Medical Marijuana Attorney in Los Angeles

Drug Charges Related to Medical Marijuana

California is one of few states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana. Qualifying patients have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes, when this is deemed appropriate by a physician. Marijuana has been found to provide relief for patients dealing with chronic pain, arthritis, migraines, anorexia, glaucoma and life-threatening illnesses such as AIDS and cancer. The state’s marijuana possession and marijuana cultivation laws do not apply to patients or caregivers who possess or cultivate marijuana for personal medical use by the patient, upon the oral or written recommendation or approval of a physician.

There are situations where people are arrested for using, possessing or cultivating marijuana even when they did so strictly for medical purposes. As a Los Angeles drug crime lawyer who has been working in this field since 1984, I am familiar with these cases. A patient or caregiver must possess a valid identification card and must act within the confines of California State Senate Bill 420, which authorizes card-holding medical marijuana users to possess up to 6 mature plants, 12 immature plants and 8 ounces of dried cannabis in order to avoid criminal charges for medical marijuana. Even when a client has been arrested because he or she possessed more than the allowed amount or did not have a valid ID card, however, there are still ways to effectively challenge criminal charges.

How a Los Angeles Drug Crime Lawyer Can Help

For more than 25 years, I have been working to defend the criminally accused in Los Angeles, as well as the city’s surrounding communities. Criminal allegations and arrests are no joke, and they cannot be treated with anything but the most serious defense strategies available. I have been practicing criminal law since 1984, and this includes defense of drug crime charges such as marijuana and medical marijuana. Therefore, you can rest assured that I know what it takes to represent clients facing these types of allegations. Whether or not the charges that have been made in your name are true, you will need aggressive legal defense on your side to make sure that they are challenged in a way that proves your innocence. This can be best accomplished through the efforts of a professional strategist, a drug crime defense lawyer.

In addition to advocating for your rights under the Compassionate Use Act, I will work aggressively to challenge any evidence that has been brought against you. For example, what if law enforcement conducted a search of your property without a valid warrant or probable cause? This may be enough to have key evidence thrown out and possibly your charges dismissed entirely. The possibilities for obtaining a favorable case outcome are virtually limitless, and I am here to work toward implementing these in order to achieve a successful outcome.

Find out more about how to challenge marijuana charges in the LA area. Contact Los Angeles medical marijuana attorneyRobert Michael Helfend today!