Medical Marijuana Attorney
We represent clients charged with all types of marijuana related offenses, ranging from possession of drug paraphernalia to large scale grow operations. Although societal attitudes about marijuana are changing, the government continues to prosecute these marijuana cases as part of the “war on drugs.” These misguided efforts can have severe consequences for individuals charged with marijuana offenses. A conviction can result in jail or prison time, substantial fines, and the loss of certain civil liberties.
In addition to the criminal sanctions, the authorities will often seize the suspect’s property or house and commence a civil forfeiture proceeding. In these cases the government must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the marijuana was possessed or grown for a commercial purposes, and that a “substantial nexus” exists between the marijuana and the property. What constitutes a “substantial nexus” often depends of the facts in the individual case. These civil forfeitures can have a devastating financial impact that may far exceed the threat of jail.
Challenging Unlawful Searches
In many cases, the police have intruded onto private property to view or seize the marijuana. If the police did so without probable cause, the charge most likely will have to be dismissed. We are fortunate in this state to have a constitution that provides a higher level of protection against government intrusion. But in order to take advantage of that extra protection, you need an attorney willing to fully investigate the police conduct and knowledgeable enough in the law to file the right motions. At Dixon & Cannon, Ltd. we have the experience necessary to challenge these unlawful searches. We also have the necessary civil experience to effectively defend our clients in the civil forfeiture proceedings.
While Washington law allows people to grow, possess or consume marijuana for medical purposes, many medical marijuana patients are still being charged with criminal offenses. In these cases, the prosecution often argues that the medical permit was improperly issued, or that the patient exceeded the scope of that permit. At Dixon & Cannon, Ltd. we not only know the medical marijuana statutes, we know all of the fine points of the law in this area. We have employed that knowledge to repeatedly obtain dismissals for our clients in these medical marijuana cases. For more information on medical marijuana, please see “What to Know about Medical Marijuana.”
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