Cannabis Criminal Defense Attorney in California

Go into court confidently with tenacious & experienced advocacy

There is nothing more jarring than being accused of a crime, especially when the facts don’t add up. Immediately calling competent counsel can be the difference between a minor infraction and serious consequences.

Over a million drug arrests are made each year in the United States. Many involve unlawful arrests, searches, seizures and are motivated by racial bias. In California, drug related crimes are charged based on the California Health and Safety Code. Despite the fact that these crimes are not charged based on the penal code, California’s mandatory sentencing laws can lead to harsh prison sentences.

Manzuri Law’s California defense attorneys represent clients facing a multitude of cannabis, drug and narcotics charges. The Cannabis law firm’s attorneys have years of experience fighting everything from large-scale drug trafficking to simple possession of a controlled substance. Meital Manzuri has defended some of the biggest federal medical marijuana cases to date, orchestrating the successful return of several pounds of medical cannabis to patients, obtaining the dismissal of countless cases, and spearheading complicated collective defenses leading to acquittals. At Manzuri Law, we aggressively litigate each criminal case, defending clients against California and federal charges. Our track record in persuading government agencies, judges and juries alike is enviable. With substantial experience handling search and seizure issues, we have consistently succeeded in suppressing unlawfully obtained evidence. We are invested in providing our clients with the best defense possible, obtaining a lesser included charge and reducing fines, fees and jail time.

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Cannabis Crimes

It is legal for anyone 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis, 6 plants and 4 grams of concentrate.

Any person in unlawful possession of cannabis over these amounts can be charged with a variety of violations of Health & Safety Code including § 11357 (possession), § 11358 (cultivation), § 11359 (possession with intent to sell), and § 11360 (transportation or offer to sell). These can be charged as infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies with punishment of up to three years in prison.

Under Proposition 64, it is still a crime to do any of the following:

  • Operate a cannabis business without a license
  • Possess more cannabis than the legal limits above
  • Grow more cannabis than the legal limits above
  • Consume cannabis in public (similar to alcohol)
  • Consume cannabis while driving
  • Drive with an open container of cannabis
  • Drive while impaired
  • Give cannabis to minors (under 21)
  • Possess cannabis as a minor for recreational use (under 21)

As pioneers of California’s cannabis laws, the attorneys of Manzuri Law have defended thousands of clients who were charged and accused of cannabis crimes in both Federal and State court. Due to their expertise, Manzuri Law attorneys have the highest success rates in the state for acquittals, plea agreements, and dismissals in cannabis cases. Book a consultation today to discuss your case.

Legal Defenses

Under California law, you are entitled to a defense in court. Depending on the charges, this defense can include lawful possession, a medical defense, mistakes of fact, or mistake of law.

Sometimes, a defense is not about the crime but law enforcement procedure. A procedural defense can include lack of probable cause, search and seizure issues or insufficient evidence.

Often, officers cut corners in their initial investigation to get to what they are looking for. Manzuri Law takes an in-depth look at all the places that narcotics officers could and would violate rights. Our experts will identify where officers erred in their procedures and often get the evidence suppressed and the case dismissed.