What Factors Should You Consider When Hiring An Attorney?


Law has become similar to the practice of medicine in that nobody would go to a foot doctor if they had a problem with their heart. Similarly, an individual charged with a crime should not go to a divorce attorney for the purposes of being defended on a criminal charge.

John M. Kucera focuses his practice solely on criminal defense. With nearly 40 years of experience, that focus is backed by experience as a former prosecuting deputy district attorney and judge.

Attorney John M. Kucera has practiced law since 1980 and has provided professional, aggressive and personalized services to individuals seeking defense against state and federal crime charges. He served as prosecutor for the Shasta County District Attorney's Office from 1982 to 1986, as a judge pro tempore for Shasta County Superior Court and as a community college and law enforcement instructor.

Professional Association Membership

  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ)
  • California Public Defenders Association (CPDA)
  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Northern California Contact Attorney for the National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • Shasta-Trinity Counties Bar Association (STCBA)
  • Chairman of the Criminal Law Section 1995 to 1999

Admissions To Practice Law

Admitted to the California Supreme Court, Federal Northern District Court and Federal Eastern District Court in 1980

Peer Ratings

Martindale-Hubbell* peer review ratings help buyers of legal services identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for a specific task. Lawyer ratings serve as an objective indicator that a lawyer has the highest ethical standards and professional ability, and are used by buyers of legal services to justify their hiring decisions. Lawyer John M. Kucera has been honored with a BV Distinguished rating.

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With the advent of internet advertising and "jail mail," hundreds of law firms advertise nationwide through hyperspace or mass mailings to anyone who has been arrested.

These "case brokers" purport to be experienced nationwide firms that represent clients in these jurisdictions without knowing anything about the judges, prosecutors or the system in place.

Many of these advertisers take on clients for a large fee, subcontract the case to attorneys in the local area, pay the local attorney a lesser fee, pocket the difference and do nothing for the client.

John M. Kucera maintains his own cases in every jurisdiction and controls the quality of his practice by providing aggressive, individual and personal representation.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.