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Mar 19 2020, by Jessica McElfresh in COVID-19

To Our Valued Clients and Those Looking for Answers,

COVID-19 has impacted the lives of many in and around San Diego. As the situation continues to evolve, McElfresh Law wants to reassure our clients and community that we are taking this situation seriously, and putting safety measures in place that prioritize the health and well-being of our clients. We also want to ensure you get the answers and consummate legal guidance you expect from us.

As a firm, we are carefully monitoring and adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health, other government agency guidance, and staying abreast of any changes or updates.

Attorney McElfresh has been advised on the practical measures to help stem the tide of COVID-19, including regular hand washing, the use of hand sanitizer, frequently disinfecting commonly touched areas, and social distancing whenever possible. This involves foregoing in-person meetings until the end of April 2020, conducting phone conferences, and communicating via phone and e-mail.

If you are an existing client and have a question about your case in light of the COVID 19 pandemic, please call (858) 756-7107 or contact us online. We are available and will be in touch as soon as possible.

We’re Available & Working

We remain available by phone and email at all times., and are working hard to address your needs and questions.

McElfresh Law is accustomed to remote operations and has had no interruption in our operations. We are monitoring calls, responding to requests, working on rescheduling hearings and staying on top of deadlines for our criminal defense and cannabis business clients alike.

We Will Keep You Informed

We are dealing with the Coronavirus and social distancing, as is everyone else. But we will strive to ensure these unprecedented events do not unfairly impact your legal issue.

If the situation continues to progress, we will explore all available options to provide you with the best possible representation. This may include using video depositions, testimony, and e-document submission, and other tools and technologies should the need arise.

San Diego Court Closures

San Diego Superior Court is closed other than for emergency matters until April 6, 2020. This means out-of-custody criminal cases have been continued to later dates. You can read more about the closures here.

We remain available to our criminal defense clients and are happy to help people understand what to do if they have a court date between now and April 6, 2020 in San Diego County. Many hearings falling during that time have not yet been fully rescheduled, but we are checking in with the Court daily for updates.

Cannabis Business Clients

Clearly, everyone is concerned and eager to maintain safety while continuing normal business as much as possible.

If you have a bending cannabis application, please note that any cities are rescheduling council meetings and looking into virtual or online public comment. Similarly, many cities have restrictions for submitting applications. These restrictions vary jurisdiction by jurisdiction, but they include having telephonic or video conference meetings in lieu of in person, special rules for dropping off project plans, and being closed to walk-ins.

We are working with state and local governments to ensure that cannabis licensees can continue to operate with appropriate sanitization, social distancing, and other measures. Fortunately, many jurisdictions are deeming cannabis businesses to be an essential service that is allowed to operate even during shelter-in-place.

We understand the position your legal marijuana operation may be in without a timely resolution. We sympathize with this unfortunate delay, and are committed to helping you find a solution.

Many cannabis businesses are working hard to disinfect and sanitize spaces, allowing for social distancing, having employees work remotely when possible, increasing cannabis delivery, and other options that promote social distancing and help ensure that qualified patients in particular have access to medical cannabis.

We at McElfresh Law are in daily contact with our clients about how to balance these priorities, and are communicating regularly with local and state regulators.

You Can Always Reach Attorney McElfresh

Again, we are completely operational at McElfresh Law. Your case and the dedicated service we provide will not be interrupted despite this uniquely challenging time.

We are concerned about flattening the curve, providing quality legal guidance, protecting vulnerable populations, and trying to keep our legal cannabis clients operating safely for the good of their employees and customers, particularly qualified patients who rely on medical cannabis.

We are speaking with clients as needed and taking consultations for those seeking our services.

Attorney Jessica McElfresh is available at (858) 756-7107.

We’re All In this Together

We hope that you and your families are safe. Thank you for your patience and flexibility. We truly appreciate your choice in deciding to work with an attorney who will stand by you and fight for you no matter what. We look forward to continuing to work together to resolve your current and future legal issues.