Whether you’re seeking legal advice for your cannabis business or representation for cannabis appeals for homeowners, you want a quality attorney to protect you and your property.
Confirm they are qualified to represent cannabis cases
Your attorney must have the credentials and experience to represent cannabis cases. Review their background for top-tier education, recognition from reputable sources, and memberships with professional associations.
Check their education, certifications, and licenses
Only consider attorneys who have studied at reputable law schools and have years of court experience in multiple legal fields, including general counseling, business, liability, and more.
Additionally, your attorney doesn’t need to have specialized in cannabis law during school. Many schools don’t offer a cannabis specialization, but that doesn’t mean you should discount their graduates. Cannabis law is a mixture of multiple practice fields, so if an attorney doesn’t have Cannabis Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits but has won cannabis-related cases, they could still be a great choice.
Check their associations and recognitions
All active attorneys are required to register with their state’s Bar, which displays information about an attorney’s education, licenses, and if they were cited for disciplinary actions. Top performing attorneys are often recognized by legal magazines, journals, and news sources. They also tend to receive awards for exemplary performance.
They should have a record of winning cannabis cases
If you’re looking for an attorney to represent you in a specific case, your attorney should have defended and won similar cases. For example, if your Sacramento tenants grew illegal cannabis and you’ve been fined, look for an attorney who has dismissed fines for other property owners during their cannabis appeals.
Finally, your attorney must represent clients in your area
Differences in federal and state laws make cannabis law complex and often confusing. Some attorneys only represent cases or clients in a particular area, like the Bay Area or Sacramento county. In cannabis cases, it’s especially helpful to have an attorney specialized with the specifics of cannabis law in your City or County.