond
John is a great lawyer that actually seems to care about the people he represents! He did a great job communicating with me on what was happening and going to happen so that I really understood what to expect. Other lawyers told me to expect 6 months in jail and John got the feds to accept a simple fine! I never jad to go to one court date John handled everything! Thanks again John!
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Posted by William | February 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
When you need the best.
Brought John a case that I thought would send me to prison, instead I ended up with probation and a suspended sentence. Wow. Worth every penny... There were four critical moments in the case and all four times he got the best possible result. I just don't see how those four all would have gone my way with a public defender or just any lawyer. John is very good at what he does. He was very thorough with regard to evidence and the details of the case. This wasn't my first rodeo and I've never had a lawyer do that before. They all seem to ignore the details of the case. Not John, he wanted to know anything in the police report that was wrong, any evidence I had etc. He also sent me detailed letters at every stage letting me what was happening next, anything I needed to do etc. Also never seen a lawyer do that before. Only criticism: he's not very communicative via email (though he does seem to read anything you send him) and the only way I could reach him was by calling his office. Him being in court a lot makes it hard to reach him as a result. I could already sense this before I hired him but at the end of the day, do you want an average lawyer who is easy to reach or a superstar? I went with the superstar and it was the right choice. The letters he sent also mitigated this, he seems to know exactly what questions people may have and answers them in advance.
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Posted by Nick | December 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top notch
I needed someone who would take on the system. From the first talk with his office I knew he was the one by how professional the secretary was. After my Talk in person with Kucera. I felt relaxed and confident going in front of the judge. I also was impressed with how he handled himself in the court room. He definitely knows what he is doing. And most of all got the results I wanted.
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Posted by Walt | May 4, 2015
Prosecutor turned Defense Attorney
Shasta County residents should consider themselves truly fortunate to have such a phenomenal defense attorney in their midst. We initially chose John for representation primarily because he had several years experience working as a prosecuting attorney prior to working as a defense attorney. It only stands to reason that his role working in both capacities makes him absolutely invaluable when it comes to strategizing and arguing for one's defense. That said, we found it refreshing that he was, also, very easy to talk to and was often a source of strength for us when we were distressed. We found him to be understanding, reasonable, and very knowledgeable in his field. He was persistent and tenacious in our defense, and he did a great job at keeping us informed every step of the way. His dogged determination and thorough investigation ultimately resulted in the dismissal of the case against us. Hopefully, we will never find ourselves in the position of needing to hire a defense attorney again, but should that day ever come, we would not hesitate to hire John Kucera again.
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Posted by Christopher | January 14, 2015
Review on behalf of my daughter
I hired John Kucera to represent my daughter who was falsely accused of obstruction and assault against the Redding Police Department. Although I never met him he was recommended to me by a friend and believe me he is worth EVERY penny. He not only saved my daughter from a Criminal Record he also reimbursed over 50% of what I paid him. An extremely honest and trustworthy lawyer, well worth the rating that he has.
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2014
Relief at last...
A year ago I met with Mr. Kucera to see if he could help me get my conviction from 40 + years ago cleared. He worked many hours trying to find a way to clear me of a mistake made as a teenager. He was successful, and now I will be able to enjoy my new found life without that burden. I will never be able to thank him for all he did for me. He was compassionate and understanding and his knowledge of the law and sheer determination was what made this happen. If you are in need of an attorney who will actually "help" you with your problems and fight for your rights, then Mr. Kucera is the person you want to represent you. Thank you John!
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Posted by Randy | August 27, 2013
John did a great job!`
5.0 star rating 8/27/2013 In 2012 I was falsely accused by my ex partners of stealing and charged with four counts of stealing or attempting to steal property from foreclosed homes. Nothing could be further from the truth but the district attorney's office and their investigator interviewed over 60 witnesses and stacked them against me. I was never even interviewed! How could that happen? At the time, the case seemed pretty hopeless. Acting on a referral, I interviewed and hired John Kucera to represent me when I learned of the rumors and accusations. I knew I needed a solid attorney on my side and for my protection. Mr. Kucera was integral from the time charges were brought and, with his meticulous and thorough investigation, he mounted a defense that at times seemed hopeless due to fighting the state DA's office with countless resources. During the three-week jury trial that ensued in 2013, John was able to discredit all of the prosecutions witnesses, bring the truth to the surface and I was found NOT GUILTY and acquitted of all charges after only three hours of the jury deliberation. (with a lunch break). After the trial, even the jurors discussed that during deliberations that if they ever found themselves in a similar situation, they would hire Mr. Kucera due to his court presence and experience. That's a clue! Were it not for John's experience and expertise, I could have lost a state issued license, my livelihood and everything that I owned and worked for. I highly recommend Mr. Kucera for his knowledgeable and aggressive defense. He cared not only that justice was being served but that I had someone that believed in me. A friend in a time of need. Don"t listen to the haters. If it's important, choose John!
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2013
A positive endorsement....
What I appreciated most about John was he was always calm, prepared, and organized. He always kept me apprised of my case and what to expect. I never felt like he was blind-sighted by anything. He was very professional and respectful to the court staff, the judges, and the members of the District Attorney's office. He had my best interests at heart; he protected me from the media and ensured my case would be handled fairly. Nobody ever wants to be in a position to have to hire a defense attorney, probably one of the most stressful times in my life! After reviewing several attorneys and their backgrounds, I hired John...and I am so grateful I did!
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2012
Six "Strict Liability" Felonies
I was charged with six "Strict Liability" felonies, that I did not commit. The felonies all carried a mandatory State prison sentences. The Assistant District Attorney used the case to wage a personal vendetta against me because I opposed the expansion of Redding City Government in the past and the District Attorney allowed her actions. John very skillfully eliminated 5 of the charges very quickly. He then fought every attempt the ADA made to limit our defense. The ADA tried to control the evidence and testimony and therefore control what the Judge and Jury saw and heard. John thwarted all her attempts. John adeptly destroyed the testimony of every prosecution witness the ADA put on the stand. Even Police Officers contradicted their previous testimony. The trial ended in a hung jury. The ADA filed to have another trial. A newly appointed DA overrode the ADA's personal vendetta and settled the case. After five years, the case was over. I am very pleased with the job that John did and I am happy to recommend him unconditionally.
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Posted by Richard | July 29, 2012
Excellent Representation
John Kucera is a personable professional who is more than capable of representing your legal rights and wishes as a client. As a professional biologist falsely accused of a serious felony crime, John saw that my case was promptly handled by the court and that prosecutors considered all facts in the case - including erroneous, accusational statements made by law enforcement that contradicted their own auditory recording of events. At the same time, his friendly demeanor kept me as at ease as one could be under the circumstances throughout the case. John is a consummate, efficient professional attorney whom you can trust with you legal needs. Thanks again, John!
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2010
I absolutely recommend Mr Kucera
Helped us out on a couple of difficult cases. Mr Kucera and his staff were helpful and sensitive without making us feel like criminals. Hire John if you really want quality representation!
Posted by Dapphney Lowe | October 24, 2009
Mr. Kucera's professionalism and experience has built an excellent rapport with his clients.
I would highly recommend Mr. Kucera to handle any future litigation I may encounter. Mr Kucera has handled all my cases promptly and efficiently. I trust him as my Attorney.
Posted by Karl | February 16, 2015
Nice guy and quick to get the job done but WAY overcharges
This guy charged me $1500 to expunge my record. It literally took him less than 15 minutes to make a phone call, file the paperwork, and finish it off. That's $1500 for less that 15 minutes of work. Is that fair and reasonable? Outside of that though, he seemed to be very knowledgeable and helpful.
Response from John Kucera December 10, 2015
The case was handled quickly and efficiently and the client received exactly what was requested. Clients sometimes forget the years of education and the time thereafter it takes to get to the point where an insurmountable problem to a client, becomes an everyday issue to an experienced attorney. A proficient, skilled and knowledgeable attorney is able to meet the demands of a client and often, clients do not think about the result they received based upon the experience of their counsel, but rather, what it cost to obtain that result
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Well we have had a hard time getting this lawyer to call us back, my granddaughter had given up getting this taken care of and hopefully the one time he did he was in the hospital with the virus but assured us that he would finish this up, as soon as he got out of the hospital. That was months and months ago and we have tried to get in touch with him and no one answers the phone or calls us back. But he does have our $1500. dollars. So frustrated that like one of the comments I read it could have been done quickly.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Sole proprietor
  • John M. Kucera, Attorney At Law
  • 1986 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Shasta County Superior Court
  • 2002 - 2016
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Shasta County Office Of The District Attorney
  • 1982 - 1986
  • Instructor
  • State Of California
  • 1980 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Insurance Defense Counsel
  • 1980 - 1982
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  • University of San Fernando Valley
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • B.B.A.
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • People vs Burger
  • Not Guilty on all 39 counts


