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San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a crime, it’s important that you find an experienced San Diego criminal attorney to protect your rights and begin preparing your defense. Your future is at stake, and you may face thousands of dollars in fines, jail time, and other life-long consequences if convicted. Jessica McElfresh has worked diligently over the years to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients, and she is here to help you through the California criminal process.

We recommend that you act quickly. The sooner we can begin reviewing the prosecution’s evidence against you for weaknesses and exposing those weaknesses, the better. We can file motions for evidence suppression, traffic stops, and warrantless searches that violate your constitutional rights. We will fight those charges and help you move on with your life.

Jessica is an aggressive, dedicated defense lawyer ready to hear your legal situation and advocate on your behalf. Contact us today for a free consultation on your unique legal situation and to learn how we can help. At McElfresh Law, Inc., you will know exactly what your options are before you make a decision, and you will work directly with Jessica – not a paralegal or go-between.

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Earning your trust

When you’re looking for the right criminal defense attorney to handle your case, it can be overwhelming. Our years of experience has earned us top ratings from clients, peers, and trusted authorities.

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San Diego Marijuana Charges

Marijuana Charges

Medical marijuana may be decriminalized in California, but it doesn’t mean that law enforcement has eased up on arresting people for possession, cultivation, or transportation of marijuana for nonmedical reasons. Depending on the charge, you could face up to seven years in prison under state law and thousands of dollars in fines. If you have been charged with a marijuana offense or you are being investigated for one, we recommend that you consult with a San Diego marijuana lawyer.

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San Diego Drug Charges

Have you been recently charged with a drug crime? California treats drug charges harshly, and even a first-time possession conviction can mean up to a year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. The penalties are even more severe if you are a repeat drug crime offender or registered sex offender. A defense attorney can fight for the best possible outcome for your case by challenging the evidence against you and negotiating alternative resolutions, plea agreements, and other legal outcomes on your behalf.

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San Diego Marijuana Charges
 

When you have been charged with a crime, the right defense matters to ensure that your case has a successful outcome.

Jessica C. McElfresh is a dedicated criminal defense lawyer who believes that you deserve individualized attention for your case. Much of her work has focused on drug crimes, including marijuana charges, and she has been actively involved in medical marijuana law and policy. At McElfresh Law, Inc., you will personally interact with Jessica and she will handle everything from requesting documentation and reviewing evidence to filing motions and negotiating on your behalf.

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McElfresh Law, Inc. in the Media

As a result of our dedication and hard work in defending our clients’ rights and paving the way for medical marijuana dispensaries, we have frequently been featured in local, regional, and national news.

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Opening a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in San Diego?

With medical marijuana being legal in California, you might be interested in opening a marijuana dispensary or collective. How do you open a medical marijuana dispensary legally in California? It takes time, patience, and the guidance of an experienced San Diego marijuana lawyer. This highly regulated process can be complex, and you will want to ensure that you are compliant with state and local law. Having an experienced attorney representing your rights and interests can help you avoid penalties or criminal charges during this process.

As of October 2015, California’s medical marijuana laws have been revised. This historic reformation will affect how medical marijuana business can now operative in the state. Under the newly signed Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), medical marijuana operators will be governed under a stricter set of rules. If you’re thinking about starting a medical marijuana business in San Diego — we can help. Our firm has experience helping San Diego medical marijuana dispensaries go through the complicated legal process to get approval to operate. While it is important to understand that while medical marijuana possession, sale, and cultivation is legal at state and local levels, it still remains illegal under federal law.

Filing articles of incorporation

We must show that you do not plan to cultivate or distribute marijuana for profit but solely for medical reasons

Obtaining the proper permits

We will navigate the red tape and paperwork to obtain a California Seller’s Permit and any other permits needed

Preparing documentation for explaining the membership process

We will help you configure an application for new members of your collective and develop documents to protect your business

Ensuring that your proposed dispensary location is compliant with state and local laws

California law is nuanced and may change, and we can help you understand what you need to do in order to run a medical marijuana collective legally

San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a crime, it’s important that you find an experienced San Diego criminal attorney to protect your rights. Your future is at stake, and you may face thousands of dollars in fines, jail time, and other life-long consequences if convicted. Jessica McElfresh has worked diligently over the years to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients, and she is here to help you through the California criminal process.

We recommend that you act quickly. The sooner we can begin reviewing the prosecution’s evidence against you for weaknesses and exposing those weaknesses, the better. We can file motions for evidence suppression, traffic stops, and warrantless searches that violate your constitutional rights. We will fight those charges and help you move on with your life. Contact us today for a free consultation on your unique legal situation and to learn how we can help.