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Minerva Cansino Blanchette

DUI and DWI Attorney at Cartersville, GA

5.0   67 reviews

About Minerva

Learn Minerva’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Former Senior State Prosecutor with extensive Jury Trial Experience. Handling Felony and Misdemeanor Cases in Bartow, Paulding, Fulton, Cobb and Cherokee Counties and surrounding areas. "Let my Experience Work for You!"

    23 years, 4,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    45%
    Specializing in DUI cases for over 17 years. It is very important to hire a lawyer with specialized training in defending DUI cases. "Let my Experience Work for You!"

    23 years, 1,700 cases

  3. Estate planning
    5%
    Experienced Estate Planning Attorney specializing in irrevocable and revocable trusts, wills, and all other accompanying estate documents. "Let my Experience Work for You!"

    10 years, 250 cases

  4. Immigration
    5%
    The Experience you WANT. The Results you NEED. The Trust you DESERVE. Hablamos Espanol.

    10 years, 500 cases

Attorney Blanchette has been a member of the Georgia Bar Association since 1999 and has nearly two decades of jury trial experience.  She is a former Senior Prosecutor for the State of Georgia and a former Senior Circuit Defender.  Minerva is a top honor law graduate from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts where she has obtained her Juris Doctorate degree, and an honor and scholar graduate from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida where she has obtained her B.A. in Legal Studies with a minor in Foreign Languages.  She has practiced throughout the State of Georgia  and has extensive experience in the areas of Criminal Law & Immigration Law.  Her practice also includes Estate Law and Family Law. Attorney Blanchette began her career in the area of Property & Tax Law where she has assisted in fighting various municipalities on property tax issues for major corporations such as Exxon, Texaco & Mobile.  Her experience also extends to the area of Estate & Trusts where she assisted in representing the Estate of a well known celebrity entertainer and defending clients on tax issues against the IRS. 

 

Attorney Blanchette is most recognized for her work as a former Prosecutor for the State of Georgia for over 7 years where she has served as a Lead Trial Assistant District Attorney in 3 Judicial Circuits:  South Georgia Judicial Circuit (Decatur, Mitchell, Calhoun, Baker & Grady Counties), Cherokee Judicial Circuit (Bartow & Gordon Counties), and the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit (Polk & Harralson Counties).

 

 


 

 

As a prosecutor, she handled both Felonies and Misdemeanor cases and was trained to be the Circuits’ lead prosecutor for Capital Felonies including Death Penalty Cases, Murder, Rape, Sexual Crimes, Drug Trafficking, Kidnapping, and Armed Robbery.  She has also taught and held seminars for local law enforcement agencies and the community on various criminal law related topics.  As a former State Prosecutor, Attorney Blanchette has earned an impressive reputation throughout the State of Georgia for her diligence, knowledge, readiness, and skill in the courtroom.

 

Attorney Blanchette was then recruited to serve as a Senior Assistant Lead Public Defender and has served in the area of indigent defense for 7 years.  She was a sucessful Lead Trial Attorney for the Chief Superior Court Judge and has gained the respect and admiration of her clients, her fellow attorneys, the Courts, and the community.  She is sought after as a mentor to her fellow colleagues and praised by her clients as being diligent, aggressive, trustworthy and bestowing confidence in her clients that they have an experienced lawyer on their side.  She has represented clients is all criminal matters and proceedings including jury trials, appeals, probation revocations, pre-trial motions, and has gained an expertise in the area of DUIs and major felonies.  She has let her experience gained as a prosecutor work in her client’s favor.

 

Attorney Blanchette is also a member of the Georgia Bar Association, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Federal Bar Association-Immigration Law Section, American Bar Association, Bartow County Bar Association, Paulding County Bar Association, and Cobb County Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in both the Georgia Appellate Courts and the Federal District Courts.  She also speaks English and Spanish.

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Licensed for 23 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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CANSINO BLANCHETTE LAW FIRM, LLC
Cansino Blanchette Law Firm, LLC
107 Postelle Street
Cartersville, GA, 30120

