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Joseph Briscoe Dane

About Joseph 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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