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Charitsis Law

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Charitsis Law

Toronto Criminal Lawyers


Over 5,000 people helped by our criminal defence lawyers. Criminal records have been avoided, driver licences kept, with thousands of wins and favourable results. Winning Results >

Highly Rated

Charitsis Law, as criminal defence lawyers, is consistently recognized and acclaimed as one of Ontario’s top-rated criminal lawyer offices, boasting outstanding ratings on Google Reviews

Winning Results

Years of legal experience as crown attorneys, prosecutors and as Toronto criminal lawyers. We know the strategies to protect your livelihood, drivers licence and defend your character.  About Us >

Winning Criminal Defence Lawyers: Experience Matters

How a lawyer’s experience & successful track record can be essential for your success.

Negotiation Skills: Leveraging 25 years of experience and a track record of success, our defence lawyers excel in negotiation. With long-established relationships with the Crown Attorney’s office and court system we consistently yield positive results not only in pre-trial hearings but at trial.

Practical Courtroom Experience: Nothing beats actual court and years of trial experience. We outperform in courtroom procedures, witness cross-examination, and strategic thinking. Our expertise as trial advocates guarantees formidable representation, offering top-tier defence for our clients.

Valuing Experience Over Economy: Yes, you’ll always find a cheaper or more affordable lawyers, but are they going to win? When the stakes are high and winning is crucial, remember that the adage “you get what you pay for in life” , this rings especially true for criminal defence lawyers.

It’s a well known fact, lawyers who consistently deliver successful outcomes and superior results charge higher fees than less experienced or junior counterparts. Where you need to win and ensure that you don’t receive a criminal record, retaining an experienced lawyer with a track record of winning should be paramount to your defence.

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Experience counts in criminal defence. Your future and freedom are at stake, choose a defence lawyer who is highly skilled and experienced. The right legal representation can significantly influence the direction and outcome of your case.

Toronto Criminal Lawyers: Committed to Winning

With 25 years of experience, our Toronto criminal lawyers achieved
successful outcomes in over 5,000 cases.

At Charitsis Law, our objective is to have your charges dropped, we accomplish this through a team-based strategy rather than a single-lawyer approach. We provide:

  • advice & communication throughout your case
  • representation & exceptional advocacy with the crown attorneys office
  • commanding & persuasive courtroom presentation & trial skills

Leading your defence is an experienced and seasoned criminal lawyer, backed by a committed staff. This team also comprises medical experts, toxicologists, legal experts, paralegals, and ex-law officers, all united in their pursuit of one goal: securing a win for your case.

Guided by a “No stone unturned” policy, we’re committed to providing the most thorough and robust legal defence. When you choose us as your Toronto criminal lawyers we ensure:

  • open and transparent communication lines keeping you “in the loop”
  • regular updates on the progress and new developments in your case
  • we articulate a clear and effective defence strategy tailored to your needs

Don’t wait. For immediate legal assistance, contact Charitsis Law today at 416-731-7113. Our Toronto criminal lawyers are available around the clock to answer your queries and explain how we can win your case.

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Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.

Criminal Law Practice Areas

Toronto Criminal Defence for all Charges Including:
  • Assault

    The Criminal Code outlines many methods by which a person can be guilty of arson. The consequences are strict, and based on the extent of damage and harm, the harshest penalty could be life in prison.

  • Sexual Assault

    Sexual assault involves any unwanted sexual act or behavior forced upon an individual without their consent. This violation can carry significant legal repercussions, and depending on its severity, perpetrators can face long-term imprisonment.

  • Domestic Assault

    Domestic assault refers to physical, emotional, or psychological harm inflicted upon a person by a intimate partner or family member.

  • Obstruct Justice

    Obstruct Justice refers to intentionally taking actions that interfere with or impede the proper functioning of the judicial system. This can encompass behaviors like misleading law enforcement, tampering with evidence, or influencing witnesses.

