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Drug FAQ’S

What Is A Controlled Substance?

Posted in California Law,Criminal Defense,Drug FAQ'S on February 10, 2022

The majority of drug crimes in California rely on controlled substances being involved. However, you may not be sure what a controlled substance is or why you are being charged with a drug offense in the first place.  Controlled substances are illegal for individuals to possess or consume under state and federal law. When you…

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2022 Guide To California’s Marijuana Laws

Posted in California Law,Drug FAQ'S on February 3, 2022

The state of California may be progressive in its marijuana laws, but that does not mean you cannot be arrested for marijuana-related crimes. California marijuana laws can be complex, and if you find yourself facing criminal charges, you could be subject to harsh penalties.  Make sure you understand how California’s marijuana laws work and how…

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Is It Illegal To Sell Fake Drugs?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drug FAQ'S on February 3, 2022

When you are arrested on drug-related charges, you may not initially be concerned if the drugs in question were fake or counterfeit. However, you may be surprised to learn that selling counterfeit drugs is illegal under state and federal law.  The consequences of a conviction could haunt you for the rest of your life. Make…

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What are the Legal Drug Classifications?

Posted in California Law,Drug FAQ'S on July 22, 2021

Most people have heard that drugs are “classified” on certain schedules. However, it can be confusing to understand exactly what this drug schedule classification means. In 1970, the federal government passed the Controlled Substances Act in response to the growing drug epidemic in the US. This Act established five separate drug classifications (schedules). What are…

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What happens to my car after being arrested for DUI in California?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drug FAQ'S,Drunk Driving,DUI on October 7, 2019

Getting pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence is difficult and may require you to go to court. This process is tough enough, especially when you have to worry about getting your car back as well. Even though a vehicle will almost always be towed away after a DUI arrest, you can almost…

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Can I Travel with CBD Oil?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drug FAQ'S on September 17, 2019

There has been a rapid rise in the popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) oil in the United States. The product is sold in many retail locations and marketed to ease or solve many types of ailments. There are some FDA-approved medications that contain CBD oil, though most of the CBD products sold are not FDA-approved. It…

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Marijuana Cultivation Laws in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drug FAQ'S on July 28, 2019

In November 2016, California voters approved a marijuana legalization measure. Proposition 64 had some limits. It only applies to people over 21 who possess small amounts of marijuana. Moreover, marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Nevertheless, Proposition 64 did legalize marijuana for personal use, in most situations. This measure covered not only refined marijuana,…

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Can I Get a Marijuana Card if I Have a Criminal Record?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drug FAQ'S on July 23, 2019

In November 2016, California voters approved a partial marijuana decriminalization measure. Possession of under one ounce, which is usually about fifty joints, is legal under California law. It’s also legal to possess eight grams of concentrated cannabis or grow up to six plants. As a result of these changes, California is now a big player…

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Random Drug Tests: What Are My Rights?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drug FAQ'S on December 18, 2018

To protect company safety, health, and operations, many employers require their employees and applicants submit to random drug tests. However, these tests are subject to many legal regulations regarding discrimination, fair notice, and accuracy. Before submitting to a drug test, it is crucial that you know your rights and can identify if a test violates…

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What You Need to Know About Erasing Past Cannabis Convictions 2019

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drug FAQ'S on November 14, 2018

Recreational Marijuana Laws in California On January 1st, 2018, California joined the ranks of states such as Colorado, Washington, and Delaware and legalized cannabis for recreational use. During the November 2016 election, 57.1% of California voters cast their ballots in favor of Proposition 64, which provides the legal framework for recreational cannabis. While the proposition…

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