Michael Johnston

Ottawa Criminal Defence Lawyer

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Michael understands that being arrested and charged with a crime may be the worst day of your life but it doesn’t need to define the rest of your life. Call him ASAP for dedicated, first-tier, defence.


Year Called to the Bar: 2010

Michael Johnston is a criminal defence lawyer in Ottawa representing individuals in the Greater Ottawa Area and throughout Eastern Ontario.

He has appeared at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada in the pursuit of justice and protection of his clients’ rights and best interests.

There is no such thing as a “minor” or “light” criminal charge. A guilty ruling against you that results in a criminal record will have far, long reaching, negative consequences.

Being arrested and charged is a scary and stressful time. Michael recognizes the gravity of these situations and it fuels him to pursue the best possible outcomes to resolve his clients’ legal problems and help them move on with their lives in a positive manor.

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Competitive by nature, Michael Johnston believes in the power of meticulous preparation and strategic, forceful advocacy. He is the skilled, dedicated, Ottawa criminal lawyer you want in your corner fighting for you.


Experienced Ottawa Criminal Defence Lawyer

With over 14 years of experience in a practice that exclusively focuses on criminal law, Mr. Johnston is well regarded within Ontario’s Criminal Defence Bar.

He litigates complex criminal cases, many of which have turned on Michael’s successful use of Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms arguments to win acquittals for his clients.

Michael Johnston has successfully represented clients at trial and in appellate courts and regularly appears before the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice.

While Michael is comfortable in the courtroom, sometimes discretion is the better part of valour and better results can be achieved outside the stress and uncertainty of a trial. If this is a feasible option given the unique circumstances of your case – Michael will pursue that avenue of resolution – but he will never sacrifice your rights and best interests in the name expediency.


Criminal Offences Defended

If you are facing charges, fines or under investigation, you want an experienced Ottawa criminal lawyer in your corner.

Michael Johnston defends clients facing any and all charges including:
+ Assault (All Types)
+ Dangerous Driving Causing Death / Injury
+ Domestic Abuse
+ Domestic Violence
+ Drug Charges (All Types)
+ DUI / Impaired / Refuse Breath Sample / Blow Over 80mgs
+ Fish and Wildlife Act Charges and Fines
+ Homicide / Manslaughter / Self Defence
+ Sexual Assault
+ Robbery / Theft / Fraud
+ Homicide / Manslaughter
+ Weapon / Firearm Offences
+ Professional Discipline Complaints
+ Administrative Tribunals and Inquiries


Professional Memberships and Activities

+ The Law Society of Ontario
+ The Canadian Bar Association
+ The Ontario Bar Association


Criminal Lawyer in Ottawa to Protect You

Being arrested and charged with a crime may be the worst day of your life but it doesn’t need to define the rest of your life.

Contact Michael as soon as you can. Once retained to act on your behalf – you have in Michael a dedicated advocate that will work tirelessly to advance your side of the story and protect your rights and freedoms. Michael Johnston prepares meticulously and advocates forcefully for each and every client to work towards the best possible legal outcome.

Access to justice should not be only for the wealthy. Whatever your financial circumstances, Michael will work with you to establish an affordable payment plan. He also accepts Legal Aid.

Michael supports our troops and extends a 25% discount on fees to Canadian Armed Forces Personnel.

No one should deal with the criminal justice system without proper representation and protection. If you or someone you know is facing charges, please call for a free consultation.

Conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa’s legal district, two minutes from the Ottawa Courthouse, Michael is available to assist you. Contact Ottawa defence lawyer Michael Johnston at 613.233.7747 or click here to email. Alternatively, scroll down and submit the easy contact form that goes right to the firm’s inbox!




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