  • Youth Criminal Justice Act

    The Youth Criminal Justice Act in Canada is a specialized legal framework dedicated to addressing offenscs committed by individuals aged 12 to 17. Navigating this system requires a understanding and a tailored approach to ensure that young people’s rights are upheld & their futures are protected.

  • Criminal Records

    A criminal record in Canada is a formal record of offences that an individual has been convicted of. Having such a record can impact various aspects of life, from employment opportunities to travel restrictions, underscoring the importance of understanding its implications and seeking avenues for record suspensions.

  • Pardons

    Individuals convicted of criminal offence(s) may qualify for a Record Suspension after a specific duration. Factors like the nature of the charges, the penalties given, and the sentencing dates play crucial roles in determining eligibility.

  • DUI Defence

    Impaired driving, refers to operating a vehicle while one’s ability to do so is compromised by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both. It’s a serious offence that can result in a criminal record, license suspension and possible imprisonment

  • Refuse Breathalyzer

    When a demand is made by a police officer for a breathalyzer test, should the driver refuse without lawful excuse they commit a criminal offence, with penalties the same as if they failed the test and are charged with impaired driving.

  • Drive over .08

    Canadian law sets a clear line for alcohol consumption while driving: where a driver’s blood alcohol concentration measures over 0.08mgs (or 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood), they’re breaking the law and could face penalties like fines, license suspensions, and even jail.

  • Utter Threats

    Uttering Threats means expressing an intention to harm someone or their property. The criminal charge doesn’t just cover physical harm but can also include threats to damage belongings or even pets. Making such threats is taken seriously and can result in legal consequences, underscoring the significance of words and the power they hold.

  • Highway Traffic Act Offences

    The Ontario Highway Traffic Act regulates road safety and vehicular travel in Ontario, covering everything from speeding and seatbelt violations to more severe offences careless driving. Breaching its provisions can lead to fines, demerit points, license suspensions, or even imprisonment.

  • Fingerprint Removal

    Upon being charged with an criminal offence, police typically collect your fingerprints and photographs as part of the arrest. Where you’re acquitted, have your charges dropped, or obtain a non-conviction outcome, you can request the deletion of the  fingerprints and photos taken at the time of arrest, often after a designated waiting period.

  • Bail Hearings

    Bail hearing are proceeding to determine whether an accused person should be released or detained while awaiting trial. The decision is based upon the nature of the crime, criminal history, and risk of them not appearing in court or any danger to the public.

  • Theft

    Theft as in taking someone else’s property without permission or legal right, and/or intending to deprive the owner of it. Committing theft includes consequences that can include fines, restitution, or imprisonment.

  • Drive While Prohibited

    Criminal licence suspensions can be life-altering. Most criminal suspensions are mandatory and can occur for multiple reasons, the length of time it’s suspended can be advocated by our defence team and hinges on different considerations.

  • Fail to Remain

    leaving the scene post-accident without fulfilling your duties can lead to a “Fail to Remain” charge. The law takes this seriously; those found guilty may find themselves paying fines, losing their license, or even spending time in jail.

  • Breach of Probation

    Breach of Probation refers to failing to follow the conditions set out in a probation order after a criminal conviction. Not following these terms can lead the judge to impose additional legal consequences, which may include potential fines, extended probation, or even imprisonment.

  • Quasi-Criminal Proceedings

    Beyond the offences outlined in the Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs & Substances Act, various federal and provincial regulations can lead to penalties as stringent as those in traditional criminal law. Being convicted of these “quasi-criminal” violations can result in substantial fines and potential imprisonment.

Meet Nicholas Charitsis

As a Toronto criminal lawyer, Nicholas Charitsis earned his law degree at the Osgoode Hall Law School.

He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with distinction from the Schulich School of Business at York University, ranking in the top 5% of his class.

