J. Francisco Karwash

J. Francisco Karwash

Sole Practitioner
Hayward, California

I was born in San Francisco, California and have been a lifelong resident of the East Bay and the San Francisco Bay Area. My parents are natives of Nicaragua and come from a hard working class family. My family spoke primarily Spanish in the home so I learned to speak both fluent Spanish and English at an early age Because of my background, I understand and appreciate the various pressures and issues hard working people face in the community. I grew up and went to high school in the East Bay city of Newark. I graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2001 with a degree in legal studies During college I worked for the Own Recognizance Project in Berkeley, helping release people from jail. I continue to have a relationship with the program and have been invited multiple times to speak to the students who are presently members of the Own Recognizance Project. After college, I attended Seton Hall University School of Law in New Jersey. During law school I worked for the Legal Aid Society of New York helping families and youth from the Bronx with their juvenile criminal cases. I am a committed, considerate, and concerned individual devoted to protecting and fighting for people charged with crimes. I have represented clients at trial in robbery, resisting arrest, sexual assault, child molestation, and assault with deadly weapon cases. When I am not representing people accused of crimes, I play the guitar, read. play chess, and take my dog for a walk.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Criminal Law
  • Sex Offenses
  • Traffic Violations
  • Robbery, Burglary, Larceny, Shoplifting
  • Homicide
  • Criminal Law - Federal (White Collar Crime)
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Theft-Identity, Auto, Petty
  • Firearms Possession-Weapons Violations
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Arson
  • Kidnapping
  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • Domestic Violence
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Harassment
  • Expungement/Sealing Records
  • Probation/Parole Violations
  • Fraud (Credit Card, Insurance, Tax Evasion, Bank)
  • Appeals/Writs
  • Terrorist Threats
  • Three Strikes Law (California, Florida)
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Police Brutality
  • Bench Warrants
  • Aiding & Abetting
  • Conspiracy
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Military Law
  • Veteran's Claims
  • Discharge Upgrades
  • Uniform Code of Military Justice
  • Tax Fraud/Tax Evasion
  • Courts Martial Appeals
  • Military Administrative Law
  • Courts Martial Trials
  • Theft
  • Identity Theft
  • Anti-Trust Violations
  • Prescription Drug Crimes
  • Real Estate Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Telemarketing Fraud
  • Mail and Wire Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Welfare Fraud
  • Check Fraud
  • Public Assistance Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Racketeering
  • Extortion
  • Bribery
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Larceny
  • Embezzlement
  • Price Fixing
  • Insider Trading
  • Investment Schemes (Ponzi Schemes)
  • Money Laundering
  • Misappropriation of Funds
  • Computer/Internet Crimes
  • Drug Crimes
  • Megan's Law-Sex Offender Registry/Failure to Register
  • Distribution of Controlled Substances
  • Drug Manufacturing
  • Drug Cultivation
  • Illegal Search & Seizure
  • Drug Import/Export
  • Federal Drug Crimes
  • Juvenile Drug Crimes
  • Juvenile Sex Crimes
  • Drug Smuggling
  • Drug Possession (Marijuana, Meth, Cocaine, Heroin, Prescription Drugs)
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Prescription Fraud
  • Sex Crimes
  • Internet Solicitation
  • Luring a Minor
  • Child Pornography
  • Child Molestation
  • Forcible Rape
  • Date Rape
  • Statutory Rape
  • Sexual Assault/Abuse/Battery
  • Prostitution
  • Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Pimping
  • Indecent Exposure/Lewd Conduct
  • Sodomy
  • Campus Sex Crimes
  • Underage/Minor DWI
  • Driving with a Suspended License
  • Reckless Driving
  • Furnishing Alcohol
  • Dram Shop/Bar Liability
  • Commercial Driver DWI
  • Open Container/Bottle
  • Drug-Related DWI
  • Know Your Miranda Rights
  • Implied Consent
  • Blood Tests & Search Warrants
  • ALR Hearings
  • White Collar Crimes

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2006


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D.
  • U.C. Berkeley College, Berkeley, California
    • B.A. - 2001
    • Major: Legal Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Superlawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alameda County Bar Association, Member, 2006 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member, 2006 - Present


  • Spanish
  • English

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J. Francisco Karwash, Attorney at Law
24072 Myrtle Street
Hayward, California 94541

Phone: 510-868-0774
Hayward Law Office Map

For existing clients: 510-868-0774
San Francisco: 415-676-8532
Santa Clara County: 408-708-9534
Contra Costa County Phone: 925-353-6927

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