Learn How Our Partners in Criminal Law & Prison Law Can Assist You

Criminal Law Halifax
Nova Scotia

We Do Criminal Law Affordably

Just like Johnny Cash, some families have run-ins with the criminal law. One in eight Canadians have a criminal record. Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc. supports families to handle criminal charges, trials and sentencing and also concerns about the treatment of loved ones while they are in prison. For criminal law and prison law matters, we partner with Asaf Rashid of Asaf Rashid Law. Call us or book online now for a half-hour consultation!

Meet Asaf Rashid

Criminal Defence Lawyer and Prison Inmate Advocate

Asaf Rashid is a Halifax-based criminal defence and prison lawyer. Asaf has a history as a community organizer, who has worked for years alongside low-income and working people for housing, and better working conditions. He has worked with migrants in their struggles to remain in Canada and to enjoy the rights and dignity of Canadians. He also assists clients with human rights claims. 

Asaf grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where he graduated from the University of New Brunswick Law School. Asaf has articled in Calgary and practised in Toronto before coming to Nova Scotia. He has recently dabbled in sea-kayaking and is an avid runner. In 2016, he ran the “Legs for Literacy” marathon in New Brunswick.

Asaf Rashid
Legal Counsel

Criminal Defence

Like all Teryl Scott lawyers and partner firms, we operate on a pay-as-you-go basis and flat fees depending on the type of work to be completed. No retainers!

Asaf also has a background in immigration law and therefore he can advise on how criminal charges and convictions will impact immigration status. 

On criminal matters, Asaf has a wide range of experience assisting clients including those facing the following charges:

  • Assaults
  • Impaired driving (DUI)
  • Bail hearing
  • Changes of release conditions
  • Uttering threats
  • Break and enter
  • Weapons offences
  • Mischief
  • Breaches of probation
  • Provincial regulatory offences such as speeding tickets
  • Changing court orders
  • Protest-related offences

Just Outcomes

We assist those who are incarcerated to be treated fairly by institutional staff. We support inmates on how to strategically handle challenging living conditions.


We work to solve your issues in a timely manner. We draft letters with you while on the phone, in person or on video conference call.

Cost Effectiveness

No retainer fees. We offer pay-as-you-go for legal coaching. We also offer flat fees for some of our prison work. Contact us today for more information!

Prison Inmate Advocacy

Some families experience the anguish of having a loved one in prison. There are 14,000 people serving federal time in Canada. 

On prison matters, Asaf works with Teryl Scott Lawyers Inc.’s senior legal counsel Lisa Teryl on inmate injury cases related to prison incarceration and correctional services misconduct. 

As well as legal coaching services for negligence issues, he also assists those incarcerated on a pay-as-go and sometimes a flat fee basis, depending on the type of work to to completed:

  • Defending against institutional charges 
  • Making habeas corpus applications
  • Judicial review of unreasonable institutional decisions
  • Preparing for parole hearings
  • Writing advocacy letters to institutional wardens

Get perspective on your situation.

Call (902) 706-5030 or email to start your process.
We're here to listen to your legal issues and resolve them fairly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

Criminal Law FAQ's

How much does an criminal lawyer cost?

Our legal coaches cost $350 / hr. For traditional representation work our Senior Legal Counsel is $450 / hr.

What does a prison lawyer do?

Prison lawyers assist inmates to protect their rights while incarcerated.

What is a habeas corpus application?

These applications are made directly to the Supreme Court of the province where the person is incarcerated. It is an old English application which means freeing of the person. Sometimes when an institution wishes to change a person’s classification to a higher one and send them to a more dangerous facility, such as maximum security, this can be seen as a loss of freedom. A judge can order that the transfer not happen.

Client Reviews

I recently had my will updated along with my power of attorney and a medical directive. The process was very simple as I set up a phone consultation with my lawyer,... read more

thumb Barry Johnson
April 20, 2022

Lisa has my highest respect with her knowledge of employment law. I would without hesitation, recommend her service! Thank You again, Lisa.

thumb Bill Sullivan
March 4, 2022

Lisa is extremely knowledgeable, professional and personable. She made the entire process as painless as possible and I felt very supported throughout. I would highly recommend Lisa’s services.

thumb Myra Davis
October 19, 2021