Nicholas has experience in the criminal justice system, having served as a Crown Attorney for the Toronto Attorney General’s office at various locations including Old City Hall, College Park, 1000 Finch, and the juvenile courts at 311 Jarvis St.

In this video, he explains his team approach to defending criminal charges.

Criminal Defence: What Happens after the Arrest

When you retain a criminal lawyer, our job is to represent the accused at all proceedings, appear with you in court while providing guidance and support.

Upon release from the police station or Bail Hearing, the accused is given a date to appear in court to answer to the charges.  This date is commonly called the “Set Date” or “First Appearance Date”.

On that date, the accused is asked to enter a plea to the charge before a judge.  The Crown Attorney may advise the court whether the Crown Attorney’s office intends to proceed by summary or by indictment.  Most times the Crown Attorney will provide some or all the police disclosure (police report) detailing the accusation. The case will be then adjourned for a period of 30 days or so for the disclosure to be reviewed.

Prior to any trial, our lawyers will contact the Crown Attorney’s office to schedule a “Pre-trial discussion”. This is an opportunity for your lawyer and the Crown to review the case, discuss any shortcomings, police investigation, and for the Crown to give their position as to the charge.

The Pre-Trial stage is where discussions are held as to whether the case will go to trial, reduced charges, resolution and or in some instances charges maybe dropped completely.

Toronto Criminal Lawyer | Legal ItemsA defence lawyer may even question the motivation for the arrest, especially when it’s obvious that charges are based on evidence that is weak or borderline.

It’s never a good decision to go before the court without legal representation, and even the judge will question this.

It is important to remember that, even when charges are generally sound, many times a reduced charge can often be achieved with good legal counsel.

Your defence & lawyer is an investment in your personal and families future.

About Charitsis Lawyers

Toronto Criminal Lawyers: Focused on Winning Outcomes for Our Clients

Service Oriented Law Firm

Charitsis Law is a Toronto criminal defence law firm. We work to provide successful and positive outcomes in criminal defence by defending your rights, character and working to protect your future. Ninety nine (99) percent of the cases we’ve handle have ended in a positive outcomes, comparing to what they were originally facing. As your lawyer our goal is to get all charges dismissed, or significantly reduced and avoid criminal records.

Experienced Lawyers

As lawyers we believe that when arrested – people want and need to speak to a criminal lawyer for legal help and counsel. That’s why we have a criminal defence attorney available to help 24 hours. In addition, there are two (2) criminal lawyers assigned to each case. There is always someone available to handle any concerns you may have. We thoroughly investigate all legal evidence against our clients, and prepare each case for trial.

Winning Track Record

We pride ourselves on a professional legal defence. Our goal is to win your case, avoiding criminal records, suspensions and even jail. Our commitment is that we will do whatever it takes to win your case, with hundred and ten (110) percent effort. We work with you, so that our fees aren’t a burden on you – or your family.

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At Charitsis Law, our Toronto criminal lawyers prioritize client interests,
dismissal of charges and mitigated charges while avoiding criminal records and licence suspensions.

Retaining Charitsis Law to Defend You

Speaking with a criminal lawyer is free and comes with no obligation.
Your conversation will be private and confidential.

As Toronto Criminal Lawyers, give us a call and let’s have a discussion. We can give you our opinion about your case, including:
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  • Listen to relevant concerns
  • Answer any questions you might have
  • Examine & discuss the documents provided
  • Let you know what to expect next

Based on this conversation, the lawyer will offer insights into your case, including:

  • Pertinent legal arguments
  • Potential defences against the charge
  • Steps you can take to strengthen your case
  • Tell you the cost to defend your case

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Where you decide to retain our services we’ll schedule a meeting either at our Toronto office or via a Zoom call. In this meeting, we will thoroughly explore your case details,
strategize your defence, and arrange for your initial court appearance..

Toronto Criminal Lawyer – FAQs

Q: What qualities should I look for in a Toronto criminal lawyer?

When seeking a criminal lawyer, experience counts.

