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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 get excellent results for my clients. Along the way, I make the client experience as pleasant as possible. My office is in downtown Ottawa; or, attend my second location where there is free and ample parking. 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

Welcome. The purpose of this website is to help you discover if you should discuss your particular legal problem with me. I focus on criminal defence work and other criminal-related cases. 

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. Here are some ways I can help:

  • Defending criminal charges or other accusations from governing bodies or police officers against Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or foreign nationals. 
  • Providing consulting services that help you with travel to the United States.
  • Advising on whether you should seek a Record Suspension. If so, learn the six documents you should include that many people don't know about - that could make the difference between success or failure.
  • 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? I can advise you throughout the procedure.
  • Supplying legal solutions and direction when you can't afford the time or jeopardy of complex details, such as by obtaining or responding to documents from the government or the police.
  • Providing confidential non-legal advisory services in areas connected to your legal issues, such as the business, economic, policy, family, or social implications involved in your legal question.

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 30-minute drive to my outdoor meeting place (hint - there is a covered bridge nearby). 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.

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. 

New Relaxed Consultation Format!

Try this new relaxed format: open-ended consultations. For one flat fee, you have unlimited time to discuss your legal issue with me at the first consultation.

Or, if you prefer a more traditional method, book my standard consultation time of anywhere from a 'crisis management' half hour, to an hour and a half in-person meeting.

Call me to request my Free Chart or Tip Sheet

Chart: 'What Medical Research Into Patient Behaviour Can Teach Us About Law Client Behaviour'

Tip Sheet: 'How to Avoid Legal Problems'


Website Terms of Use and Disclaimer

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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:




Reach me from 6:30am to 7:00pm, or leave a voicemail. 

Appointments in Ottawa Tuesday, May 26, noon; Friday, May 29, 10:00; or call to schedule another time.