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Residents Canada, of the United States of America, and elsewhere, are welcome to contact me for legal services.

If you are charged with a criminal or tax offence, or under investigation by any level of government or government agency, I can help you. I have been a criminal lawyer in Ottawa for over twenty years, working both for defence and prosecution. I know the criminal justice system inside and out, and achieve excellent results for you.

Tip of the month: During a tax audit, Canada Revenue Agency can and sometimes does require your accountant to hand over your file to them. Canada Revenue Agency can never force me to disclose your legal file, or any information you have given me during our consultations. Our communications are protected by solicitor-client privilege. 

Appointment Schedule for the week of July 25, 2016

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

Available appointments for personal meetings to receive legal advice or legal information:

Monday to Thursday: 10:15am or 1:00pm; in person in Ottawa - or flexible telephone appointments

Friday: telephone appointments only

Book through the website by using the email form on your right or call me at 613.203.4874.If you would prefer a different time or location, I may be able to accommodate you.

Updated Client Introductory Kits are now available!

I offer representation in English and French. This is particularly useful if you would like to communicate with me in English, but your file contains French police reports or witness statements.


Outdoor Legal Appointments

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

My unique 'open air' legal appointments are on again for a third season. This year I've added the option of a 'walk with me' appointment, and it has worked out very well.

Take a twenty minute drive to one of my outdoor meeting places. Birch 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. 

Traditionalist? We can meet at my office in downtown Ottawa, or in the Byward Market.


Types of Consultations Available for Criminal Law in Canada

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

I respond quickly to legal emergencies, and I give you strategic advice whether or not you are facing a trial. Working together starts with a consultation. 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.


Canadian Criminal Code Charges I Defend Most Frequently

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

I defend people charged with all types of offences, or they may just need advice. 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.


Free and New on the Website

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

Cocaine: Legal consequences of possession of a small amount - call me to order this complimentary information sheet. 

Fresh website content, about doing Character Checks: If you are an employer, or in charge of signing up volunteers, have you met your legal responsibilities to properly evaluate your people? Read my new article about ways to do Volunteer or Employee Character Checks.

Free Tip Sheet: 'Top Four Questions to Ask Your Prospective Lawyer'  Discover what they are and why they are important. The 'Top Four' apply to all situations, whether your legal issues are criminal or civil, large or small, or located anywhere in Canada. They address practical issues and by asking them you will save money and have a more successful outcome to your legal problem. Order this 2-page PDF through the email form on your right, or give me a call at 613.203.4874.

Family Law Week: July 25 - July 29. Need some advice on your family law situation? This is the week to book an appointment with me.


Website Terms of Use and Disclaimer

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

Your use of this website, and all other online materials I manage, constitutes your agreement to be bound by the following terms and conditions:




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