Claire C. Mastop

My name is Claire Mastop, formerly Claire Abbott. I am an experienced criminal defence lawyer in Vernon, BC. I run a busy practice, working primarily for clients with funding from the Legal Services Society (Legal Aid). If a potential client does not qualify for Legal Aid, I am generally willing to negotiate a payment plan, so please don't be shy about asking. My primary interest is to help the people who really need it and I firmly believe that everyone charged with a criminal offence is entitled to quality legal representation.

I'm not the lawyer who is going to hold hands with your family members. This is a hard time for them for certain, but I am a lawyer, not a therapist, so I focus my time and energy on doing the legal work that it takes to give you the best representation in and out of the courtroom.

I spend a lot of time in court defending the interests of my clients, so I can be hard to reach. It is worth your while to keep trying.

If you are facing criminal charges, I know what I'm doing, and I want to help.

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Innocence Canada (formerly Association in Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted or AIDWYC) is a Canadian, non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, advocating for, and exonerating individuals convicted of a crime that they did not commit and to preventing such injustices in the future through legal education and justice system reform.
InfoNews.ca Interview
Vernon defence lawyer calls for more treatment beds, mental health services for offenders July 20, 2016 - 10:30 AM By Charlotte Helston, InfoNews.ca

VERNON - A Vernon defence lawyer who’s helped a great number of addicts and mentally unstable individuals through the criminal justice system says many are slipping through the cracks and falling back behind bars simply because there is not enough help for them in the community