California Cannabis Business Lawyer

10 Reasons to Hire Jessica McElfresh

Representing Your Rights

As San Diego’s premier marijuana attorney and cannabis lawyer, Jessica McElfresh has dedicated the bulk of her practice to preserving her clients’ rights and blazing a trail in the marijuana industry. With extensive experience in the fields of criminal defense and cannabis business permitting, regulation, and licensing, McElfresh Law is committed to providing all-inclusive legal support for your long-term success and prosperity in the cannabis industry or aggressively defending you if you find yourself criminally charged.

To learn more about the services we offer within the cannabis industry or how McElfresh Law can help if you’ve been charged with a crime, call (858) 756-7107.

Cannabis Businesses in California

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Cannabis Business in California

California law has created an exciting new climate for marijuana entrepreneurs. However, due to its ever-evolving legal classification, a lot of uncertainty regarding federal limitations and complex compliance regulations remain. Whether you are interested in the burgeoning cannabis industry, seeking treatment with medical marijuana, or partaking in its recreational use, it is critical to know your rights and protect yourself with assistance from a highly skilled San Diego marijuana attorney.

The new cannabis business economic landscape is facing significant challenges in the form of state and local licensing, zoning, and compliance regulations. The pioneers of California’s cannabis industry will need passionate legal partners to ensure adherence and foster sustainable growth. At McElfresh Law, we can offer our clients empowering legal representation as they become the driving force in every aspect of the state’s blossoming cannabis industry. Whether you are interested in cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution, or operating a retail or medical dispensary, California marijuana attorney Jessica McElfresh can offer practical legal assistance in every facet, including formation, licensure, state and local compliance, day to day operation, and eventual expansion.

If you’re thinking about starting a marijuana business in San Diego – we can help. Our firm has experience helping San Diego cannabis businesses go through the complicated legal process to get approval to operate. California law is nuanced and may change, and we can help you understand what you need to do in order to run a cannabis business legally.

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Local Experience Counts

Jessica McElfresh was raised in San Diego and has years of practical legal and criminal defense experience in San Diego and the surrounding area. By helping countless people achieve the best possible results in San Diego courts, she earned the respect of her peers, clients, and trusted authorities in the legal profession.

Her wide-ranging experience also instilled a passion for changing marijuana laws, which she saw as detrimental to her community. With a fierce commitment to her clients and a devotion to this emerging field, Jessica McElfresh is uniquely qualified to assist others through California’s new marijuana marketplace.

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San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer

Any person accused of a crime is innocent unless proven guilty, but the criminal justice system doesn’t always treat you that way. Police and prosecutors start from the assumption that you’re guilty and will do everything they can to convict you. That’s why it’s vital to your future and your freedom that you obtain the help of an aggressive San Diego criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Jessica McElfresh will never let a prosecutor forget that they have to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. She’ll scrutinize every piece of evidence to look for the flaws in the case against you, fight to suppress any evidence obtained through unlawful means, and create a strong and compelling defense case that tells your story in the way you want it to be heard.

Jessica is a dedicated San Diego criminal attorney with years of practical experience and a track record of achieving results. Not every case will result in an acquittal, but Jessica can fight to make sure you get the best available outcome for your criminal charge. She can handle any type of criminal case from a misdemeanor DUI to a serious felony such as burglary or robbery.

Contact McElfresh Law today at (858) 756-7107 for a free consultation about your charge and to hear your legal options from a highly skilled defense attorney who will provide a straightforward, no-nonsense assessment of your case.

Criminal Defense in California

Criminal Defense Practice Areas

San Diego Marijuana Charges

Marijuana Charges

Learn when a marijuana offense is a simple civil infraction and when it can be punished as a crime.

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San Diego Drug Charges

Drug Charges

Even with recent sentencing reforms, many drug charges remain serious offenses in California.

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San Diego Domestic Violence and Assault

Assault, Battery & Domestic Violence

Don’t let something that happened in the heat of emotion ruin your life. A criminal defense lawyer can help.

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San Diego Arson and Property Crimes

Arson & Property Crimes

Arson and property crimes can be harshly punished in California, but you may have viable options for fighting your charge.