Reviews

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Posted by Katie | December 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire Minerva!
This was my first time getting in trouble with the law and Minerva Blanchette and her team were SO helpful! She was very upfront with possible outcomes based on my case. My incident occurred right before COIVD hit and my court date kept getting pushed, however, Minerva and her team, especially Tyler, were great at keeping up communication and making sure all my questions were answered. Ms Blanchette is highly knowledgeable and very well known in the local court system. I would hire her again in a heartbeat. I was so thankful for my outcome! It was better than what I could have asked for! Thanks again to the Blanchette team for being s0 great!
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Posted by Frank | May 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Professionalism and expertise that is beyond reproach
Ms. Blanchette helped my family with a difficult manner. Her expertise, professionalism, and reputation in the legal community is steering the case to a very successful conclusion. We definitely have a friend in the legal sector. I would strongly recommend Ms. Blanchette and her colleagues for any legal manner!
Posted by Chad | May 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AMAZING ATTORNEY
BEST CRIMINAL ATTORNEY IN THE AREA!! I came to Mrs Blanchette with an 11 count case which included Trafficking 4oz of Meth, Possession of a Firearm with altered Serial Numbers, DUI, and Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a crime. I had previously hired another law firm in the area and paid them $10,000. That firm could only get me a final offer from the DA of 25 yrs to serve 10 yrs minimum. I contacted Minerva Blanchette 3 days before my plea hearing and she agreed to take the case. Minerva, Tyler, and her staff immediately began working hard to review my case. She was able to find a motion to suppress the evidence in my case and I just walked out of court today clear on all felony counts. All charges were dismissed except 2 traffic violations due to the wreck I was in. I could not be happier and without a doubt would highly recommend this firm to anyone needing an attorney in the Bartow, Cherokee, and North GA Circuit. Minerva saved my life and I could never repay all that she has given me back
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Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2019
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Best of the Best
Ms.Blanchette has represented me twice in criminal matters and has successfully gotten both cases dismissed. Unfortunately, I had hired several attorneys throughout lifetime before meeting Minerva but I am proud to say that she is, HANDS DOWN the best lawyer that I have seen or hired. Her attention to detail, knowledge and respect that she gets from the judges and prosecutors lets you know that she's on top of her game. Also, her assistants are amazing. They offer great customer service and treats' you like family whenever you communicate with them. I give Minerva ( and her entire office) an A+ and would recommend her from the bottom of my heart.
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Posted by Tammy | February 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A lawyer you can trust
I highly recommend Minerva Cansino Blanchette and her staff for all your legal needs. Minerva is an honest professional attorney that you can trust and count on. She will give you the results you want. Minerva is diverse in many areas of the law. We will have her and her staff handle our personal and business needs.
Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
There are great people at this law firm.
I recently needed an attorney for my son who lives in Georgia. I live in Kentucky so it did make it a bit more difficult. I called everyone I could find on the internet. I knew I had called the right place after the first phone call. My calls were returned, emails responded to and my many questions answered. I put my sons future in Ana’s hands and she did a great job for him. If you need legal assistance in the Cartersville area, call Cansino Blanchette. It will be the best decision you could ever make at a difficult time.
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Posted by Jenna | October 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Ms. Ladner and Mr. Weaver's review
Minerva and her staff provided a personal touch to my case as well as my family. I would highly recommend them to represent you at your most difficult times. Their biggest attributes are diligence and punctuality. They are very astute in their practice and at that end of the day they simply made us feel like family. They are flat out the epitome of what every law firm should be.
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Posted by Amanda | October 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you!!!
Minerva worked so hard for me. She really showed how talented she is by getting me the best deal possible. I was charged with a dui, speeding in a construction zone, and the possession of marijuana. This could have been really bad, but instead I was given a deal that was not only fair, but amazing. The final result was a dismissal of the speeding, a plead of nolo for reckless driving, meaning the dui was dropped to a lower offense and I won't get any points on my driving record, and a conditional discharge on the marijuana charge meaning if I finish only 12 months of probation then I will have nothing on my record. I could not be happier with the end result. Thank you so much Minerva. I am grateful for everything you did for me!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2018
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Maravillosa
She got my FV case dismissed, I thought my life had ended. This lady genuinely cares about her clients, she will go above and beyond to help the clients. Everytime I need anything or have questions she is always available even if is not related to a case. She is the only attorney I can trust, even for referrals, I know I can always count with an honest person, and Minerva is the one and only.
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Posted by Ivan | August 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing help
Amazing individual. She treats you like family and gives you amazing results. I came to her with 2 cases for 2 different counties and she took on both of them with an amazing price and she didn’t stop until I got an amazing result. She made sure everything was perfect and made sure I understood what was going on the entire time. I highly recommend her to anyone who is in need of legal help.
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Posted by Jessica | June 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service!
We retained Minerva to represent our teenage son in a DUI case. It was a very stressful time for our family, but Minerva and her team went to work on our case immediately and talked us through every step. She was very thorough and attentive and always had time for us if we had questions. She had our case moved to superior court and ultimately it was dropped. As the mother of the defendant, what you really want to know is that your attorney really cares. And we could tell that Minerva truly cared about our son's outcome. And that meant everything. She and her staff are very special people and we recommend them to everybody.
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Response from Minerva Blanchette July 18, 2018
Thank you very much for trusting me with your son's case. I greatly appreciate your review and wish him and the entire family the very best going forward.
