Criminal Misdemeanors and Felonies:
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Offenses
- Property Offenses
- Motor Vehicle Offenses (DUII, Reckless Driving, violations, etc…)
- Disorderly Conduct / Harassment
- Measure 11
- Firearm Offenses
- Probation Violations
- Contempt of Court
- All Other Criminal Matters
If you are being investigated for or charged with a crime, Michelle S. Bartov is here to help you through the process, whether that means taking your case to trial or negotiating the best possible resolution on your behalf.
Michelle takes an individualized, client-centered approach to each case, providing her clients with all available options applicable to their case, advising her clients as to the positives and negatives of each option, and allowing the client to come to their own decision about how best to move forward with their case. Michelle respects the decision her clients make regarding taking a matter to trial or seeking plea negotiations, and provides each client with all of the information they need to make an informed decision. Clients are never forced to move in one direction over another – the decision regarding how to resolve a case belongs to the client, and the client alone. If a client desires to resolve a case by avoiding the risk of a trial, Michelle will enter into negotiations with the state and zealously negotiate the best possible resolution. Taking a case to trial is a lengthy and complex process. You will be zealously advocated for in all aspects of a trial, from pre-trial investigation, retaining experts, and jury selection to closing argument.
In assisting you through this process, Michelle will examine your case for any constitutional or legal violations by law enforcement (such as your right to remain silent, and your right against unlawful search and seizure), the availability of any motions (such as motions to suppress evidence, or to keep certain information out of your case pursuant to the Rules of Evidence), and whether any defenses apply. Michelle will also examine whether other methods of resolving a case, such as a civil compromise or diversion, would be available under the circumstances. The firm will also make sure the State has provided complete discovery, so the client has all the information necessary to understand their case. Clients are also be advised as to the possible consequences associated with their case, from best case scenario to worst case scenario.
Always remember that if you are approached by law enforcement, you should ask if you are free to go. If you are told you cannot leave, you should ask if you are under arrest. You can tell law enforcement that you do not consent to any search of your person or property, and that you are exercising your constitutional right to remain silent and consult with an attorney. Remember that anything you say can and will be used against you, and so you should not speak to law enforcement or friends and family regarding pending matters.