Law Office of Lance Dacre

For a free confidential consultation with an experienced American canyon criminal defense lawyer, please call attorney Lance Dacre at (707) 534-1854.

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 […]

Legalize Pot in California?

Advocates of legalization of pot hope 2012 will see the Golden State turn green. The Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012, filed with the Attorney General of California, calls for the possession and use of marijuana by adults to be legalized.

What is the California Statute of Limitations for Theft?

Did you expect a simple answer to this simple question? Under California law, the statute of limitations might be one year, three years, or four years for a theft crime, depending on the circumstances. The clock might start running at the time of the crime, or months, even years later. Three years of limitation might stretch over the course of a much longer period of time, and possibly never expire.

Theft by Deception

Finders, keepers? Not in California, where Penal Code Section 484-502.9 specifically states that keeping lost property if you have knowledge of its true owner is a crime.

Do Drug Tests Lie? California Drug Testing Laws

There are solid reasons for the controversy surrounding California drug testing laws, and for cases where drug test results were ruled inadmissible due to faulty practices: Invasion of privacy, Inaccurate tests, Illogical prejudice against casual users, False imprisonment by employers, Random testing of high school students, Initiating criminal charges on the basis of workplace testing, Illegal traffic stops. Workplace or institutional drug testing that is leveraged by an employer into malicious criminal charges.

Avoid California Felony Theft Penalties for Shoplifting

A person charged with shoplifting or another type of petty theft may not realize how important it is to stage an aggressive defense in the earliest stages of proceedings. In pre-trial actions, defense counsel may be able to have charges reduced from felony theft to misdemeanor theft, a critical distinction. The penalties and other consequences for a felony theft conviction are far more severe than for a misdemeanor conviction.

Possession of Marijuana in California

Although California is more liberal in general regarding possession of small amounts of marijuana, it does not mean that a marijuana possession charge is something to take lightly.

Can You Avoid Jail in Marijuana Drug Charges?

If you have been arrested for or charged with a marijuana offense in California you may be worried and rightfully so. Society in general looks down on drug offenses and accordingly the laws regarding drug offenses can be harsh.

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