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If you are charged with a criminal offence or under investigation, I can help you. I have been a criminal lawyer for over twenty years, working both for defence and prosecution. I know the criminal justice system inside and out, and achieve excellent results. My office is in downtown Ottawa; or, attend one of my other interesting meeting places. Telephone appointments are also very popular. 

How I Can Help You

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

People require my special expertise, not just for criminal charges, but also for other legal issues that may overlap with the criminal justice system or other types of investigations. My broad knowledge of many areas of law, combined with over twenty years of experience defending and prosecuting criminal cases, means you get a unique mix of expertise that is perfect for many obvious, or subtle, legal problems. My office is in Ottawa, and I accept certain types of cases from all over Canada. Here are just some ways I will help you:

  1. Defending criminal charges or other accusations from governing bodies or police officers against Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or foreign nationals. See examples of charges I defend by clicking here.
  2. Clarifying the current state of the law and defining all of the issues for you after you have researched on your own - all in one consultation. As a related service, I can prepare you for and coach you through your case when you take a do-it-yourself approach to the law. 
  3. Providing consulting services that help you with travel to the United States. Read more about crossing borders with criminal records by clicking here.
  4. Advising on whether you should seek a Record Suspension. Read more about that by clicking here.
  5. Advising on how to handle employment applications or new security requirements for a criminal record background check. Government employees - will you be embarrassed by these new rules? 
  6. Obtaining or responding to documents from the government or the police on your behalf, so you achieve your goals effectively and quickly without providing authorities with information that could be used against you.

Outdoor Legal Appointments

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

They're back! My unique 'open air' legal appointments. Take the twenty-five minute drive to my outdoor meeting place. Hint - there is a covered bridge nearby; I took this picture on June 6, 2015.IMG_0727.JPG

You will have privacy, anonymity, fresh air, and an atmosphere in which you can relax. That is conducive to a good meeting, and helps you to remember what we discuss. Outdoor appointments are available most days of the week, and include a back-up plan for rainy days. There is plenty of free and convenient parking.

Free-range meetings are also available at other locations. I know some great spots. Click here to see where I met with a client on June 10, 2015.

Prefer to meet indoors? We can do that at my office in downtown Ottawa, or elsewhere.


Canadian Criminal Code Charges I Defend Most Frequently

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

I personally defend people charged with all types of offences, or they may just need advice. Often, their problems relate to entering another country when they have a criminal background. Sometimes people who ask me to help them have no criminal records; sometimes they do. 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.

The charges I see most frequently are listed on the expertise page, which you can see by clicking here.  You may also be interested in my article FAQ.


Types of Consultations Available for Criminal Law in Canada

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

Prompt and deft response to legal emergencies, reparation of problem situations, strategic advice from the point of police investigation and throughout your legal journey - I've got you covered, no matter what stage your case is at. Below are links that will give you information about some of the most popular types of consultations I offer. 

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 - When possible for you, we meet in person to discuss your particular situation in detail and come up with solutions.

Foreign National and Permanent Resident Criminal Consultation - This special consultation blends the expert criminal law advice you need with a strategy that takes into account the long-term and short-term immigration consequences of your unique situation. 


Free and New on the Website

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

Initial Telephone Call

The initial telephone consultation is complimentary. During this brief call:

  • you tell me a little about yourself;
  • you describe your legal situation;
  • I give you my opinion about whether yours is a problem that fits my expertise and, if so, I will recommend that you book a formal telephone, internet, or in-person consultation. 

Record Suspension Tool - New!

I've created an important tool to help clients achieve successful Record Suspension Applications to the Parole Board. It is a 4-page paper called 'How to Get and Use Persuasive Character Reference Letters for a Record Suspension Application', and includes specific guidelines for your references to follow. This is a free aid I give to all my clients who are experiencing this complex application process.

Police Records Check Reform Act, 2015 - So new it isn't even quite the law yet! (as of June 12, 2015)

Criminal records checks has been a fuzzy area that has led to serious problems for individuals. Finally there is brand new law coming in Ontario for police record searches for any purpose including determining your suitability for employment, volunteer work, a licence, an office, membership in any body or to provide or receive goods or services; and, assessing your application to an educational institution or program. I can explain how it affects your situation and how best to use these new rules. Please call 613.203.4874 to book a consultation.


Website Terms of Use and Disclaimer

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

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