Posted by Letrina | May 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellence and Professionalism..
My family retained Minerva to represent me in a recent criminal trial. Minerva was responsive, detailed and thorough in the handling of my case. My family was equally pleased and satisfied. With Minerva's expertise, the charges were dropped and the case has been closed. I highly recommend Minerva and her team!
Response from Minerva Blanchette July 18, 2018
Thank you very much for allowing me to assist in your case. I wish you the very best going forward and thank you for your review!
Posted by Darrin | May 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
I was arrested with a friend of mine, because he asked me for a ride and I had no idea what he was doing. As soon as he got back in the car three trucks surrounded my car. The men that got out were drug task force and they arrested both of us. When I was released from jail the next day they told me I was being charged with conspiracy to violate the Georgia controlled substance act. That means they think I conspired to assist my friend in selling drugs. I had no intention of doing so. Mrs. Blanchette helped me out a lot by convincing the DA on my case to drop the charges. I will be grateful to her for the rest of my life.
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Response from Minerva Blanchette May 2, 2018
Thank you very much for allowing me to help you with your case. It was a privilege. I wish you the best going forward. Sincerely, Minerva C. Blanchette
Posted by Antonia | March 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer!
Minerva handled a case for my husband and I must say I am overly satisfied with her work. She took my husbands case and worked magic, but most importantly her patience was very much appreciated. Anytime I had a question about anything all I had to do was call and she had no problem making time to explain to me what was what. She never sugar coated anything or gave me false hopes. If your looking for a lawyer who’s understanding, straight forward, and genuinely cares about her clients. she’s the right one for the case. It was truly a honor to have her working by our side.
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Response from Minerva Blanchette April 11, 2018
Thank you very much for your kind words and remarks. It was a privilege working with you and your husband, and I'm always here for any further needs. Sincerely, Minerva C. Blanchette
Posted by Kathy Jenkins | March 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer!
She was wonderful helped me with everything i could ask for! Great service and awesome hospitality!
Response from Minerva Blanchette April 11, 2018
Thank you very much for your kind words Mrs. Jenkins! I'm wishing you the best going forward. Sincerely, Minerva C. Blanchette
Posted by Adam | February 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Super speeder
Minerva Blanchette is very honest, respectful and answered all of my questions in a very timely manner. She got my ticket knocked down to a fraction of the price. I thank her and her team for a job well done. If I need an attorney in the future I won't hesitate to call on Minerva.
Response from Minerva Blanchette March 6, 2018
Thank you for your kind remarks and we are happy to help anytime in the future should the need arise. Wishing you the best going forward. -Minerva C. Blanchette
Posted by Susan | February 13, 2018
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Review
Minerva updated my Will and my Trust. She was very professional and patient in helping me understand all the legalese in such a document, as well explaining the changes in the law concerning a Will.
Response from Minerva Blanchette March 6, 2018
It was a pleasure to help you with your estate and you can always call should any further need arise. Sincerely, Minerva C. Blanchette
Posted by Jessica | February 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Business Help
Mrs Minerva Blanchette was so patient with us as we filed for our family’s LLC! We own a unique type of company, however, this didn’t plague her ability to guide and lead us well throughout every avenue in which we needed direction. She was very knowledgeable and is overwhelmingly helpful when we have any questions- even still now that our business is underway! We put all of our financial eggs in her lawful basket and feel certain that we made the best decision in hiring Mrs Minerva!
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Response from Minerva Blanchette March 6, 2018
Thank you very much for your kind words. We wish you guys continued success going forward with your new business. Sincerely, Minerva C. Blanchette
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I hired her to take on a very old case and she got me into court quick and got a plea deal worked out quick. She will call you back everyday and work very hard for you. I have already recommended her to other people And will continue to do so in the future. If you want a good attorney who will be in your corner and working for you, this is the one to have.
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Response from Minerva Blanchette March 6, 2018
It was a pleasure working with you on your case. You can always count on us if the need should arise. Sincerely, Minerva C. Blanchette
Posted by Sherry | January 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wish I had known about her before I hired my current Attorney
I believe that a good defense attorney is passionate about what they do and always puts the client first. I’ve used several attorneys in the past and my experience with those attorneys brought me nothing but disappointment and confusion. I was beginning to believe that all attorneys were the same. It was so bad that I even contemplated pursuing a career as an attorney myself so that I could become the attorney I could never find. That’s when I discovered Cansino Blanchette Law Firm. Attorney Blanchette is different. She’s what I’ve been looking for. When I couldn’t get the information I needed from my own attorney, I started searching YouTube for presentations on criminal law, and that’s where I found her. She explained things in her videos in a way that anyone could easily understand, and she encouraged her viewers to contact her with any questions. I contacted her immediately and was amazed at how soon she responded! Although I’ve never been a client, she openly and willingly answered my questions and corrected misinformation that I had been led to believe and did so with empathy and brilliance. I couldn’t even get that much information from my own attorney or any other attorney I’ve hired! This speaks volumes to me. If she’s willing to be that helpful to someone who isn’t even a client, then I know she will give her client 100%, if not more. I wish I had known about her before I hired my current attorney. I will use her services going forward, most definitely.
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Response from Minerva Blanchette January 18, 2018
Thank you very much for your kind words. I hope I was able to help in some small way, and should you ever need further assistance you can always call again. Sincerely, Minerva C. Blanchette
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Cansino Blanchette Law Firm
  • 2013 - Present
  • Senior Attorney
  • Georgia Public Defender Standards Council
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Senior District Attorney
  • Prosecuting Attorneys' Council
  • 1999 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Legal Intern
  • Saliba & Saliba
  • 1997 - 1998
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Education

