Possession

Marijuana Drug Possession Defense Lawyer in San Diego

California Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Pacific Beach, Vista, and Other Areas

Under California law, possession of under an ounce of marijuana is an infraction punishable by a $100 fine. On the surface, it may seem like the easy response to a citation for marijuana possession is to pay the fine and forget about it.

However, depending on the circumstances of the arrest, you could be vulnerable to other types of drug charges that carry much stiffer penalties. Furthermore, conviction for any type of drug crime remains on your criminal record and can have a negative impact on your ability to get student loans, employment and housing.

If you are arrested on a marijuana possession charge, your best course of action is to get immediate advice from a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer.

Medical marijuana

Under California law, qualified patients who use, cultivate, transport or possess amounts of marijuana consistent with their medical needs may be able to claim certain protections against arrest and/or prosecution by state (but not federal) authorities. These protections may extend to their primary caregivers as well as persons who associate with one another (collectively or cooperatively) to cultivate marijuana for purely medicinal purposes. if you have been arrested for or charged with a marijuana related offense and believe you may be able to claim these protections, please call me for a free consultation.

Two decades of criminal defense experience in San Diego County

Since 1989, I have practiced criminal defense law in San Diego County, Temecula and throughout Southern California. During that time, I have developed advanced knowledge of how drug crime cases are prosecuted — in both state and federal court. I am highly qualified to provide practical advice about the likely outcome of your case, as well as describe options for structuring a defense that may help lessen the penalties you face.

As a criminal defense lawyer in a marijuana possession case, my goals include:

  • Fighting any attempt by the prosecutors to add more serious charges, such as transportation if the marijuana was found in a car
  • Fighting enhanced sentencing if the client has prior arrests or convictions for marijuana possession or other drug crimes

In general, my goal is to make sure that my client is not pressured into accepting a “deal” from the prosecution that is really not a good deal at all. You deserve an advocate who can give you an honest and practical assessment of the best way to proceed, given the facts of your case. For some clients, the best option is to accept the citation and pay the $100 fine. For other clients, the best option may be to demand a trial and fight for a not-guilty verdict to keep a clear criminal record.