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Joseph Briscoe Dane

also known as Joe Dane

About me

I was a Deputy District Attorney for over 12 years prior to
becoming a criminal defense attorney.  I worked in Tulare and Orange
Counties, prosecuting every type of criminal case, including driving
under the influence, theft, three strikes, domestic violence, gang
cases and homicides.  I spent six years in the prosecution of serious
sexual assault cases.  For over a year, I  worked closely with law enforcement in a
narcotics task force assignment.  That assignment included extensive
work on search warrants and wiretap cases.   I believe I have  earned the respect of my colleagues in
the District Attorney’s Office as well as with the judges I have
appeared before.  I have handled thousands of cases during all stages of
criminal prosecution – from case assessment and the filing of criminal
charges to trial and sentencing.


Before attending law school, I worked for over three years as
a reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s
Department.  During that time, I worked uniformed patrol and was
involved in all aspects of criminal investigation, from traffic stops
to bank robberies and homicide cases. During my time in the academy,
I received honors as the top cadet in academics and firearms.  I was also given the highest award and
named Honor Cadet by the Sheriff’s Department.


In addition to being a trial lawyer, I have taught extensively
on many aspects of the law.  I currently teach all areas of criminal
law at a state-approved police academy, including courses on search and
seizure law, criminal interrogation and the laws of arrest.  I also
teach a course on homicide investigation at a local community
college.  I have trained other prosecutors during seminars for the
California District Attorney’s Association (CDAA) in the areas of trial
tactics and crimes against children.


After leaving the DA’s office, I opened my own practice, focused exclusively on criminal defense.  As a solo practitioner, every client gets my personal representation - not a junior associate or an attorney unfamiliar with the facts.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    20 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Violent Crime: 10%
    20 years, 500 cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Deirdre Lynn O'Connor

    Mr. Dane’s knowledge of criminal law is exceptional. Mr. Dane understands the criminal justice system from every angle. His former days at the district attorney’s office and his law enforcement background are invaluable assets. His intimate knowledge of the inner workings of those departments provide him with a unique perspective and advantage as a criminal defense attorney.


    Deirdre O'Connor Appeals Attorney
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  • Steven Kelly Bloom

    The OC DA's Office lost a star and the criminal defense community gained a truly good man and exceptional attorney when he left the DA's office. I highly endorse Joe Dane.


    Steven Bloom Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Attorney of the YearOrange County Narcotics Officer's Association2008
Attorney of the YearTulare County District Attorney's Office2000
American Jurisprudence Award (AmJur) - Criminal LawWestern State University College of Law1993
American Jurisprudence Award (AmJur) - TortsWestern State University College of Law1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ALaw Office of Joe Dane2008 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorFullerton College2005 - Present
Deputy District AttorneyOrange County District Attorney's Office2002 - 2008
Adjunct ProfessorCollege of the Sequoias2001 - 2005
Deputy District AttorneyTulare County District Attorney's Office1996 - 2002
Certified Law ClerkOrange County District Attorney's Office1994 - 1996
Reserve Deputy SheriffLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department1990 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Orange County Bar AssociationBoard Member2013 - Present
California Atorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2009 - Present
West Orange County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2008 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Constitutional Rights FoundationMock Trial Coach and Judge1997 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. R.D.Deferred entry of judgment
People v. C.S.Case dismissed
People v. H.S.All charges dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Homicide & Capital PunishmentEditor2009
Training ManualDNA in California Preliminary Hearings2007
Training Manual - Orange County DA's OfficeOrange County Drug Court Procedures2005
Tulare County District Attorney Training ManualA Guide to California Preliminary Hearings2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of California - IrvineBiologyOther - Bachelors1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
North Orange County Bar AssociationNew laws for 20152015
MCLE seminarMiranda rights and police interrogation2014
Parents School AssemblyCyberbullying and internet crimes2011
Training sessionGang crimes2010
California Homicide & Capital PunishmentGang crimes and special circumstances homicide2009
Training seminarJury Selection in Criminal Trials2008
Training SeminarDNA in Preliminary Hearings2006
Crimes Against ChildrenSex Crimes Against Children2006
Trial AdvocacyJury Selection & Trial Tactics2004
Training SeminarCriminal Trial Procedure2002