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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.

Appointment Schedule for the week of May 30, 2016

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

Available appointments for personal meetings (telephone consultations are always flexible)

Monday, May 30 - 10:15am or 1:15pm; Sussex Drive, Ottawa

Tuesday, May 31 - telephone appointments only

Wednesday, June 1 - 10:15am or 1:15pm; Sussex Drive, Ottawa

Thursday, June 2 - 10:15am or 1:15pm; Sussex Drive, Ottawa

Friday, June 3 - 10:15am; Sussex Drive, Ottawa or between 8am and 4pm in Wakefield

If you would prefer a different time or location, I may be able to accommodate you.


Outdoor Legal Appointments

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

My unique 'open air' legal appointments have started again for a third season. This year I've added the option of a 'walk with me' appointment, and so far 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

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.

Filing your income tax returns: Are you behind in your tax filings? Maybe waaaaay behind?

  • Federal criminal and income tax laws applicable to non-filers of personal income tax returns.
  • Canada Revenue Agency practises and policies in the treatment of non-filers.

I can help you deal with a delicate tax situation. Call me for a flat fee appointment.

Free Newsletter:  Director's Personal Liability for corporate taxes. Order it by giving me a call.

Fresh website content, about witnesses: Read my new article about how witness' behaviour on the stand can effect their credibility, and what I do about it.


Website Terms of Use and Disclaimer

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

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