Law Office of Lance Dacre

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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 […]

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 […]

Gang – Related Crimes in California

California Laws—Gang-Related Activity Under California law, you can be charged with a separate criminal offense for participating in a street gang, or for engaging in activity that is considered to aid or assist a street gang in any criminal act or conduct. The law requires that you know that members of the gang are or […]

Your Rights When Dealing with the Police

Protecting Your 4th Amendment Rights When Dealing with Police Under the provisions of the United States Constitution, police and law enforcement officers are restricted in the ways they can obtain evidence in a criminal investigation. Specifically, the 4th Amendment says that “the people” have a right not to be subjected to “unreasonable searches or seizure,” […]

Florida Fires Guards after Inmate Deaths

California Laws Governing Violent Acts—What Constitutes Great Bodily Injury? After the deaths of inmates at seven different prisons in Florida, an investigation by the state’s Department of Corrections has resulted in the termination of 32 prison guards, all of whom had been cited for either criminal misconduct or other inappropriate acts. Michael Crews, Florida’s Secretary […]

Mentally Ill Often End Up Incarcerated

Studies Show that Mentally Ill Not Well-Treated in American Justice System Recent studies across the United States indicate that it is commonplace in jails across the country for mentally ill persons who have been arrested to spend most of their time in isolation—often for up to 23 hours a day. Though many state facilities have […]

License Plate Scanners Tested by Police to Spot Offenders

Police Trying Out Technology to Track Wanted Persons Law enforcement officers in Virginia have a new pair of electronic eyes on the force—an infrared scanner that reads license plates and immediately checks a national database to determine if the driver is wanted by authorities. If the scanner returns a positive—a stolen vehicle or an APB […]

Civil Forfeiture Programs under Scrutiny

Former Department of Justice Officials Say It’s Time to Shut Down Civil Forfeiture Programs John Yoder, director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture Office from 1983 to 1985, says the program has gotten out of hand and needs to be abolished. In light of reports that the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has turned […]

Parents Face Potential Loss of Home for Son’s Crime

Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Attempts to Seize Home for Son’s Drug Crime Homeowner Christos Sourovelis has joined others in a federal class-action lawsuit against the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, claiming that the office’s civil forfeiture program is out-of-hand, and that the prosecutor’s office is less interested in stopping illegal drug activity than it is in […]

What Not to Wear When You Appear in Court

Man Wears “Crime Pays” Tee Shirt to Preliminary Hearing on Murder Charge A Philadelphia man, arrested and charged with homicide in the death of an art student, showed up for his preliminary hearing sporting a tee shirt with the words “Crime Pays” across the front. Jeremiah Jakson, 22, lived at the same boarding house as […]

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