Dangerous Driving

Dangerous Driving Lawyer

Nicholas Charitsis is a criminal defense lawyer specializing in motor vehicle law in Ontario including Dangerous Driving charges.

Consultations are conducted free of charge by calling 416-878-2275 or contacting our office.

You’re Not Guilty of Dangerous Driving

You may feel that if the police have arrested you that you’re guilty, which is wrong.

It is your right under Canadian law to have a Judge hear what happened and for the judge to make a decision, not the police.

Only a judge can decide your guilt or innocence and there are defences to dangerous driving.

As a Toronto lawyer I’m am expert in legal defense and I can properly present you and your defence to the court.

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What is Dangerous Driving

Dangerous driving under the  Criminal Code of Canada makes it an offence to drive or operate a motor vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to the public.

To determine if the driving is dangerous, the Criminal Code states that the court must consider all of the circumstances of the actions of the accused, such as;

  • the nature, conditions and the use of the place
  • the amount of traffic that is or might be expected to be present
  • was there a danger to the public,
  • who either were present or, who might have been present, including for example a passenger in the car.
  • the court also has to consider the mental element of the charge, did the driver plan on doing the act.
  • that there be some proof of an intention to operate a motor vehicle in away which would be a departure from the standard care that a normal driver would be expected to act.

The offence of must be committed involving a motor vehicle as described in the Criminal Code of Canada, which is any vehicle that is pushed, pulled or driven by an engine of any sort.

Penalty for Dangerous Driving

The penalties for dangerous driving are imposed by the judge upon enter a conviction to the charge including;

  • a criminal record for life,
  • an automatic one-year drivers licence suspension, and
  • the possibility of jail
  • fines
  • probation
  • at least a 100% jump in your insurance rates for at least five (5) years

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation will impose a mandatory one (1) year licence suspension upon the conviction of a dangerous driving charge.

Criminal driving convictions are kept on drivers records/abstracts for ten (10) years.

Fighting Dangerous Driving Charges

Where the police have charged a driver with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, the prosecution and police must show intent. In legal terms this is called “Mens Rea” having a guilty mind.

The driver must of had “intent to commit the offence”, meaning the driver must have planned to drive in dangerous manner, that the driver intended to do the act and it wasn’t just an accident.

Many times a serious accident or situation happens where the police believe that they must charge the driver with the most serious charge possible so that the driver receives a maximum penalty.

The police may charge the driver with dangerous driving, not fully appreciating that although what happened may have been a horrible situation, the actions of the accused do not fall into the legal definition of dangerous driving.

In considering whether the driver committed the offence the court must consider did the driver have any intent or Mens Rea (to have a guilty mind) to commit the act, or was the driver just driving carelessly, and was the incident an accident and was there intent upon the driver.

There is a difference between driving dangerously and careless driving. In bad accidents where the driver was driving without due care and attention to their driving then the dangerous driving charge must be dismissed, because a conviction for dangerous driving requires intent.

When considering the intent of the accused the court therefore will consider did the driver plan on driving dangerously e.g. racing, or was the incident an accident where the driver had no intent to commit the act.

My dangerous driving charge was dropped to a traffic ticket.

I did not think there was any way to get around this as there was an accident involved in my case which complicated things. Five (5) other lawyers all told me that my chances were only 50/50.

When I met with Nick, he spoke with confidence, knowledge and laid out the possibilities from the start for me. He is well-known and respected by his peers. He was honest, his fees were extremely reasonable and his office was an absolute pleasure to work with. More importantly he won my case!

David R. Toronto

Legal Defenses for Dangerous Driving Charges

Just because the police charged you, doesn’t mean your guilty.

When you discuss your charge with me, a lawyer with years of trial experience with criminal charges involving dangerous driving, you’ll learn that I can help you.

In defending a charge like dangerous driving there are numerous legal defences to the charge, and I have always been able to help my clients in their defense.

When it comes to fees, I am one of the most affordable lawyers in Toronto. You don’t have to pay the whole fee up front and I offer payment plans to fit your situation. A reasonable deposit gets me working to fight your case.

I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case in detail, either at my office or a place convenient to you.

Contact me to discuss your case with a dangerous driving lawyer.

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Reviews of Nicholas Charitsis

My experience with Nicholas Charitsis has been beyond excellent. Right from the beginning after I was involved in a major collision for which I was charged for Dangerous Driving, Nicholas was able to provide me with a sense of confidence and security.

He explained everything I needed to know in great detail and his confidence is what gave me confidence as well, any questions that I had asked were always answered in a pleasant yet understandable manner. I could also see that he had legitimately cared for my case and that he takes great pride in his work and puts in 120%.

After what seemed like what was going to be a tough case, he was able to get me off with no charges, no convictions and no records.

