David Goguen


David Goguen is a Legal Editor at Nolo, focusing on claimants' rights in personal injury cases. He is a member of the State Bar of California with almost two decades of experience in litigation and legal publishing. His work has been featured and quoted in a number of publications, including Medscape and Fodor’s.

Education. David is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he made his first foray into publishing as a member of the USF Maritime Law Journal board of editors. 

Legal career. After a few years as a practicing attorney, handling everything from car accident claims to groundwater pollution cases, David began his career as a Legal Editor. Over the years at Nolo, David’s area of expertise has expanded to encompass all kinds of injury-related cases, from fender benders and medical malpractice to the latest mass tort cases making headlines—including Roundup-cancer lawsuits.

Personal injury law. Few areas of the law are more fraught with stress than personal injury. Accidents are by definition unexpected, and they can give rise to all kinds of uncertainty. In the days and weeks following an injury, more and more people go online with questions about their options and the right path forward, and David is proud to be part of a Nolo team that provides some of the best answers out there.

Articles By David Goguen

Petty Theft & Other Theft Laws
Classified as a misdemeanor, petty theft involves the theft of items under a value of five hundred dollars.
Pennsylvania Misdemeanor and Felony Theft Laws and Charges
Pennsylvania defines its theft offenses according to whether the theft involves property that is movable and tangible on the one hand, or immovable and intangible on the other.
New York Laws on Petit and Grand Larceny
New York criminal laws use the term “larceny” to describe theft laws. In New York, larceny occurs when a person “wrongfully takes, obtains or withholds” property from its rightful owner, with the intent to deprive the owner of such property.
Minnesota Felony Theft and Misdemeanor Petty Theft
Minnesota criminal statutes list a number of specific actions that, when committed, would constitute the offense of theft.
Oklahoma Laws on Petit and Grand Larceny
Oklahoma law defines larceny, or theft, as the taking of personal property accomplished by fraud or stealth, and with intent to deprive another thereof. Basically, that means theft is committed any time an offender wrongfully takes someone else’s property while having no intention to return it.
West Virginia Petit and Grand Larceny Laws
In West Virginia statutes on criminal law, theft is referred to as “larceny,” a term used interchangeably with “theft” in many states. In general, larceny is committed when an offender unlawfully takes property that belongs to someone else.
Utah Petty Misdemeanor Theft and Felony Theft
Utah, like many other states, classifies its theft offenses primarily according to the value of the property or services involved in the offense. Utah also classifies a few theft offenses according to the type of property taken, regardless of value.
South Dakota Petty and Grand Theft Laws
Like many other states, South Dakota classifies its theft offenses according to the value of the property taken -- and in some circumstances, by the type of property involved.
Oregon Petty and Felony Theft Laws
Like most other states, Oregon classifies theft offenses according to the value of the property taken -- and sometimes by the circumstances surrounding the theft. Let’s take a closer look at each level of theft in Oregon.
North Dakota Misdemeanor and Felony Theft Laws
Under North Dakota law, a person has committed the offense of theft by: knowingly taking or exercising unauthorized control over the property of another, with the intent to deprive the owner of that property (i.e. shoplifting)