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If you are charged with a criminal offence or under investigation by any level of government or government agency, 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. Meet me in downtown Ottawa or one of my other interesting spots, or, stay comfortable in your own location and we will talk on the phone or have an on-line virtual meeting.

How I Can Help You - A Sampling of My Legal Services

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

Welcome to Christian Law Offices.

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For Prospective Clients - the rest of this website is for you.

In-person appointments available in Ottawa include Wednesday, December 2, 10:15-11:45am.

I established this Ottawa Law Firm in 1987 with a mandate to help regular people. Many of my cases involve a governmental agency such as the police, against you - my client. I see clients in various interesting locations, including in downtown Ottawa. And of course technology allows me to help you wherever you are through on-line virtual meetings or the telephone.

You would benefit from my special expertise for a defence to criminal charges, or 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 just some ways I will help you. 

  1. Defending criminal charges or other accusations from police officers or other government agencies against Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or foreign nationals. Search and seizure law and constitutional law often come into play here. 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. Or helping you out when you tried to apply on your own and received a proposal to deny your application from the Parole Board. 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.

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

"Coffee with Counsel" every Wednesday morning at 9:30. This is an opportunity for prospective clients to meet with me. It is not a legal consultation, but rather a casual meeting in a Wakefield cafe, to help you decide if I am the right lawyer to help you with your case. To book a "Coffee with Counsel" meeting, give me a call and I'll let you know if yours is the type of case I would agree to take - it has to fall within my expertise and you must be agreeable to the anticipated legal fees. If your case is a good match for me, you can register for the "Coffee with Counsel" meeting. Note that the number of participants may vary. For a private meeting, please book a regular consultation.

You can buy my 'Guide to How to Hire a Lawyer'. This short e-book includes such topics as:

  • Common Feelings Held by New Clients
  • How to Find the Right Lawyer for Your Case
  • Guard Your Lawyer's Ego
  • Your Goal at the First Consultation and What to Expect Going Forward
  • Why Your Positive Traits and Aptitudes are Pitfalls When Dealing with Lawyers
  • Fee Structures
  • Sample Client Kit
  • Sample Retainer Agreement

The cost of the Guide is $20.00. Order it by giving me a call.

"It's Criminal!" Issue #4 Newsletter - this one costs $15 by email money transfer and is bundled with the previous issues; call me to order all four

This special edition, a 2-page PDF, is about The mysterious call to a lawyer from the police station when you are arrested.

"It's Criminal!" Issue #3 Newsletter

Issue #3 includes:

  1. What you need to know when Canada Revenue Agency requests information from you
  2. Q&A When I am a suspect, I should never give a police statement, right?
  3. How does a criminal charge affect child custody proceedings in the event of a marriage breakdown?

And, of course, more!

"It's Criminal!" Issue #2 Newsletter 

Issue #2 includes:

  1. Mental Health Law - Being Detained in a Psychiatric Facility Against Your Will
  2. The Pinkification of Law
  3. Q & A - Should I Provide My Name and Date of Birth When Asked by a Police Officer?
  4. Three Ways to Stay Off the Radar

You'll find all that inside, and more.

"It's Criminal!" Issue #1 Newsletter 

Issue #1 includes:

  1. The One Rule of Evidence That Everyone Knew Has Been Obliterated
  2. Background Checks for Work - Previous Offences
  3. Q & A - How Far Can I Go to Directly Help the Homeless?
  4. Special Offers And Announcements

Record Suspension Tool 

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.


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