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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 defence lawyer in Ottawa for over twenty years, and I am also a former prosecutor. I know the criminal justice system inside and out, and achieve excellent results for you.

Legal Tip: People charged with assault of a family member should not underestimate the effect criminal allegations will have on their ability to share joint custody of the children. Family court will consider abuse of a spouse, any child, or a household member, in assessing the ability to parent. Most courts will not award joint custody if there is a history of substantiated domestic violence. See me about advice for your situation.

Appointment Availability Schedule for the week of October 24, 2016

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

Telephone appointments are also available, at flexible times, on each day.

Monday 10:15-10:45am (this spot is reserved for a no-fee introductory meeting only) or 1:15pm

Tuesday 10:15am

Wednesday 10:15am or 1:30pm

Thursday 10:15am or 1:15 pm

Friday 11:30am

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 will be happy to accommodate you.

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.


Types of Consultations Available for Criminal Law in Canada

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

Referrals Made Easy  - click on this link to go to an article on my mobile-friendly law blog.

Life Coaching Referrals: Now selected clients can receive a free referral to a life coach, if they want one. And, the first session with the coach is free.

Free Client Kit and Worksheet: As a new client, you are entitled to receive a Client Kit. It provides you with important information to consider when establishing a successful relationship with me as your legal counsel. Frequently asked questions and concerns are also addressed. As a new feature, it includes an optional worksheet you can use to help you prepare for our meeting.

So You Have to Testify: In this 'counterpoint' pamphlet, I tell you what the government pamphlets do not. Free to all my clients.


Website Terms of Use and Disclaimer

Written by Lisa Christian / Ottawa 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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