Law Office of Lance Dacre

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Expunging a Criminal Record in California

Did you know that most criminal convictions are a matter of public record? That means that anyone—an employer, a landlord or even an ex-girlfriend, can find out if you have been convicted of a criminal offense. That can make it difficult to get the job you want, live in the apartments of your choice, or […]

Challenging a DUI in California – Part Two

Under California law, you can be arrested and charged with driving under the influence if you take a blood test and it shows that you had a blood alcohol content of .08 (8 percent) or higher. As a general rule, police must have probable cause to arrest you and require a warrant to take a […]

What is Robbery in California?

Though robbery is similar to theft (it involves the wrongful taking of someone else’s property), there are a number of specific elements that differentiate it and make it a far more serious offense. Here are some of the key differences between theft and robbery. Theft Defined The traditional definition of theft, also called larceny, includes […]

The Difference between Larceny and Robbery

If you’ve been arrested for or are under investigation for the theft of property, you may have heard the terms “larceny” and “robbery” bandied about, perhaps even used interchangeably. Under the law, though, they are not the same thing, though there are elements that are similar to both offenses. What is Larceny? Larceny is a […]

Is Drunk Driving a Misdemeanor or a Felony in California?

If you or someone you love has been stopped and arrested for drinking and driving, one of your first concerns will be about the severity and nature of the charge. How is drunk driving prosecuted in California? Is it a traffic offense, a misdemeanor or a felony? In short answer, a DUI in California may […]

What Constitutes a Burglary?

What Constitutes a Burglary in California? In California, as in other states, a “theft crime” is relatively generic and can mean any of a number of offenses, some misdemeanors and some felonies. There’s a broad spectrum of crimes that qualify as theft offenses, from shoplifting to grand theft, from petty theft to embezzlement. In this […]

Drunk Driver Who Killed Boy Seeks to Withdraw Plea

A former high school basketball coach, sentenced to 12 years in prison after entering a no-contest plea in a manslaughter prosecution, has filed a request with the court to withdraw the plea, citing new evidence. Loren LeBeau, who coached at Central High in Los Angeles, entered the plea and was sentenced in 2013. He has […]

What Constitutes Illegal Gambling?

There was a time when gambling was illegal everywhere except Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Though all that has changed, with casinos, pari-mutuel betting tracks and poker rooms being legalized in many states, there are still certain types of gambling, or gaming, that are prohibited in every state. Gambling Defined Though the specifics can vary […]

What to Do If You Are Served with a Restraining Order in California

How to Respond if You Are Served with a Restraining Order Though the most common objective of a restraining order is to limit contact between the person served and others, typically a spouse or children, a restraining order can also require that the recipient fulfill other requirements, including payment of child or spousal support, payment […]

Defending Against a Charge of Distributing Child Pornography in California

Under California law, you can be charged with a felony if you sell or distribute any “obscene” material that include people under the age of 18. You can even be charged with a felony for simply possessing these types of materials, if it can be shown that you had the intent to distribute them. The […]

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