Law Office of Lance Dacre

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What Happens if the Police Accidentally Violate Your 4th Amendment Rights?

Under the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, citizens have the right to be free from “unreasonable searches and seizures.” As interpreted by the Supreme Court since its inception, that provision generally means that law enforcement officers must have “probable cause” to conduct a search. That can come from a warrant, signed by a judge, […]

Does the 4th Amendment Cover Searches by Private Security Personnel?

More and more, business owners and private communities are hiring private security personnel to monitor and protect property, homeowners and customers. Under the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, you have a right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures—police officers cannot conduct a search without a warrant or without probable cause. Does that […]

What Happens If a Search is Deemed Illegal?

Under the 4th Amendment, you have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. The Amendment specifically requires that any warrant obtained for a search be based on probable cause. In addition, the courts have allowed warrantless searches where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. What happens, though, if the police conduct […]

When Is a Warrantless Search Legal?

If you have been pulled over by police or are under investigation for a crime, you may be asked to submit to a search of your vehicle, your home or your person. Under the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, you have a right to be free from “unreasonable searches and seizures.” But what does […]

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 […]

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