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • National Rifle Association
  • Contact Attorney For Northern California
  • 1986 - Present
  • Shasta Trinity Counties Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Shasta Trinity Counties Bar Association
  • Chairman
  • 1995 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Certificate Of Appreciation
  • Shasta County Marshall's Office
  • 2011
  • Certificate Of Appreciation As Judge Protempore
  • Superior Court Of California
  • 2001
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • State Contractor's License Board
  • 1986
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Speaking Engagements

  • Nuts and Bolts of DUI
  • Laws Pertaining to DUI
  • 2009
  • DUI and Traffic Enforcement
  • Nuts and Bolts of DUI and Traffic Enforcement
  • 1986

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse John
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John Kucera has a reputation as one of the best attorneys in Northern California. I have watched John in court and have been very impressed with how he conducts himself and with the results he obtains for client. In fact, if I have a question that needs to be bounced off another attorney, John Kucera is the person I call. I highly recommend John Kucera for any criminal defense matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an excellent attorney that gets great results for his clients. I would highly recommend John."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. John is highly qualified and experienced."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with John on several criminal cases and enjoy the complementary styles we've developed. I certainly would feel safe that he would fight hard and intelligently for good results if I were charged with a criminal misconduct."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. John Kucera is an excellent lawyer. His experience, knowledge, and dedication is exemplary. I would recommend him to anyone who wants the best defense attorney."
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