Morphew Symes Barristers provides high quality legal representation to clients charged with criminal, quasi-criminal, and regulatory offences. We successfully advocate for our clients’ interests in serious and high-profile cases – and have done so at all levels of court in Ontario. Our pursuit of excellence in law also extends beyond the courtroom. We have on a variety of topics at legal conferences and educational events and have taught criminal law at the University of Toronto. The lawyers at Morphew Symes Barristers are sole practitioners who practice in association with each other.
The lawyers at Morphew Symes Barristers focus on representing clients charged with criminal, quasi-criminal, and regulatory offences. At Morphew Symes Barristers, we collectively have extensive experience successfully advocating before judges and juries for clients charged with serious criminal and quasi-criminal offences.
At Morphew Symes Barristers, we provide individuals with guidance prior to any charges being laid against them. The criminal and quasi-criminal justice process does not always involve criminal charges. We are frequently called to advise clients before they have been charged by the police. We are able to provide clients with advice and guide them through the criminal justice process in a way that can help them avoid being charged with a criminal offence or to prepare them for what to expect upon arrest.
In addition to “pre-charge” advice, we provide advice to complainants and witnesses in criminal and quasi-criminal proceedings. We have often been consulted by complainants in sexual assault cases and individuals seeking guidance with respect to being a witness in court proceedings. With our experience, we have successfully helped numerous individuals understand the workings of the justice system and prepare them for what will happen in court.
Morphew Symes Barristers provides services to clients all over Ontario, including Toronto, Brampton, Newmarket, Oshawa, Hamilton, Brantford, Barrie, Midland, Bradford, Collingwood, Cobourg, Peterborough, Lindsay, Kitchener, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, St. Catherine’s, Milton, Burlington, Sarnia, London, Kingston, Belleville, Bracebridge, Parry Sound, St. Thomas, Windsor, Ottawa, Stratford and Cornwall.
We are able to communicate with clients in English,
Russian and Ukrainian.
The lawyers at Morphew Symes Barristers have years of experience and success in conducting appeals before a variety of different appellate courts, including the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. A criminal conviction does not mean the end of the road. At Morphew Symes Barristers, we help clients have their convictions overturned or their sentences reduced on appeal. We also help clients secure bail pending appeal and stays of driving prohibitions, so that they are not waiting in custody or unable to drive while waiting for their
appeals to be heard.
The first step in the criminal justice process is securing release while waiting for trial, also known as “bail.” Securing bail is critically important to someone who is charged with an offence. This is because being held in custody can put pressure on a person to plead guilty, and can separate them from their families and their lives for years.
At Morphew Symes Barristers, we understand the importance of not only getting our clients bail but also of securing reasonable bail terms. We work with sureties to prepare in advance for bail hearings, and make sure that the terms of release are workable and do not set up our clients for a breach.
We also encourage our clients to get in touch with us before arrest, if possible. We have experience negotiating release terms with the police, ahead of an arrest. This provides certainty to our clients who are going to surrender at a police station.
Even when an initial bail hearing is unsuccessful, there are avenues for “reviewing” the original bail decision. The lawyers at Morphew Symes Barristers have experience conducting bail reviews, and will assist our clients with pursuing all avenues for obtaining bail.
At Morphew Symes Barristers, we have expertise in assisting clients with mental health related matters. We have a thorough knowledge of the applicable mental health legislation in Ontario and how the criminal justice system impacts on individuals with mental health needs. We have strong professional relationships with leading forensic psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals in Ontario.
We have represented clients at criminal trials who have been diagnosed with a mental illness, and we understand how mental illness can play a role in a person’s criminal defence.
Service you can count on and experience you can trust
Anne Marie was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2012. Her practice focuses on complex criminal trials and appeals. Anne Marie believes that being the most prepared person in the courtroom wins trials and she approaches every case with that mentality. Anne Marie has conducted numerous homicide, complex fraud, gun, drug, sexual assault, and impaired driving trials. She regularly appears before all levels of court in Ontario. Anne Marie appears before quasi-criminal tribunals and has been counsel at a Coroner’s inquest.
Karen was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2013. Her practice focuses on complex criminal trials and appeals. Karen brings a thoughtful and creative approach to every case and has obtained success by thinking outside of the box and advancing novel legal arguments. Karen regularly appears before all levels of court in Ontario. Karen has conducted many homicide, gun, drugs, and violent offence cases. She also appears before quasi-criminal and regulatory tribunals. Karen passionately advocates for prisoners’ rights and against the use of solitary confinement.
Morphew Symes Barristers
55 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5J 2H7
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