THERE ARE NO SMALL CASES
A criminal charge and conviction can have a profound impact on an individual's life, s0 choosing the right lawyer to represent you during this difficult time is crucial.
Your lawyer should make you feel like a priority. You want someone with experience who will work hard on your case to give you the best chance of obtaining the outcome you desire. You also need someone you feel comfortable with whom you can communicate with freely.
Favourable results cannot be guaranteed at the outset of a case, so how can you determine if a criminal lawyer you're meeting or speaking with for the first time is the right fit for you?
Some Factors to Evaluate in Your Initial Meeting:
a) What experience they have with your charges or similar ones;
b) What potential defence(s) are available;
c) How would they approach your matter;
d) What is their overall experience?
Keep in mind if the lawyer you're considering hiring has represented clients with serious and complex cases in the past, they'll likely be more than capable of handling your specific charge(s) even without direct experience.
Strong and Experienced Advocacy
Michelle S. Fernandes has been exclusively practicing criminal defence law for several years. She has defended clients facing a range of charges from murder, drug trafficking and sexual assault to fraud under $5,000. From jury trials in the Superior Court of Justice to judge alone trials in the Ontario Court of Justice, she has successfully represented her clients over the years and helped them through this difficult period in their life.
Clients want their matter dealt with as swiftly and painlessly as possible. That’s why her first priority is to zealously advocate for you every step of the way as your case moves through the criminal justice system. Working with you early on and throughout your matter ensures your charges have the best chance of being withdrawn, or stayed early on, before a trial date is ever set.
Before being charged for the first time, most people have had little to no interaction with the criminal justice system. Even people who have had prior dealings often have erroneous or outdated knowledge about the law and their charges.
At the firm communication happens regularly and clearly with our clients. The more a client can understand their case and how it will move through the courts, the better they can make decisions, instruct their lawyer, and feel a greater sense of reassurance and calm throughout this process.
Hard Work Equals Better Results
Ms. Fernandes spent years working downtown Toronto at one of the largest criminal defence firms in Canada where she eventually became a partner. After she agrees to take on a new client, she starts working on their case early on to determine what defences are available and the best strategy for your charges. Case preparation does not begin after a trial date is set. Cases are won and lost months before a trial date is ever set. She starts the work early. She works hard. She doesn’t stop until the case is done.
There are no Small Cases
Michelle S. Fernandes Criminal Defence is a boutique practice. This means that only a limited number of clients are taken on at any given time in order to provide high quality service to everyone. We value your business and appreciate the ability to help you during this stressful and challenging period in your life.
Here, there are no small cases.