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San Diego Burglary and Robbery

Burglary & Robbery

Burglary and robbery are serious felony crimes in California with life-altering consequences if you’re convicted.

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San Diego Theft Charges

Theft Charges

When a mistake or one-time bad decision leads to serious criminal charges, that’s when you need a skilled criminal lawyer the most.

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San Diego Fraud Charges

Fraud Charges

Fraud charges can be devastating for your reputation and career beyond the potential for a jail or prison sentence.

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San Diego Weapons charges

Weapons Charges

A conviction for a weapons crime can affect your life for years to come, including the loss of your right to own a firearm.

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San Diego DUI charges

DUI Defense

Alcohol and drugs often go hand-in-hand with entertainment, but driving after a night out on the town can lead to criminal charges. Driving while intoxicated by marijuana can also lead to serious penalties.

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San Diego College charges

College Crimes

Your education can be impacted by criminal charges, even if your offense was committed away from campus.

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San Diego Crimes Against Police

Crimes Against Police & Government

Crimes committed against police officers or the administration of justice can have serious repercussions in California.

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San Diego Public Crimes

Public Crimes

Actions that cause disturbance or offense to the public, such as rioting or creating a public nuisance, can lead to criminal penalties in California.

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Free Consultation

Because it’s so important to your case to know that your criminal defense lawyer is the right fit, McElfresh Law offers a free initial consultation for criminal defense cases. During that consultation, you can discuss your charge, hear your options, and decide that Jessica McElfresh is the right lawyer to represent you. All you have to do to schedule your free appointment is call or use our online contact form today.

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    A Direct Line to Your Lawyer

    One of your fundamental rights when you’re accused of a crime is your right to an attorney – and one reason you have that right is so that you have an advocate who can explain the criminal process to you.

    Jessica McElfresh is dedicated to making sure that lines of communication are always open so that you understand what’s happening in your case and what to expect from the process. She will provide honest and clear explanations of the steps of a criminal case and the possible outcomes.

    Jessica provides individualized attention and the kind of accessibility that you need when you face a criminal charge. At McElfresh Law, you will directly interact with Jessica and she will handle everything from requesting documentation and reviewing evidence to filing motions and negotiating on your behalf. Your case will be handled personally by Jessica and never by a paralegal or a go-between.


    Knowledge and Experience Working for You

    The police and the courts hold immense power over anyone accused of a crime, but they don’t hold all of the power.

    San Diego criminal lawyer Jessica McElfresh is prepared to stand up for your rights and to be your voice in court. Her background includes working for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, where she was tasked with writing motions to support investigators’ uses of search and seizures to obtain evidence and build criminal cases. Now she uses that knowledge to defend good people from prosecutors based on unlawful searches and to help protect your assets from being seized because of alleged criminal activity.

    Jessica believes there is no higher calling than advocating for people accused of crimes. She will work aggressively to fight your criminal charge and will be your partner in your defense. If you want your case to go to trial, Jessica will take it to trial. The goal is to get the best possible outcome for your case – one that you can live with and that allows you to move past the stress and anxiety of your charge.

    When charged with a crime, you face an uphill battle against the government. Jessica will use her knowledge and experience to fight those allegations. Call McElfresh Law today at (858) 756-7107 to learn what Jessica can do for you.

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    McElfresh Law, Inc. in the Media

    As a result of our dedication and hard work defending our clients’ rights and paving the way for marijuana businesses, we have frequently been featured in local, regional, and national news. Click here to read more of our latest news features.


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    If you’ve been charged with a crime or are interested in pursuing a cannabis venture in San Diego or any of the surrounding areas, you want a lawyer who not only knows the law, but is an authority within the local courts, and can navigate through the system for your benefit. Criminal defense and marijuana attorney Jessica McElfresh has years of experience handling a wide variety of California charges with a sharp focus on the state’s marijuana law. Whether your charge is a misdemeanor, a felony, or you want to legitimately benefit from cannabis, Jessica can help.

    Call McElfresh Law to discuss your situation at (858) 756-7107 if you live in: