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Cannabis Administrative Appeals in Sacramento

Over a Decade Spent Protecting the Rights of Californians

The County of Sacramento and its municipalities imposes administrative penalties for the alleged cultivation of cannabis when such cultivation exceeds six living cannabis plants within a private residence or upon the grounds of the residence. The penalties imposed range from $500 per plant to $1,000 per plant over and above the legal limit. Administrative penalties can cost homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars and some penalties are over a million dollars. Donato Legal Group defends homeowners against the unlawful seizure of their property. In fact, after the Donato Legal Group successfully appealed an administrative penalty on behalf of its client, the City of Sacramento wiped out penalties in several other cases. You can read about it here.

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Bringing Charges Against Unwitting Property Owners

For people who own rental properties, the activities performed by their tenants cannot reasonably be monitored at all times. Unless a landlord visits a tenant on a constant basis, there is a chance that they will be unaware of illegal grow practices taking place on their property. Recently, more and more landlords are being charged for their tenants’ activities, sometimes without the actual growers facing any consequences.

Some property owners are charged based on accusations that they:

  • Did not adequately inspect their rental property
  • Are involved in more serious organized crime
  • Were negligent in suspecting illegal drug activity
  • Are guilty of a crime other than what could reasonably be said to have taken place

In these cases, it can feel like the notion of “innocent until proven guilty” goes out the window. Many property owners hardly understand why they are being fined for someone else's crime, which is why having an experienced cannabis law attorney is so important.

Fighting for Your Due Process

You have a right to understand the charges being alleged against you. Because of the ambiguity between state and federal law, some local law enforcement officers feel they are entitled to make arrests without having adequate evidence—let alone warrants.

At Donato Legal Group, our criminal defense lawyer understands the difficulty of your situation. We take the time to fully understand the details of each client’s case to help them obtain the best possible outcome for their situation. With us on your side, you can feel confident about reaching a favorable resolution to your case.

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Former Client Reviews

Caring Representation That's Focused On Results 
  • Alan is a skilled trial attorney who's work ethic is matched by his integrity.

    “Alan and I have had several cases against each other. Alan is a skilled trial attorney who's work ethic is matched by his integrity. He is a worthy adversary who fights for his client.”

    - Brett W.
  • I cherish their hard work, dedication, and passion.

    “After fighting false allegations for a 3 year ordeal, I still can’t believe that my case is finally over. Alan took my case to trial and the jury agreed that I didn’t do anything. I will never ever be ...”

    - Former Client
  • I owe a lot to him and would recommend him to anyone looking for a criminal defense lawyer.

    “Alan was amazing and helped me get through a really tough part of life. He fought for me and got me the best deal possible. I owe a lot to him and would recommend him to anyone looking for a criminal ...”

    - Former Client
  • They have helped my son.

    “The nightmare started in South Lake Tahoe, my son was arrested and charged with a serious crime, he was appointed a Public Defender who did everything in her power to hurt my son and work against him, ...”

    - Melissa
  • Alan Donato saved my life!

    “My story begins a year ago when my house was raided by the cops. They were looking for someone who had a warrant. When I went to jail my whole life flipped upside down. Fear of losing my job and even ...”

    - Daniel
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Meet the Team

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    Alan Donato
    Aggressively Protecting Client Rights Alan J. Donato received his Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif (top 10% of the class) with Great Distinction and was certified in Oral Advocacy. Mr. Donato was also inducted into the Order of the Barristers for high honor in trial skills and courtroom advocacy. For eight years after graduating, Mr. Donato trained young lawyers as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at McGeorge ...
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    Tiffany Wynn
    Legal Assistant, Donato Legal Group Tiffany is the legal assistant, jack-of-all-trades, and right hand person to Alan Donato. Tiffany is a proud alumna of the University of Puget Sound where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Abstract Mathematics and U.S. Politics and Government. Tiffany graduated with distinction from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she met her then-mock trial coach Alan Donato, who quickly became her mentor and close friend. Tiffany’s passion is ...
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