Céline Dostaler

Céline Dostaler
Céline Dostaler Criminal Defence Lawyer

Céline Dostaler, a sole practitioner operating Céline Dostaler Professional Corporation in Ottawa, Ont., focuses on criminal defence.

She graduated from the University of Ottawa with both a bilingual Bachelor of Arts in criminology and psychology and a Bachelor of Laws after completing the French common law program in 2009. Ms. Dostaler was called to the Ontario Bar in 2010.

Fluent in English and French, Ms. Dostaler practises exclusively in criminal defence law. She assists with all criminal charges, including assault, domestic assault, impaired driving, drug and sex offences, child pornography, and fraud.

Ms. Dostaler has appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, and L’Orignal civil court in Brockville, Perth, Cornwall, and Pembroke.



Céline Dostaler In The News
Reasonable expectation of privacy depends on context: SCC

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision about privacy provides some important guidelines as invasive technology becomes more available, Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

In criminal proceedings, testimony is evidence

People charged with domestic violence are often surprised to learn that they can be convicted solely based on their partner’s testimony, Ottawa criminal lawyer  Céline Dostaler  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

No evidence to prove gun bans work: Dostaler

A handgun ban will not reduce crime, and it may even encourage the growth of the illegal ownership of these weapons, Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler tells A dvocateDaily.com . Read more

How to approach plea-bargain negotiations: a guide for new lawyers

While plea negotiations should be part of every criminal defence case, law schools provide only an academic sense of how they’re conducted, and offer little practical guidance, says Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler . Read more

Dostaler’s client acquitted of care and control charges

Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler ‘s successful result in having her client acquitted of drunk driving charges turned on the fact that the woman's only intention in sitting in the driver's seat of a running vehicle was to charge her cellphone, she writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Holiday RIDE program facts every Ontario driver needs to know

By Céline Dostaler . With the holiday season underway, so too are the holiday RIDE program checkpoints. Each year, law enforcement agencies across Ottawa and throughout Ontario set up checkpoints in an effort to curtail impaired driving from both alcohol and drugs. Read more

Using excessive intoxication as a defence for sexual assault

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision means that the defence of extreme self-induced intoxication is now available for defendants to use in sexual assault cases, says Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler . Read more

Cannabis-intoxication cases may bog down courts

Both technical and legal uncertainty about how using marijuana may cause driving impairment threaten to hamstring the court system as lawyers put the new laws on trial, says Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler . Read more

Charges for virtual crimes growing in digital era

It may be fun and exciting for couples to photograph each other during intimate moments, but Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler  says those who do run the risk of facing criminal charges if the photos are published online. Read more

Understanding the legal landscape of domestic assault

People facing a domestic assault charge have more options than they   think to address the accusation, Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Presumption of innocence critical in sexual assault claims

The #MeToo movement has seen many high-profile people fall from positions of power, with some facing criminal charges, Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler  tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Drug-impaired driving will pose challenges for courts: Dostaler

With marijuana set to become legal this fall, a shortfall of police officers trained to tackle drug-impaired driving may lead to testing delays, making it more difficult to prove someone was impaired while driving, Ottawa criminal lawyer  Céline Dostaler  tells CBC . Read more

No-nonsense criminal lawyer Dostaler tells it how it is

Don’t ask Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler to sugarcoat the truth. Read more

Paralegals versus criminal defence lawyers in Ottawa

By Céline Dostaler . When charged with a criminal offence some individuals believe that they can defend themselves in court, but once they realize the difficulty of the court system they seek legal counsel from paralegals to help with the paperwork and understanding the justice system. However, depending on your case, this could result in receiving criminal charges, the mandatory minimum, and a permanent criminal record. Criminal defence lawyers are trained and educated in supplying you with the top legal advice and defending all charges in which you have been convicted. Defence lawyers also have the experience within the court and criminal justice system, which provides you with the support you need during one of the most difficult times in your life. Read more

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