Tag Archives: Theft

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? […]

Shoplifting and Theft Defenses

Arrested for shoplifting?  What do you do if you didn’t mean to steal?   Please click to play the audio:   Transcript:   Hi – This is Orange County Defense attorney Joe Dane. I’ve posted many articles, podcasts and videos about theft and shoplifting allegations, but today, I’m going to talk specifically about defenses to […]

Caught shoplifting – police weren’t called. Will I face charges? Fines?

I get lots of questions about shoplifting incidents.  Many times, the question is:  “I was detained by store personnel for shoplifting, but the police weren’t called.  They made me sign some papers and let me go, telling me I would have to pay a fine.  What is going to happen?” Are the police going to […]

Possession of Burglary Tools (Penal Code section 466)

Even if you don’t actually commit a burglary by entering a structure (see this post for more information about burglary), California still outlaws the possession of certain items.  Under Penal Code section 466, it is illegal to possess any of the following items (Definitions: of what these items are below): picklock crow keybit crowbar screwdriver […]