I will remember this for the years to come and will definitely be referring him to friends and family or to anyone reading this with the utmost confidence should they get into any legal or need a dangerous driving lawyer. Thank you Nicholas for your hard work!
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martin urraburu
21:37 27 Jul 17
Studying to become a paralegal and with my acceptance to law school, it has never been more thorough and understanding with the advice and pointers of Nicholas Charitsis. Being one of Toronto's top Criminal Defence Lawyer's he knows his clients and the Law. His high quality negotiating traits have earned his client's great success in and outside the courtroom. An all around gentleman gives his client's the comfort they need while undergoing such stress a criminal charge can bring into someone's life. You need experience and dedication to take on such challenging situations, and Nicholas Charitsis will demonstrate that in his practice of criminal law. I recommend that if anyone out there has any case involving the justice system to give his office a call, he will work around the clock to help you move on. From resolving your matter to destroying your finger prints after your issue has been dealt with. Call the Law office of Nicholas Charitsis.
Robina Cheema
15:45 27 Jul 17
Nick is the BEST criminal defense lawyer in Toronto. He's very knowledgeable and get's things done. The judges all know him and respect him. The Best decision I made was to hire him as my lawyer. His fees were worth every penny to clear my name from the police records. I would highly recommend Nick if you're in Need if the BEST criminal lawyer.
Konstantinos Papatolikas
19:17 28 Jun 17
You will never meet a more honest individual who actually cares about people and puts his clients first. I went to see Nicholas about a criminal charge that I was stressing over for months. He came up with a solution right away. He didn't even charge me for his time. I should have gone to see him sooner than I did because I left his office feeling calm and confident about my situation. I eventually hired him and he was able to get all of my charges dropped. I would recommend him to anybody in need of the best criminal lawyer.
Survivor 101
04:02 28 Jun 17
From the start Nicholas had his word . He promised me everything will be okay and we will get those charges gone . He stuck with his word and he fought for me . I had false accusations against me for something I didn't even do . I endured the pain and suffering for months, at times I felt hopeless. Some nights I couldn't even sleep. Nicholas was reassuring , clear , and confident . He knew what he had to get done and he did . If you have any case leave it to him ...you will not be disappointed. The most rewarding part for him is helping people out of his own good heart like he helped me . I would also like to thank his law clerk Montana for being so patient and understanding . Thank you Nicholas Charistis to you for giving me my life back .
nick petrou
16:55 23 Jun 17
This is how good Nicholas Charitsis is: Today he got my case thrown out at the old city hall court. He literally explained the law to the judge and the prosecutor and took complete control of the process. I was sitting in the courtroom thinking this guy is THE MAN and he's MY LAWYER . I couldn't have been happier. By hiring him I got piece of mind and excellent results. Had to switch lawyers from another firm until I found him. Thank goodness I did!
Susan Khalili
12:59 02 Jun 17
I was arrested for DUI and foolishly thought that I could deal with the case on my own. After several useless court appearances and getting ridiculed by a judge it was time for me to hire the services of a professional. I searched and searched until I found the best rated DUI lawyer in Toronto. I called the law offices of Nicholas Charitsis and was greeted by his friendly assistant Montana Brown. She was able to set up a meeting with Nicholas within 24hours. When I arrived at his office there was a bit of a wait since Nicholas was running late with his other meetings. His assistant was very pleasant and made me feel extremely comfortable while I was in the waiting room. Nicholas then came out to greet me and brought me into the meeting room. He was polite and very professional. He meticulously walked me through the process of my criminal case by mapping everything out on a large whiteboard. He explained each and every step of what he would do and how long it would take to do it. It was amazing! I felt completely informed and finally knew what to expect for the case. After everything was said and done my charges were dropped and I saved my driver's licence. Nicholas is truly the best DUI lawyer out there. All of the positive reviews are completely true.
Helen Wu
22:14 02 May 17
I have to say that I am very happy that I hired Nicholas for my domestic assault case. This is my honest review. I found Nicholas very approachable and likeable. After interviewing several lawyers before him, I decided to hire Nicholas the same day I met him. He had a lineup of clients waiting for him, which I liked because it gave me confidence that he was a good lawyer. He wasn't on call for me all the time but I found him to communicate fairly effectively. He would sometimes respond to my e-mails at late hours, which is something I found to be very good because it showed him to be a hard worker. Sometimes I needed to contact him a couple times because he was busy but it ended up being ok. It was definitely a small sacrifice. He did communicate very well in general. He has an amazing memory and somehow remembers my case when I speak to him on the phone without him even having his notes. His work is top notch. He really takes the time to make sure everything is in order. I am very satisfied.
Karen Singh
23:23 25 Apr 17
Nicholas has helped me and family out a few times in the past. He's always easy to get a hold of and ready to help out when we need him. His fees are reasonable and he is completely honest about what the outcome will likely be. Each time I've used him, Nicholas has exceeded my expectations with the results. My family and I trust him 100% and would recommend his office without hesitation. He's the best lawyer in the 905 and 416 for sure.
Bryson Hood
14:57 13 Apr 17
This guy is awesome. I had 9 prior convictions for driving under suspension and a new charge of dangerous driving. I don't know how he did it but Charitsis kept me out of jail. He is an incredible lawyer. When we finished my case at the Newmarket court his colleagues were giving him high fives for getting the result that he did in my case. I should also mention that his assistant Montana is extremely helpful and pleasant. She talked me through the whole ordeal and made me feel safe and confident that Nicholas would come through for me. I give him all the credit for solving this terrible situation I was in. He is worth the extra costs
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