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Representing Your Rights

As San Diego’s premier marijuana lawyer, Jessica Mcelfresh has dedicated the bulk of her practice to preserving her clients’ rights and blazing a trail in the cannabis industry. With extensive experience in criminal defense and cannabis business permitting, compliance, and licensing, McElfresh Law is committed to providing 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 for criminal defense or within the cannabis industry, call (858) 756-7107.

Cannabis Businesses in California


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State Licensing

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California law has created an exciting new climate for marijuana entrepreneurs. Whether you are interested in the 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.

At McElfresh Law, we offer our clients empowering legal representation in every aspect of the state’s cannabis industry. Whether you are interested in cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, or operating a retail or medical dispensary, San Diego cannabis lawyer Jessica McElfresh can offer practical legal assistance in every facet.

Our firm has experience helping 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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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, San Diego cannabis lawyer Jessica McElfresh is uniquely qualified to assist others through California’s marijuana marketplace.

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San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer

Jessica McElfresh is a dedicated San Diego criminal defense attorney with years of practical experience and a track record of achieving results. She can fight to make sure you get the best available outcome for your criminal charge.

Jessica will 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.

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 attorney who will provide a straightforward, no-nonsense assessment of your case.

Marijuana Criminal Defense

A marijuana offense can be a simple civil infraction in many cases. But, depending on the circumstances of your case, it can be punished as a more severe offense with harsh criminal penalties. If you were charged with a criminal marijuana offense such as illegal possession for sale or unlawful transportation, San Diego criminal defense attorney Jessica McElfresh can fight to clear your name.

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arson charges

San Diego Arson Lawyer

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

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marijuana crimes


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

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drug crimes


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

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domestic assault charges


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

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DUI lawyer


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 Burglary and Robbery


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

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fraud, credit card theft


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

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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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San Diego Sex Crimes Lawyer

Being accused of a sex crime can put your reputation and career on the line, but you have the right to defend yourself.

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San Diego Harassment Lawyer

Repeatedly contacting someone or invading their privacy is a criminal offense.

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San Diego Burglary and Robbery, theft


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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Weapon crimes


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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Crimes committed against police officers or the administration of justice can have serious repercussions 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 San Diego criminal defense attorney 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.

San Diego criminal defense lawyer Jessica McElfresh makes sure that communication is always open so 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.

At McElfresh Law, you will directly interact with Jessica and she will handle all the legal details on your behalf. Your case will never be handled by a paralegal or a go-between.

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Knowledge and Experience Working for You

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 will work aggressively to fight your criminal charge and will be your partner in your defense. 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.

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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:

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