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Los Angeles Marijuana Sales Defense Lawyers: A Guide for Clients Facing Charges

Living in Los Angeles, you’ve probably noticed that marijuana laws have been changing rapidly in recent years. With the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2016, and the opening of licensed dispensaries across LA, it may seem like cannabis is now fully legal. However, the reality is more complicated – marijuana laws in California contain many gray areas and legal loopholes that leave cannabis users and sellers vulnerable to criminal charges.If you or a loved one is facing marijuana-related charges in LA, having an experienced defense lawyer on your side is crucial. In this article, I’ll walk you through key things to understand about marijuana criminal defense in Los Angeles, and how a knowledgeable lawyer can help you navigate the complex legal landscape.

An Overview of California Marijuana Laws

California was the first U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 with the passage of Proposition 215. This allowed patients to use, possess and cultivate cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation. In 2016, voters approved Proposition 64, legalizing recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over and establishing a licensing system for commercial cannabis activity.However, Prop 64 left a lot of power in local hands – cities and counties can still ban marijuana businesses, and continue to criminalize a range of cannabis activity. For example, in the City of Los Angeles:

  • It’s legal for adults 21+ to possess up to 1 oz of marijuana and 8 g of concentrated cannabis.
  • You can grow up to 6 plants at home, but they must be out of public view.
  • It’s illegal to smoke cannabis in public places.
  • Licensed dispensaries can sell recreational marijuana. But delivery services and public consumption lounges are still banned.
  • Unlicensed sales remain illegal – you can face charges for selling marijuana without a license.

As you can see, cannabis is not fully legalized statewide. There are many gray areas that leave Californians vulnerable to criminal prosecution. This is where an experienced marijuana defense lawyer can help.

Common Marijuana Charges in Los Angeles

Some of the most common cannabis-related criminal charges in LA include:

  • Illegal possession: Possessing over 1 oz of marijuana or over 8 g of concentrates.
  • Unlicensed sales: Selling marijuana without a license. This can lead to felony charges.
  • Transportation: Moving large quantities of marijuana could be considered drug trafficking.
  • Cultivation: Growing over 6 plants without a license.
  • Underage use: Marijuana possession by those under 21.
  • Smoking in public: Lighting up in prohibited public areas.
  • Possession of paraphernalia: Having items used for marijuana consumption like bongs or vape pens.

Many marijuana offenses are still prosecuted aggressively in LA, especially those involving minors, unlicensed sales, or perceived “drug trafficking.” An experienced lawyer can argue that charges are unjustified under California law, or work to reduce penalties.

Why You Need a Marijuana Defense Lawyer

Navigating California’s complex cannabis laws is extremely difficult without legal guidance. An attorney who specializes in marijuana defense will:

  • Explain the charges: They’ll analyze the specifics of your case and explain the exact laws you’re accused of violating.
  • Identify defenses: They’ll determine if your actions were actually legal under California marijuana law.
  • Negotiate with prosecutors: They can negotiate to get charges reduced or dropped completely.
  • Argue in court: If it goes to trial, they’ll advocate for you and fight to get a “not guilty” verdict.
  • Protect your rights: They’ll ensure police followed proper procedures and your rights weren’t violated.

Without a lawyer, you may incriminate yourself unintentionally or agree to unfair pleas. A marijuana defense attorney levels the playing field.

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Finding the Right Los Angeles Cannabis Lawyer

Not all criminal defense attorneys have in-depth knowledge of California’s marijuana laws. When searching for a lawyer, look for these qualifications:

  • Specialization in cannabis cases: Look for attorneys who explicitly advertise “marijuana defense” services. Check their track record of marijuana cases.
  • Local experience: LA has unique cannabis rules, so find lawyers familiar with the local courts and prosecutors.
  • Up-to-date expertise: Make sure they’re fully versed on the latest cannabis laws and reforms in California.
  • Affordable services: Rates can vary widely, so ask about pricing upfront. Some lawyers offer payment plans.
  • Strong rapport: You want an attorney you feel comfortable talking openly with. Find someone who puts you at ease.

