Experience in all Maryland Felonies and Misdemeanors

Michelle has been a successful criminal attorney in Maryland for 25 years. As a criminal defense lawyer, Michelle is one of the best criminal defense attorneys, with success in cases including the most serious felonies. The experience Michelle brings comes from both sides of the table. As a prior elected State’s Attorney, Michelle knows not just some of the prosecution side, but all of it, and at the highest level. Having been the top law enforcement official in Dorchester County, Michelle brings enormous knowledge to your case. Knowing how the prosecution approaches cases and how the actual elected State’s Attorneys come together and process their policies means Michelle can represent you in the best way for your case. She has spent an entire career in court in front of judges and juries all over the State of Maryland.

You are looking for a successful resolution to your case when you are on the ropes with a criminal investigation or charge. You need the heavyweight experience of Michelle Barnes to know what the best approach is and to have someone in your corner who knows when kid gloves are best for you or when aggressive punches must be thrown in a case. Michelle’s experience brings respect and an ability to know how to best handle your case and get the results that are appropriate for your situation. Her experience and success assures you that she will go the distance for you with force, strength and knowledge.

Successful criminal defense requires full preparation and understanding of all the evidence, and background information that is important to your case and knowing how the prosecution approaches cases. Michelle has the respect and reputation that prosecutors will consider. Michelle knows how important full preparation is to a case and limits the number of cases she takes to ensure that the office can fully and extensively prepare each and every case they handle.

If you are under investigation by a state agency such as the police, social services, juvenile services or other government entity, it is vital to have the representation of an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney immediately. The sooner you contact Michelle, the better her office can serve your interests and help find the best resolution for your situation. Contact Michelle promptly for your best results.

Juvenile Court

Michelle Barnes has the extensive experience with Juvenile Court matters that you need in your corner. Michelle spent over 10 years as a defense attorney handling significant Juvenile Court dockets. In addition, while she was the Elected State’s Attorney, Michelle oversaw and handled the entire Juvenile Court docket. She worked closely with the Department of Juvenile Services(DJS) agents and was a founding partner in bringing a teen drug court to Dorchester County. She knows all the details specific to juvenile cases has the knowledge and unmatched experience to help you and your child in this significant time.

Juvenile Court is not at all the same as traditional criminal court in Maryland, and you need to have someone fight for you that understands this practice area.

Environment and Natural Resources Cases

After spending eight years as the Maryland Attorney General Division Chief for Environmental Crimes, Michelle Barnes has the experience and contacts you need to best address your environment and natural resources cases. With that experience, Michelle knows how the Maryland Department of Environment, the Department of Natural Resources and the Office of the Attorney General evaluate civil and criminal cases and has been on the inside regarding how administrative penalties are assessed.

Natural Resources

Commercial watermen face tougher and tougher sanctions. Legislation allowing administrative hearings to revoke your license have been increasing. Your license is crucial to your livelihood. Don’t take chances. Michelle has the experience and knowledge to get you through any matter.

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Recent Successful Cases

  • 2018:  Had a  first-degree rape case dismissed against our client following investigation and meetings with State’s Attorney in Dorchester County

  • 2018: Following a contested hearing on evidence suppression regarding a vehicle search in a felony drug possession case, the court granted our request to suppress the evidence so it could not be used at trial, resulting in the State dismissing the case

  • 2017:  Obtained dismissal in a First Degree Murder case where client was facing life without the possibility of parole in Dorchester County

  • 2017:  Able to successfully negotiate a second degree assault conviction with time served sentence in 2 separate rape and sexual assault cases in Dorchester County.

  • 2017:  Obtained a dismissal in a felony drug case in Wicomico County.2017:  Obtained a not guilty in a weapons case following a successful suppression motion in Dorchester County.

  • 2016:  Obtained a probation before judgment on simple misdemeanor possession conviction for a client charged with felony drug possession in Wicomico County.

  • 2016:  Obtained a not guilty for client charged with felony drug possession in Talbot County, following successful suppression argument.