Drug and Criminal Defense in San Diego
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Attorney Michael Kern

Drug Offense Lawyer in San Diego

Effective Defense Against Your Drug Offense Charges Since 2004

If you have been charged with any type of drug offense in San Diego, California, you will need the legal attention of a powerful San Diego drug offense lawyer. I am Attorney Michael D. Kern. I offer comprehensive drug crime defense to help you avoid a conviction that can negatively affect your life. Now is the time to be proactive about dealing with the charges you face by speaking with my firm.

You can work with Kern Law, APC to obtain protection from the criminal penalties that are associated with your alleged drug offense. It is my goal to help you gain a larger understanding of the charges you face and the legal process that follows an arrest.

My firm has over a decade of experience, including extensive trial experience, providing zealous representation to clients who face a variety of drug offense charges. I offer personalized criminal defense and I do not overpromise results or deliver less than my absolute best representation.

Providing an Honest Evaluation of Your Situation

At Kern Law, APC, my goal is to provide you with an honest evaluation of your case so that you know the penalties you may suffer and the likelihood of a successful result. I strive to listen to each client's concerns so that I can understand their objective with their case and effectively defend their position.

During an evaluation, I can explain the steps you need to achieve your individual goals that pertain to your specific drug offense charge. My legal practice is exclusively devoted to criminal defense, and I am committed to seeking justice for people who have been charged with all types of drug crimes, from simple possession to the transportation of a Schedule I drug.

If you have been arrested because of any type of drug-related offense, it is in your best interest to enlist the legal services of an attorney with over a decade of experience. My firm can assist you through your case from beginning to end. I begin each case by performing a complete client interview, gathering the facts, interviewing witnesses, and executing a thorough investigation.

As your San Diego drug offense attorney, I can then represent you in the appropriate motions, pretrial, trial and post-trial phases of the legal process. My cost-effective representation includes ensuring that the government is held to the burden of proof if it is to convict you of the alleged drug offense.

Our Commitment to Excellence

  • Better Business Bureau Accredited
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • NACDL Member
  • The State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association

California Uniform Controlled Substances Act

Drug offenses in the state of California are described in the Health and Safety Code § 11377-11382.5. In California, it is illegal to sell, possess, or distribute any type of controlled substance without a valid prescription or any type of illegal drug. The California Uniform Controlled Substances Act regulates these actions and serves as the U.S. federal drug policy. Penalties and consequences for violating drug crime laws are quite severe and can vary depending on the type of schedule classification of the drug. Drug offense schedules are used to differentiate crimes involving cocaine, heroin, meth, marijuana, and other types of controlled substances.

Looking for a lawyer for your drug case in San Diego? Whatever classification your drug offense falls under, my firm can help you combat these charges. My goal is to listen to a client's concerns so that I can understand his or her objective for the outcome of their case. I understand how crucial listening and observing are to effectively defend clients' cases.

As a motivated and hard-working lawyer, I can offer you comprehensive drug offense defense. My firm understands that you may not be guilty for the offense that you have been charged with, especially if it involves a prescription drug. California's law enforcement is doing all that it can to arrest and prosecute people who mishandle illegal drugs and controlled substances.

Our Values

Contact Kern Law, APC for a Free Consultation

If you are under investigation for any type of drug offense, it is in your best interest to protect your rights and freedoms by enlisting the defense of my firm. I have the qualifications that can prove my ability to effectively represent you, including having represented fellow attorneys for their criminal cases.

Kern Law, APC has also maintained excellent client relationships and customer satisfaction with the people I have represented in the past. You can trust my skilled representation to provide you with high-quality drug offense defense. Contact my firm today for the legal representation you deserve!

Serving Clients in San Diego County

My firm proudly represent clients throughout all of San Diego County, including the cities of El Cajon, Eastlake, Spring Valley, Rancho Peñasquitos, Vista, Winter Gardens, San Marcos, National City, Santee, Eucalyptus Hills, Lakeside, Mid-City, Lemon Grove, San Carlos, Grantville, Granite Hills, Bostonia. My office is conveniently located in La Mesa, so don't hesitate to stop by for your free consultation!

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Clients Words to Prove Our Firm is the Right Choice

  • “Strategic is the word I would use to describe Michael Kern. He is the best!”


  • “His good relationship with the court and the judiciary in general is a major asset for his clients.”


  • “Mr. Kern was a very helpful lawyer looked into the case thoroughly to make sure you get the best out come possible.”


  • “I couldn't thank him enough for the work he did on my case, which managed to get completely dismissed.”


  • “Kept me from going to jail and really minimized my sentence.”

    Eddie S.

  • “He ended this issue fast, it was a done deal, no fine or probation not even a ticket!”

    Joseph V.

  • “I'm so thankful I made this decision to lawyer up.”


  • “I was lost, but then there was Michael Kern.”


  • “He represented me in a way I hope that everyone would experience.”


  • “I would recommend his assistance to anyone I know who got into trouble of some sorts and requires a great lawyer.”

    Vicky B.

  • “I would definitely hire Michael again if I ever get in trouble which I hope I don't get into.”

    Diego O.

  • “Michael did not want to settle unless we were to be offered the best possible deal.”


  • “Very friendly and professional.”

    J. ALLEN

  • “ His technical knowledge and years of experience are shown immediately when you walk into his office.”


  • “Excellent representation!”

    Theresa S.

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Kern Law, APC

5360 Jackson Drive, Suite 218
La Mesa, CA 91942

402 W Broadway Suite 400
San Diego, CA 93101

Phone: (619) 202-5583

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Service Area:

La Mesa and surrounding areas.