  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Harvard University Law School
  • Summer Semester for International Law
  • 1997
  • University of Central Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995
  • University of Central Florida
  • Associate of Arts
  • 1993
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Legal Cases

  • State v. Stella
  • Case Dismissed
  • State v. John
  • Charges were Dismissed
  • State v. Khalleghi
  • Warrant Dismissed
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Cartersville-Bartow County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Bartow Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Bartow Hispanic Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Paulding County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Cartersville-Bartow County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Decatur Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2000
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • "10 Best" Attorneys for Georgia
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Outstanding Client Service Award
  • Paulding Defender's Office
  • 2013
  • Leadership Award
  • Rotary International
  • 2011
  • Service Award
  • Prosecuting Attorney's Counsel- Office of the District Attorney
  • 2001
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • DAPA and DACA Information Seminar
  • DAPA and New DACA Eligibility
  • 2015
  • CBLF's Georgia DUI Seminar Series
  • DUI Stop: What do you do?
  • 2015
  • Bartow Business Event
  • Field Sobriety Tests: Should I take them?
  • 2015
  • Saturday Financial Planning Seminar Series
  • The Importance of Planning Your Estate
  • 2014
  • Bartow Business Women's Luncheon
  • The Importance of Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Case Law Update
  • Changes in Georgia Criminal Law
  • 2012
  • Polk County Domestic Violence Task Force
  • Domestic Violence Cases
  • 2005
  • Polk County CASA Seminar
  • Cross Examination of a recanting witness
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the opportunity to work with Minerva on several cases, and observe her in the courtroom as a trial attorney. She is fearless, and in every situation seems to zealously advocate for her clients. I highly recommend Minerva as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Minerva is an excellent and compassionate attorney. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Minerva for several years and have seen how much she works for her clients. When I was a prosecutor and now as a fellow defense attorney, I can say Minerva is one of the most knowledgeable, personable, and respectable attorneys I know. When you hire Minerva, you have one of the best attorneys in GA on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Minerva is a passionate attorney and skilled litigator with an accomplished background in criminal law. Minerva's client's rave about her criminal defense practice and her compassion for the clients. I recommend Minerva for your criminal defense matter, small business needs, and for will and estate planning."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Minerva is a thorough, extremely effective attorney. As an accomplished and experienced attorney, Minerva gets the best possible outcomes for her clients. I have had the pleasure of working with Minerva for many years and I highly recommend and endorse her as a talented and effective attorney who knows how to get results."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Banchette is a true asset to the defense bar. She is diligent in pursuing the best defense for her clients and has always been professional and courteous in her interactions with opposing counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I interned with Minerva while I was in law school, and now, I proudly work in the same community as she does. She is knowledgeable and truly cares about her clients, as well as her fellow attorneys."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Blanchette is a capable, compassionate and honest attorney who works hard for her clients. She is detailed and thorough in explaining to the client the case, options, and procedures related to the client's case. She is candor to her client in what their case as well as being a zealous advocate for her clients. Minerva has a clear grasp on the law and conducts herself professionally and ethically at all times. I endorse her work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Minerva is a class act, and is always willing to lend her knowledge to other attorneys. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Minerva is an excellent criminal attorney. When you worked as a prosecutor, we tried many cases against each other. I always found her to be professional, prepared and knowledgable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mrs. Blanchette. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact her first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Minerva without reservation. I know her to be an exceptional attorney with a remarkable grasp of the law. I am proud to recommend her."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Minerva is my former trial partner. She is a strong advocate for all of her clients. She is extremely thorough and would be an excellent choice for anyone in need of representation. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Family member
"Minerva is a fierce advocate for the rights of her clients. With experience both as a former prosecutor and now a criminal defense attorney, she has the knowledge and skills to obtain a fair and just result."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Minerva is an experienced, highly respected attorney who always represents his clients with the utmost of skill,knowledge and understanding.i can readily endorse her without hesitation or reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Minerva is an exceptional attorney and excels in the area of criminal defense. I endorse this lawyer."
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