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I help clients who may be facing criminal, driving and tax offences or who may be under investigation by police, CRA, or other agencies. I will defend you against government prosecution; negotiate with the police and crown attorneys to avoid, reduce or withdraw charges; and provide you with legal advice and strategy through consultation. 

Services

Consultation Services

CONSULTATION SERVICES

Tell me the facts and your impressions of your situation. I will explain how the law applies, provide you with professional recommendations, and suggest next steps. I can help you make the most of our meeting by sending you information in advance, and providing a written summary afterwards. You can opt for my same-day phone Express Consultation Service for urgent matters. 


Fees: flat fee to be quoted and paid in advance of service.

Negotiation services

NEGOTIATION SERVICES

You may find the legal system to be a confusing and intimidating minefield, which it is to most people. But by negotiating on your behalf, I ensure you receive all your legal protections. Even more, as a skilled negotiator, I navigate encounters with police and prosecution so you can avoid charges, or have charges withdrawn or reduced. 


Fees: fees to be quoted in advance; payment plans available.


Legal Defence

LEGAL DEFENCE

If you are summoned to court, you'll benefit from my advocacy skills. Having litigated extensively both as a defence lawyer and as a crown prosecutor, I have unique insight to help you to get a successful result in your case. 


Fees: fees to be quoted in advance; payment plans available.


Communications between you and I are confidential from the first telephone call. Your privacy is granted certain protections through the principles of solicitor-client privilege, client confidentiality, my professional duties, and my office privacy policies.

About

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Lisa Christian

Defence Lawyer, B.A. LL.B. Ontario

I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carleton University in Political Science, with a minor in Economics, in 1982, followed by a Law Degree (LL.B., also known now as J.D.) from the University of Ottawa in 1985. After having articled (apprenticed) in one of the top criminal law firms in Ottawa, I was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1987. I work with my clients in both official languages.

I continued to work closely with the top criminal lawyers of the day, for many years. Later, I founded and operated the first Ottawa criminal law legal research and writing business, with an emphasis on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I then went on to be a prosecutor in Ottawa for the Ministry of the Attorney General, and I have worked in civil litigation at a large national firm. My passion, though, is defence work for individuals and so for most of my career I have offered legal services privately. In addition to defence work, crown work, and being a professional legal researcher and writer, I have practiced administrative law and appeared before many tribunals for matters such as immigration and mental health. When it intersects with criminal law, I have represented clients in their family law matters. I have appeared on quasi-criminal matters in provincial offences court, and defended against business investigations and investigations by governing bodies against various professionals such as doctors, nurses, and real estate agents.

My specialised yet varied background over three decades is particularly useful when your criminal matters are related to other legal problems, as is often the case. My practise also includes representing people who may not be facing charges or investigations but who just need advice from a criminal law expert about the criminal justice system. Victims and witnesses have retained me for advice as they go through the criminal justice system. Legal institutions have appreciated my ability to develop and deliver legal information workshops; I have presented as a guest lecturer at the University of Ottawa law school, for the Canadian Bar Association, and to the Ottawa Association of Law Clerks. My clients are regular people, often older, many of whom have no criminal records, who find themselves in situations that could affect their employment, mobility, reputation, education or liberty. Any time that you find yourself in a difficult legal situation - call me - I have the expertise to personally handle files of every complexity.

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Office

Each case and each client is unique. For your comfort, I will meet you where you need me most – my traditional office in downtown Ottawa, a mall, a park, a public building, or in appropriate cases your home.

TEL: (613) 203-4874

Hours

Calls 7 days a week 8 am - 6 pm;

Meetings at flexible times.



Disclaimer

The online materials provided by me, including on this website, are for interest only. These materials are general information and usually pertain to the legal jurisdictions of Ottawa, Ontario, or Canada. They are not necessarily accurate, complete, or current, and they do not constitute legal advice or other professional advice. If you require legal advice, you must formally retain me. This usually requires a signed retainer agreement and the payment of fees.

I cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any communications sent by e-mail or through my websites, or left in voicemail messages. Do not send sensitive information without first speaking with me by phone at 613.203.4874.

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Contacting me by email or phone does not mean that I am your lawyer. I become your lawyer when we have agreed on the work to be done, and I have accepted a monetary retainer from you. If you are considering hiring me as your lawyer, please call 613.203.4874.

Any of these terms and/or conditions may be changed at any time without notice.