Cannabis Criminal Defense

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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 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. Manzuri Law has years of experience fighting everything from large-scale drug trafficking to simple possession of a controlled substance. We are invested in providing our clients with the best defense possible, obtaining a lesser included charge and reducing fines, fees and jail time.

Cannabis Crimes

It is lawful for anyone 21+ to possess 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 3 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 in both Federal and State court who were charged and accused of cannabis crimes. Due to their practiced expertise, Manzuri Law has the highest success rates in the state for acquittals, plea agreements, and dismissals in cannabis cases. Book a consultation today to discuss your case.

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Frequently Asked Cannabis Questions

How to avoid criminal charges for your cannabis business

Under new California laws, what is still illegal?

Am I protected from prosecution for possession of marijuana as a patient?

What crimes are reducible under prop 64?

Is travelling with cannabis a crime?

Drug Crimes

Possession of any amount of illegal narcotics is a crime. Although most drug crimes were reduced to misdemeanors under Proposition 47, some possession offenses can still be charged as a felony and carry a sentence of up to three years in California state prison.

Under Health and Safety Code § 11350, possession of a controlled substance, qualifying drugs include, cocaine, crack, ecstasy, GHB, ketamine and even Vicodin and Codeine without a lawful prescription. Fortunately, most Californians have a defense or may be eligible for diversion under PC 1000 or drug classes under Proposition 36. Contact one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys to see if you are eligible.

Under Health and Safety Code §11351, possession of narcotics for sale is illegal and a felony. Unlike simple possession, these crimes are not eligible for diversion, but in many cases, Manzuri Law's experienced criminal defense attorneys can have the crime reduced as a matter of law or negotiation. In addition to possession and sales crimes, California makes it a crime to distribute to minors or to be under the influence of a narcotic or drive under the influence of any narcotic or alcohol. Click here to learn more about DUIs.

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.

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