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As criminal defence attorneys, with a proven track record among Ottawa law firms for effectively handling all types of criminal charges in Ontario, we operate on the principle that the law, in all its aspects, exists to serve and protect the individual, not the state. For over forty years, top criminal lawyers from Shore Davis have been vigorously defending the rights of members of our community in Ottawa and throughout Ontario. With broad and deep experience in criminal law and civil litigation, our attorneys are recognized as leaders in their fields, sharing the company of the best criminal lawyers in Ottawa. Our firm has appeared before all levels of the Ontario and Federal Courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition, we have acted in several of the most sensitive investigative inquiries in recent Canadian history. To discuss your case, or to arrange a free lawyer consultation, please call us at (613) 233 7747.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Defence

Criminal Defense work is the primary forum in which these rights are enforced and have always represented our clients in a manner which puts them on an equal footing with the power of governmental prosecution.

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Are you eligible for a record suspension? We can help you with process of having your criminal record cleared.

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Aboriginal Offenders

The criminal code requires that particular circumstances of Aboriginal offenders be taken into account at sentencing. Our goal is to help our Aboriginal clients obtain just sanctions which are responsive to the charges, but more importantly the personal and family history of abuse, poverty or other extenuating circumstances.

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Recent Blog Posts

R. v. Sop, [2014] O. J. No. 3666

On August 7th, 2014, Ontario Superior Court Justice Sloan, excluded the fruits of a broad and expansive computer search. Importantly, the police were authorized to search the computer, but instead of a targeted quest, they engaged in a far more intrusive search of the computer, file by file. As a result of employing the most […]

Michael Johnston Featured on Global National

Michael A. Johnston was featured on Global National last night (July 29, 2014) in a segment discussing the possibility of charges being laid against former Alberta Premier Alison Redford for the misuse of government aircraft. Your browser does not support frames. Click here to view the frameless video..

Defence lawyers help build a different type of court

The efforts of SDJ partner Michael Johnston and defence lawyer Dominic Lamb to help built sporting facilities for Ottawa youth were recently highlighted in the Ottawa Community News. Johnston and Lamb raised a total of $17,500 to help build a basketball court at the Ottawa Community Housing Complex in Sandy Hill and to McNabb Skate Park in […]

Things You Should Know About Canadian Pardons

Canadian Pardon, or Record Suspension as it is known now, is undertaken by the Parole Board of Canada (PBC). This federal agency is responsible for processing applications relating to official pardons. In March 2012, the Canadian government passed a new Bill (C-10) which replaced the term pardon with record suspension. Besides the change in terminology, […]

UPDATE: The Shore Davis Johnston Award

The deadline for application to the Shore Davis Johnston Award has been extended to June 1, 2014. Please visit The Shore Davis Johnston Award page for more details and to apply.