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Toronto Criminal Lawyer

Representing clients across Ontario, Michael Bryant takes a personal approach to practicing criminal law. Bryant was Attorney General of Ontario from 2003-2007, making him accountable for more than 500,000 criminal charges each year. As the National Post put it: 

“Mr. Bryant once headed Ontario’s justice system.”

Then one night in 2009, the tables turned. Michael Bryant was charged with multiple serious criminal offences.  Like every other defendant, he went looking for a criminal lawyer.  Nine months later, his lawyer had successfully made the case for Bryant’s innocence, having convinced the prosecutor to drop all charges.  Today, Michael Bryant does the same for others who have been charged with a criminal offence.

Because he knows the justice system so well, Bryant knows — and truly believes — that you’re innocent until proven otherwise. He knows what it’s like to be arrested, cuffed, charged, and prosecuted.  Michael Bryant — a Harvard-trained lawyer who clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada, a successful politician, published author and university professor — has all the tools to fight your fight and defend your innocence, so you can get your life back.

If you’ve been charged with a criminal offence, you want a strong advocate in your corner. You want Michael Bryant.

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Credentials

  • Attorney General of Ontario 2003-2007
  • Clerked at Supreme Court of Canada for present Chief Justice of Canada
  • LL.M. from Harvard University
  • 2nd in Class at Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Taught Criminal Law at King’s College, University of London
  • Co-Authored book Criminal Law, published by Cavendish
  • Lawyer since 1996, practising at McCarthys LLP and Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Cabinet Minister 2003-2009
  • Member of Provincial Parliament 1999-2009

Fees & Legal Aid

Few people would say that they can “afford” a lawyer.  Being charged with a criminal offence in Canada is, financially, like paying for a medical expense that isn’t covered by our health insurance.  It’s expensive, but you don’t really have a choice.  I’ve been through this myself (having to pay for my own criminal lawyer), so I understand well that this is a tough pill to swallow.

Legal Aid Ontario will pay your legal bills if you meet their eligibility requirements.  It’s complicated, but basically; if you make $1000 or less each month, you qualify for support. This threshold increases to$2000-3000 per month if you’re in a family of four. If you make a little bit over the previous amount, you might get coverage, but will likely have to pay $50-100 each month in fees. However, if you are making much more than that, Legal Aid Ontario will not be able to assist UNLESS you are indigenous or if you are suffering from a mental illness. 

Either way, the only way to get legal aid is to contact Legal Aid at 1-800-668-8258 toll-free (or 416-979-1446 in Toronto).

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Best time to call: 9 to 10 a.m.  Wait time updates are on their website.  

Website:  http://legalaid.on.ca/

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Free Consultation:

It will not cost you anything for an initial consultation, so sit down with me.

We can discuss your case, and decide what’s next.

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Hourly Rate or Block Fees:

It is common practice to offer block flat rate fees, so clients can budget accordingly.  

In some cases, when necessary, we may be able to offer you a monthly payment plan. 

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