Having practices exclusively in criminal law since 2003, there are no fact scenarios that shock Paul Lewandowski anymore. As a seasoned criminal defence lawyer, he is aware that everybody has it within them to commit any number of criminal offences, regardless of how "good" a person is, or has been throughout their life. The reality is, in the heat of a moment, cooler heads do not always prevail. Assault charges are amongst the most commonly occurring matters in Ottawa's criminal courts. Penalties can range from a conditional discharge to years in prison, depending on the facts of the case. The consequences of a criminal conviction for a violent offence can be devastating. Many employers see these as crimes of moral turpitude and can make getting a decent job difficult. Moreover, the stigma that attaches to violent offences can have an impact that lingers for years after the matter is disposed of. Security clearances can be compromised, as well as the accuseds ability to travel abroad. Thus, for first time offenders, the goal is to spare the client a conviction, or alternatively, a criminal record. Often, Mr. Lewandowski is able to have the charge diverted, ensuring that no conviction is entered. On more contentious matters, the issue needs to be litigated. Paul Lewandowski's results speak for themselves. When the police have the facts wrong, nothing compares to having a well prepared lawyer in your corner to ferret out the lies. Please take a moment to view our results page.