General Questions

Do I have to show up to Court?

When you retain Mike’s expertise, Mike will do everything he can to ensure you stay out of the court room. Depending on the case, you may need to be present at times. If this is so, Mike will do everything necessary to prepare you, ensuring you are comfortable with the process.

How much does it cost to retain a lawyer?

Mike will provide you with a free consultation in person or by telephone.You will be quoted fees on a flat fee basis rather than an hourly rate. This will allow you to calculate the exact cost of your defense before you retain Mike’s services. You will be required to deposit a minimum retainer before Mike will go on the record for your defense. After the initial retainer, the balance of your fees can be divided into equal monthly payments due before the conclusion of your file. All fees are held in trust until your file is complete. Mike accepts cash, cheque, money order, Visa, MasterCard and e-transfers.

How long does the court process take?

Court proceedings vary dependent on the charge(s). Some may be resolved in just a few weeks, whereas others can take a considerable amount of time. Mike’s goal is to ensure court matters are resolved as quickly as possible while achieving a fair result.

I’ve just been arrested. What do I do?

You were just arrested.  The police told you that you can obtain legal advice. This is your right!!! Call a lawyer now and do not give a statement.  If you are using your smartphone to read this information, you should know the following information: If you are being charged with Operating a Conveyance while over .08, you should co-operate with police including providing a roadside sample (but not provide any statements) and provide a sample at the police station after you speak to a lawyer. If you are charged with anything else, always speak to a lawyer first. The police should be providing you with access to a telephone, phone books, and toll-free number to Legal Aid. Remember, you must properly identify yourself to the police. Provide your name and contact information. Do not provide any other information. The police are documenting everything you say and you have the right to say nothing. The police will continue to ask you questions anyway, however, you do not have to answer them!