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Fresno Marijuana Defense Attorney

Defending Against Marijuana Charges in the Fresno-Area

There are two primary areas of marijuana defense where I can help you, and I have a proven track record in both areas, as the following testimonials show:

Just finished a medical marijuana case. We were able to get it dropped before prelim, which saved time and money. Rick has a thorough understanding of prop 215 and sb420 and deployed it immediately in the courtroom.

From another dismissed case, which involved medical marijuana:

I want to thank Rick Horowitz for representing me over the last year, in my Medical Marijuana criminal case. This has been the worst time of my life… Having your representation brought a tremendous feeling of peace to both my wife and I. Facing 3 Felony charges for cultivation, intent to distribute, your positive attitude and wise counsel, along with your intervention with the district attorneys, relieved us of a great deal of anxiety.

Medical Marijuana Defense in Fresno

A number of Fresno-area criminal defense attorneys will be willing to take your medical marijuana case, mistakenly believing that it’s just like any other kind of criminal defense case.

It’s not.

Medical marijuana is rightly considered to be a specialized type of criminal defense. Partly, this is because unlike other areas of criminal defense, the best defense here is an offense. Many criminal defense attorneys believe they can sleep-walk through the preliminary examination in a medical marijuana case, just as so many of them do in a “regular” criminal defense case. It’s no secret that a majority of preliminary examinations result in a holding order; in other words, you lose the prelim and start prepping for trial.

Medical marijuana isn’t like that. With medical marijuana cases, you will almost always want to put on what is called “an affirmative defense” at the preliminary examination. This is because the California Supreme Court has said that:

“In view of his or her status as a qualified patient or primary caregiver, the grand jury or the magistrate should not indict or commit the defendant in the first place, but instead should bring the prosecution to an end at that point.”

I know how to put on a medical marijuana defense. I won’t sleep-walk you through the preliminary hearing. And if—as happens because judges don’t follow the laws on medical marijuana much better than law enforcement—we still lose at prelim, I know how to keep fighting. I’ve won medical marijuana cases at prelim; I’ve won them after prelim (but still before trial). Contact an experienced Fresno marijuana defense lawyer who knows how to handle these types of cases.

I know medical marijuana law, and I’ve written the following articles on the topic:

  • Blowing Smoke: Proposition 19 & Medical Marijuana
  • Toke It Easy, Man: More on Proposition 19
  • What Could Go Wrong?: Still More on Proposition 19
  • "We Shouldn’t Have to Investigate"
  • Marijuana & The Rule of Law
  • Stems or Bud? Proposition 19 AGAIN
  • Pot Smoke & Mirrors
  • Up In Smoke
  • When Law ENFORCEMENT Doesn't Like the Law
  • Dispensing (With) Law: Strict Constructionism & Medical Marijuana
  • Evergreen Update
  • A Proper "Medical Marijuana" Defense
  • Tokin' Appreciation: Medical Marijuana & "Profit"
  • People v. Jackson: The Judge Was High—The Judges Still Are
  • Imagine If There Were A Law…
  • Dammit, Jim! I’m a Lawyer, Not a Doctor!
  • A Few Misconceptions Reconceptualated
  • Using Marijuana to Legally Disarm Californians

Proposition 64

In November 2016, the voters of the State of California approved Proposition 64. “Prop 64,” as the short version of the name goes, includes a number of changes to the criminal laws relating to who is allowed to use marijuana (and under what conditions), the punishment for those who have violated the laws in the past, and specifies new punishments for violations of the law going forward now that Proposition 64 is in effect.

It is important to note that Proposition 64 does not completely decriminalize marijuana within California, and it doesn’t necessarily change (yet, anyway) the municipal laws that may apply to the cultivation, sale, purchase, and use of marijuana.

The primary things you want to know right now are that some people with felony convictions relating to the cultivation, transportation, sale, and use of marijuana may be eligible to have their previous cases either dismissed or reduced to misdemeanors. This includes people currently serving sentences related to those charges, as well as people whose sentences have already been completed. So, if you’re looking for a way to get those felonies removed from your record, you’ll want to call me for an appointment to discuss your case.

While you certainly can handle your Prop 64 petition yourself, it can create problems, especially as some courts are still getting up to speed on how the changes work.

So what are you waiting for? Call (559) 540-8899 to get help from, Rick Horowitz, a Fresno marijuana defense lawyer today!

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