Marijuana Possession

Marijuana Possession | Torrance Criminal Defense Lawyers | Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers

What does the prosecutor have to show to prove that I am guilty of this crime?

To prove that you are guilty of this crime, the prosecutor must show that:

  1. You possessed drugs;
  2. You had knowledge of their presence;
  3. You knew that the substance you possessed was drugs;
  4. You possessed the drugs with intent to sell them;
  5. that the drugs were in a useable amount.

What defenses can your lawyers use in the defense of my case?

Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers (Torrance criminal defense lawyers, South Bay criminal defense lawyers) may be able to argue that the amount of drugs that you are alleged to have possessed for sale was not a “usable amount.” To be convicted of this crime, you must possess more than useless traces or debris of the controlled substance.

If the drugs were found in your place of residence but you did not have control over them or have the right to control them, we may successfully argue that you did not possess it, in the first place. Even if you knew of it’s presence, you cannot be convicted if you did not possess it either personally or through another person.

We may also be able to obtain a dismissal of your case through a pre-trial motion arguing the constitutionality of the search or seizure that led to your arrest and charge for possession for purposes of sale. If the police did not have a search warrant to enter your home or to search your car, and did not have a valid “exception” to the requirement that they must first obtain a warrant, we may be able to have the evidence against you thrown out. If the evidence is suppressed, the prosecutor may not have enough evidence to go forward with a trial and your case may be dismissed.

There are a host of issues we can evaluate based on our analysis of the police reports, witness statements and other evidence on file. Based on our findings, we may be able to successfully thwart a criminal prosecution in court, or otherwise weaken the case against you.

Can you help me fight these charges?


Considering the severity of the penalties, which include imprisonment, substantial fines and community service, we urge you to contact us and make an appointment immediately.

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As a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, Robert Ernenwein knows the criminal process inside out, giving him a distinct edge when he represents you in court. Mr. Ernenwein is well respected and well known by Los Angeles prosecutors and Judges. In 2009, Los Angeles Magazine selected him as a Super Lawyer, a distinguished honor and a mark of excellence. Robert Ernenwein is Certified by the California State Bar as a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law and has been a legal commentator for FOX News.

Since 1987, he has represented clients in over ten thousand (10,000!) criminal cases in Los Angeles Courts. Mr. Ernenwein has over 30 years of experience and 100% of our practice is devoted to criminal law.

That’s over 30 years of nothing but criminal defense!

Contact a Los Angeles or Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyer today at 310-375-5858 for a free case review.