Protecting Human Rights, One Individual at a TimeLisa

Are you charged with an offence or under investigation? As a criminal defence lawyer, I can help you. I know the criminal justice system from inside and out - I worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney for two years, and now as Criminal Defence Counsel for nineteen years. Call me at 613.203.4874 to talk to me about your situation; this discussion is complimentary and confidential. I welcome your call, even on weekends and evenings. 

The Trinity of Law / La Trinité du Droit

I have an exceptionally high level of experience and skill in all three areas of courtroom litigation, legal writing, and negotiations. This is your best chance of success.

Canadian Criminal Code Charges I Defend Most Frequently, Including Spousal Assault

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Written by Lisa Christian / Ottawa Criminal Lawyer / (613) 203-4874

An advantage of being a client here is that you are always represented directly by the owner/operator of the firm, Lisa Christian. Some of the other advantages are explained in my article FAQ. Tell me your situation and I'll tell you how I can help. I provide the flexibility and personal service of a small firm, with the capacity and resources to take on files of any size or complexity.

I defend people charged with all types of offences. Sometimes people who ask me to help them have no criminal records; sometimes they do. What happens after a criminal charge can be broken down generally into stages: getting out of custody on bail, initial court appearances, ensuring you have all the relevant evidence from the police or other sources, evaluating whether you have a defense, negotiating with prosecutors, and preparing for a trial or a sentencing.

Usually, I am able to get the charge withdrawn, so it never reaches the stage of trial or sentencing - which is the best possible result. I also negotiate frequently with the police and prosecutor so that investigations of individuals do not lead to criminal charges. I will let you know if these options may be possible for your case, too.

I have developed particular expertise in the areas of domestic violence/partner assault, and illegal searches.

Generally speaking, these are the charges I see most frequently:


Types of Consultations Available for Criminal Law in Canada

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Written by Lisa Christian / Ottawa Criminal Lawyer / (613) 203-4874

You know when your case is heading in a bad direction or will result in serious consequences to your life - you can feel it, even if you don't know all the technicalities. I am often called upon to sort out huge legal messes, sometimes messes that the client unwittingly created themselves (perhaps by speaking to police). I excel in responding to legal emergencies, and in repairing problem situations. I also give strategic advice from the point of police investigation and throughout your legal journey, so I've got you covered, no matter what stage your case is at. 

Initial Telephone Call to determine if I can help you - free

Telephone Meetings - Useful for clients who have a legal problem in Ottawa, but are located elsewhere in Canada, the United States, or indeed anywhere in the world. Ideal also for Ottawa homebodies, and people wanting same-day advice. 

Comprehensive In-Person Meetings


Free and New On The Website

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Written by Lisa Christian / Ottawa Criminal Lawyer / (613) 203-4874

In the Blog Section

On the Blog page you can read over 150 articles I've written about legal topics, and I add new material, or update older material, frequently. 

In the Newsletter Section

Subscribers have been receiving my monthly Newsletters in their inboxes for almost four years. You can read some of them on my website. Clients are offered a free subscription, and others can purchase a subscription by giving me a call.

Papers and E-Books Available With Initial Consultation - authored by Lisa Christian

Going Through The Criminal Justice System 

Impaired Driving Offences

How To Get And Use Persuasive Character Reference Letters For Court


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