Both federal and state authorities have stepped up efforts to arrest and convict on drug offenses throughout California. But in the war on drugs, it can be all too easy for overly zealous law enforcement officials and prosecutors to overstep their bounds and tread on your rights. As a lawyer acknowledged throughout the legal community for his success in pretrial motions to suppress illegally obtained evidence, Doron Weinberg addresses all legal issues and challenges all evidence. When a case does go to trial, we have challenged informants and wiretaps — and received acquittals for our clients.
While, traditionally, the laws have been more strict and the punishment harsher at the federal level, penalties at the state level have become equally severe — even for a first offense. Drug crimes charged at a federal level generally include those involving crossing state or international borders, as well as those that were part of organized crime. Because the federal government has extraordinary resources, they may have spent months or more in a grand jury investigation of a drug crime. These days, even California state criminal drug charges may have an element of federal involvement.
For more than 40 years, drug crime attorney Doron Weinberg — named the 2011 San Francisco Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year — has used his knowledge of state and federal drug laws, combined with his trial skills and his passion for justice, to achieve downward departure sentencing or acquittals for clients charged with distribution, trafficking, manufacturing or possession of drugs listed in the Controlled Substances Act. This includes, among others:
Mr. Weinberg’s reputation has led him to mount defenses outside Northern California as well: In 1993 in Houston and in 2001 in Kansas City we successfully defended artist and author Mark McCloud against charges of distribution of LSD, achieving not-guilty verdicts in both cases.
California’s Compassionate Use Act gives patients who suffer from diseases such as glaucoma, certain cancers and ALS the right to obtain and use properly prescribed marijuana. The act protects doctors and patients with prescriptions from being prosecuted or punished for dispensing, prescribing, using or growing marijuana for medical purposed. However, the Federal Controlled Substances Act conflicts with the California statute by making the use and dispensing of marijuana illegal and prosecutable. We are helping to end the prosecution of dispensaries and others who distribute medical marijuana to those with a vital, medical need. Recently, we have been involved in the defense of one of the largest medical marijuana dispensaries in Northern California, the target of a major federal prosecution.
If you are under investigation or have been charged with a drug crime, act now to protect your rights. Call the Law Offices of Doron Weinberg now at 1.888.402.4755 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. Evening and weekend appointments are available.