Over 90 years of combined criminal defense experience in the Van Nuys and San Fernando courts

Bob Schwartz

Of Counsel

Bob Schwartz has been a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney for 43 years. In 2012, Mr. Schwartz was honored as the Criminal Defense Attorney of the Year by the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Garret Weinrieb

Managing Partner

Garret Weinrieb, a graduate of the UCLA School of Law and the University of California, Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa), draws on over 20 years of experience as a Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley criminal defense attorney and litigator to aggressively represent and protect his clients’ rights and interests against all felony and misdemeanor criminal charges.

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San Fernando & Van Nuys Marijuana Attorney

Marijuana offenses are the most common drug charges in Van Nuys and the San Fernando Valley. Marijuana is the most commonly used “recreational drug”, and there are medical marijuana “dispensaries” or “collectives” throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. While many consider marijuana “no big deal,” law enforcement continues to crackdown on marijuana offenses.

Marijuana charges for “simple possession” are filed as infractions, misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the amount and type of marijuana at issue (possession of < 28.5g of marijuana is an infraction). Individuals charged with simple possession may, depending on their criminal history, qualify for drug programs such as DEJ or Proposition 36 which will result in the dismissal of their case upon completion of drug treatment. Charges of possession of marijuana for sale, sales and cultivation are felonies. The main issue in these cases is typically whether marijuana was possessed or cultivated for personal use, or whether it was illegally possessed for sale, or cultivated, sold or transported for the purpose of sale. “Medical Marijuana” has become a central issue in marijuana cases. Individuals with a medical marijuana card, or who assert that they are a member of a lawful medical marijuana collective, may have a strong defense to charges of unlawfully possessing, cultivating or selling marijuana. However, medical marijuana defenses are not always applicable, and a detailed case analysis must be conducted to determine if a case falls within the parameters of a “medical marijuana defense.”

Van Nuys & San Fernando Marijuana Attorneys

For over 80 combined years, Schwartz & Weinrieb has aggressively defended individuals charged with the possession, cultivation, possession for sale, sale and distribution of marijuana.

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges for any marijuana offense, and want an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer, contact a criminal defense attorney from Schwartz & Weinrieb today at (818) 888-2711.

Experienced Defense Lawyers

With over 90 years of combined criminal defense experience, the murder defense legal team at Schwartz & Weinrieb will immediately review all evidence against you. Your case will be an immediate priority and a defense strategy will be determined and immediately employed.


When you have been arrested and charged with a crime in the Van Nuys or San Fernando courthouses, whether a first DUI offense or a serious felony charge, one rule holds true: do not discuss your case or answer questions until you have legal representation.

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