John M. Kucera

John M. Kucera

Redding, California

During the course of law school, John was a member of the San Fernando Neighborhood Legal Services Project as well as the Los Angeles County Bar Immigration Legal Services Project where he volunteered his time representing indigent clients. After becoming a member of the California and Federal Bar in 1980, he worked as associate Defense Counsel for major insurance companies, mainly in the area of personal injury.

From 1982 through 1986, John served as a Deputy District Attorney for the Shasta County District Attorney's Office. There he prosecuted misdemeanor crimes and advanced to juvenile prosecution, prosecution of general major felonies, sex offenses, drug offenses, marijuana cultivation and methamphetamine lab prosecution. With the advent of new laws related to boating, he helped formulate the Shasta County Sheriff's Office Boating Under the Influence Program on Shasta Lake, and ended his tenure by prosecuting White Collar Crime cases.

In 1992 the partnership of Kucera and Wilson was formed and specialized in Criminal Defense and Personal Injury cases. That partnership continued until July 2000.

Between 1995 and 1999, John was the Chairman of the Shasta-Trinity County Bar Association's Criminal Bar and is currently the Northern California contact attorney for the National Rifle Association (NRA) on weapons-related issues.

As a Community College Instructor, he has taught criminal law and procedure as well as substance-abuse classes related to driving under the influence. He has lectured and trained members of the National Park Service and Shasta County Sheriff's Office in law enforcement of Driving and Boating Under The Influence. Upon request of the court, he sits as a Shasta County Superior Court Judge "pro tempore" in traffic cases.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Litigation & Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1981


  • University of San Fernando Valley College of Law, Panorama City, California
    • J.D. - 1979
  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
    • B.B.A. - 1976


  • Instructor, Criminal Law, Community College
  • Lecturer, Law Enforcement of Driving and Boating Under The Influence, National Park Service and Shasta County Sheriff's Office

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member
  • California Public Defender's Association, Member
  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyer, Member
  • Shasta-Trinity County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, Chairman, 1995 - 1999