Cannabis Administrative Appeals in Sacramento
Over a Decade Spent Protecting the Rights of Californians
The city of Sacramento has laws regarding the cultivation of marijuana, specifically that growers cannot do so in residential areas over a specific amount. Unfortunately, these laws are not always obeyed. In some cases, landlords who rent to those engaged in illegal grow operations are charged as though they were guilty of growing substances themselves. At Donato Legal Group, our Sacramento cannabis administrative appeals lawyer fights to help people protect their rights and avoid criminal penalties. If you were charged with a cannabis-related crime, we can help you appeal the charges.
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 criminally 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 charged with a crime, which is why having an experienced cannabis law attorney is so important.
SMUD Class Action Lawsuit
The current lawsuit against the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) alleges that the company disclosed customer usage information and personal identifying information (PII) in connection with the enforcement of administrative penalties for the alleged cultivation of cannabis. The lawsuit specifically alleges that SMUD disclosed customer usage information and personal identifying information such as: name, phone number, social security number, driver’s license number, etc., to law enforcement agencies and local government agencies without a court order or subpoena and without the customer’s notification or consent. This lawsuit also applies to customers whose customer usage information and PII was disclosed even though their property was/is not the subject property of an alleged illegal cannabis cultivation, but who live within the vicinity of someone who allegedly cultivated cannabis.
If you are a SMUD customer and you believe your customer usage information or PII has been disclosed, call 916-594-3189.
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.
Call (916) 318-5997 now to get started.