About Aaron Harnett
You are using this internet tool to find a lawyer who is right for you and the problem you are now facing. Years ago I set out to build a criminal law practice which would treat my clients like I would expect to be treated if I were ever in trouble with the law. Read this and find out what that means for you.
I have been practicing criminal law in the Toronto area for 15 years. During those years I have handled some pretty dramatic cases. High-profile matters such as the tragic murder of Toronto Police Service officer William Hancox; the nationally important decriminalization of medical marijuana; the Hell's Angels "criminal organization challenge" in Barrie. I have argued successfully at the Supreme Court of Canada for the striking down of section 488.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada which concerned the execution of searches of law offices. I have defended people described as fraud artists and gangsters and drug traffickers, operating at the very top levels of their respective hierarchies. These complex, difficult cases challenged me. They were the crucible on which my skills and passion for the law were forged.
And yet, what is of the greatest pride to me is the success I have had helping ordinary people with their less dramatic problems. We know that every case is of the utmost importance to the person who is in the center of it. When a person is charged with a crime, it can feel like the world is literally caving in on them. Nothing is more important at that point than finding a lawyer who can quickly understand the problem and take control of the situation. That's what we do best.
There are literally thousands of lawyers in the Greater Toronto Area. Some just dabble in criminal law. They might practice a little real estate law or some wills and estates, and take on criminal cases from time to time for the excitement. Criminal law is no place for part-timers. Just because you have a license to practice law doesn't mean you are truly capable of entering a specialized area like criminal law. Many lawyers practice exclusively in the area of criminal law, but focus their attention on clients who are not like you. We applaud counsel who fight valiantly for the powerless and downtrodden, or for clients who seem to go from one set of charges to another, as if being caught breaking the law is a mere cost of doing business. However, we may encourage their socially important work and yet not feel comfortable with them as our counsel.
I have chosen to focus on people like you. Chances are you've never been in trouble with the law. Maybe a speeding ticket or two, but never been arrested. You're working, and worried about losing your job. You're married, and worried about your kids finding out you're in trouble. You're often required to travel to America, and need to win the case lest you be unable to cross the border. You're losing sleep over this case... literally. You need a lawyer who can put you at the top of his list, and let you know that whatever can be done is actually being done.
By now you realize that in law, as in many professional endeavours, you can get the job done properly, or get it done cheaply, but not both. That is true. But it doesn't mean that hiring the right criminal lawyer needs to be prohibitively expensive. Every case is different, of course, but many cases can be effectively fought for under $5,000.00. At the law office of Aaron B. Harnett, we let you know as early and as clearly as possible what the fee will be. I believe in block fees, not hourly fees, and in most cases, I can set out in black and white how much a case will cost, so you don't have to fret over uncertain legal costs rising silently behind the scenes.
In the end, I have created a practice where I start by asking myself the question: If I was charged, what would I want from my lawyer? It taken me 15 years to answer that question, and I know, both from the judges who try my cases and the clients who congratulate me when its all over, that we've got it right.
Normal Geographical Limits to Practice
Primarily the Greater Toronto Area, but will take cases all over Ontario.
Accepts Legal Aid Certificates in the following areas: Homicides only.
Home Visits and/or Visits to Institutionalized Clients
Accepts Collect Calls
Returns Long Distance Messages