Take time to research options, meet with lawyers for consultations, and find someone you trust. Don’t rush into a decision or hire the first name you see. This is your future at stake.

Step-by-Step: Working with a Marijuana Defense Lawyer

If you do get charged with a cannabis crime in LA, here are the typical steps in working with a marijuana defense attorney:1. Initial consultation – Discuss your charges and situation. The lawyer will offer their assessment and explain your options.2. Evidence review – The attorney will acquire evidence from prosecutors, analyze police reports, and identify weaknesses.3. Defense strategy – They’ll determine the best legal defenses and arguments to fight your charges.4. Motions and hearings – Your lawyer may file motions to suppress evidence or dismiss charges pre-trial.5. Plea negotiations – Many cases end in plea bargains. Your attorney can negotiate the best possible outcome.6. Trial – If no plea deal reached, your lawyer will defend you vigorously at trial.7. Sentencing – They’ll advocate for the lightest penalties if you’re convicted.A good marijuana defense lawyer will guide you through every stage, protecting your rights and future. Don’t go it alone.

Common Marijuana Defense Strategies

Skilled cannabis attorneys have many strategies to get marijuana charges dropped or reduced. Some common defenses include:

  • Fourth Amendment violations – If police lacked probable cause for a search, evidence may be excluded.
  • Non-compliance with Prop 64 – Many arrests don’t comply with legal limits for possession or cultivation.
  • Medical necessity – A medical marijuana defense may apply if you used cannabis for health needs.
  • False assumptions – Officers often mistake legal hemp/CBD for illicit marijuana.
  • Mistaken identity – You may be falsely accused based on misleading evidence.
  • Entrapment – Undercover cops cannot induce you to commit crimes.

An experienced marijuana lawyer will identify the best defenses for your specific circumstances.

Avoiding Future Marijuana Charges

If your cannabis charges get dismissed or expunged, congratulations! Use the experience to avoid further legal troubles:

  • Know your rights. Understand exactly what’s legal/illegal for marijuana possession, use and sales in your jurisdiction.
  • Avoid public consumption. Only consume cannabis on private property where it’s permitted.
  • Don’t drive under the influence. Get a rideshare home if you’ve consumed marijuana.
  • Grow carefully. Don’t exceed limits for home cultivation and keep plants out of public view.
  • Buy from licensed sellers only. Unlicensed dispensaries often draw police attention.
  • Be discreet. Avoid attracting neighbors’ complaints or police suspicion.
  • Get legal advice! If questions arise, consult a marijuana defense lawyer.

Stay up-to-date on cannabis laws and play it safe. Your future is too important to risk.

Finding Hope After a Marijuana Conviction

If you end up with a cannabis conviction on your record, don’t lose hope. There are still options:

  • Expungement – Many prior marijuana convictions can be expunged under Prop 64. Consult an attorney.
  • Appeals – You may be able to appeal the conviction and get it overturned.
  • Early probation termination – Your attorney can request ending probation early for good behavior.
  • Certificate of rehabilitation – After completing your sentence, you can obtain this certificate to help restore rights.
  • Civil rights restoration – An attorney can advise on restoring voting, employment and other rights post-conviction.

While a conviction can negatively impact your life, the right lawyer can help minimize consequences and restore your future. You deserve a second chance.

Why I Defend Cannabis Cases

As a Los Angeles marijuana defense lawyer myself, I’ve seen firsthand how outdated laws and problematic enforcement continue harming innocent marijuana users in our community. It’s my passion to defend clients from unjust charges and provide top-notch legal guidance.I take pride in staying up-to-date on California’s ever-changing cannabis rules so I can protect clients through nuanced arguments. My record shows countless charges reduced and dismissed. I forge close relationships with every client so they feel fully supported throughout the legal process.While marijuana still carries stigma, I treat each client’s case with discretion, empathy and respect. My goal is to resolve your charges while minimizing stress and financial burden. I offer flexible payment options because I believe everyone deserves access to a robust defense.If you face marijuana charges in LA, I encourage you to exercise your rights and contact a cannabis defense lawyer immediately. An arrest for marijuana does not have to ruin your future. With the right legal advocate in your corner, we can fight for the best possible outcome together.

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