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Prop 64 and old marijuana convictions

Last night, California voters passed Proposition 64 which made sweeping changes to the marijuana laws. Possession by adults over 21 for personal, recreational use is now (as of 12:01 Wednesday November 9, 2016) legal in California.  There are also changes to the laws regarding prior convictions for possession, cultivation and distribution or possession for sale […]

Shoplifting and Corrective Education Company (CEC) class

There’s another twist to shoplifting cases now – Corrective Education Company (CEC).   I recently heard about somebody that was stopped and accused of shoplifting in a large store – it rhymes with Walmart – and was told that either they admit guilt and agree to go to a “diversion” class through Corrective Education Company […]

I got caught shoplifting and got a letter to pay hundreds of dollars. Now what?

Caught shoplifting and now you get a letter from a lawyer demanding hundreds of dollars.  Does that mean that you’re facing criminal charges?  If you pay their demand, does it stop charges from being filed?  What about if you ignore the letter? Does that mean they will then file criminal charges or call the police? […]

The police didn’t read me my rights! Now what? Miranda and the law

What happens if the police didn’t read you your rights?  Can your entire case be thrown out or dismissed?   Please click to play audio (approximately 4 minutes):     Transcript of audio:   Hi – it’s Orange County defense attorney Joe Dane.   Today, I’m going to talk about one of the most frequent […]

Shoplifting and Civil Demand letters – Audio Podcast

Please click to play:   Transcript of audio: Hi. This is Orange County defense attorney Joe Dane.   Today I’m going to talk about shoplifting and civil demand letters.   If you were detained or accused of shoplifting in a store, one of two things may have happened: They could have called the police. If you […]