As you look at each lawyer or law office, look at reviews and how long as the lawyer been practising law in Toronto. In today’s world, an experienced Toronto lawyer should have many reviews from happy clients. Where there are only a few or no online reviews, you have to ask yourself why?

At Charitsis Law our team of Toronto Criminal lawyers have the experience to win your case. As attorneys, we’ve built solid connections with the local court staff and the Crown Attorney’s office, and Judges view us as proficient litigators in the courtroom. The reputation of your lawyer, background and personal relationships can have an affect on your case.

When it comes to pretrial hearings and plea-bargains, the crown attorney may be more open minded with a lawyer known to them, that they’ve known for years and are aware of their legal prowess, and even developed a professional rapport that may assist your case.

Q. What sort of communication should I expect from my lawyer?

Communication is crucial throughout your defence.

As Toronto criminal lawyers, you’re part of the team to build your defence. We’ll want to sit down with you discuss your case.

We’ll want to hear from you the who, what, where and when and together we’ll build a winning defence. Once we receive the police disclosure, we’ll go over it with you, answer any questions and show you where we see issues and defences. Should your case go to trial, we’ll have a meeting to plan and show you our strategy to win your case and what to expect.

Q: Will you personally handle all aspects of my case or delegate certain tasks to other members of your team?

Charitsis Law is a legal team of senior and experienced criminal defence lawyers, we’re not one lawyer with a secretary.

A senior lawyer will be in charge of the case and lead the team in preparing your defence. The lawyer together with your legal team works on background work, pre-trial discussions, legal arguments, criminal trial preparation and organizing any experts that we’ll have for trial.

Many of the court appearances we’ll appear for you, saving you the stress of appearing for remands and other court hearings. Where and if the case goes to trial, then we’ll want you to be there in court to be part of the defence, providing your input, while working together with your lead trial lawyer.

Q: What information should I bring to my initial meeting with the lawyer?

The first meeting we want to listen to you and hear what happened.

Where the police have given you documents like release forms, breathalyzer test results, or bail hearing documents we’d like to review and discuss the contents with you while checking for errors and omissions that can help your case.

We want to have a clear understanding of the events leading to the arrest, what happened during and what happened at the police station. Many times, small details can lead to defences that can win your case.

At some point we’ll ask you to sit down and write out what happened (your statement and version of events), and we recommend that you do this as soon as possible, as memories can fade. (The police write out their statement usually before the end of shift).

Speak with a Toronto Criminal Lawyer Today

Reach out anytime at 416-731-7113 to consult with a seasoned attorney about your situation.

Choosing the right criminal defence and lawyer is a decision that can affect your life for years to come. Your liberty, drivers licence and your family’s well-being can hinge upon the expertise of your lawyer.

Experience counts in legal defence.  Who your lawyer is, their background, and reputation can affect your  defence.

Charitsis Law stands out, not just for our stellar reviews across many platforms but more crucially, for our consistent two-decade track record of winning cases in Toronto and throughout the GTA.

As defence lawyers we understand the stress your under and the need for a winning defence.  When you need to win call Charitsis Law.

Our Philosophy as Criminal Lawyers

Professional Services

As Toronto criminal lawyers we care about the number of cases we take on. The goal is, fewer clients in order to provide the best possible service.  Service and expertise one of main reasons why many of our clients refer us to their friends and family members.

Risk Free Consultation

As criminal lawyers we offer a free consultation, in person or over the phone.

During this meeting you can discuss your case with a lawyer. We can answer questions like – what are the penalties for the charge, what does the prosecution and police have to prove, and legal defences we can use fight the allegation.

When discussing your defence, this means either looking at how to get the case dismissed, or getting the charge reduced to avoid penalties like criminal records, licence suspensions and even jail.

Do I need a criminal lawyer if I have been falsely accused?

Yes, defendants who are accused of a crime are required by law to be adequately represented at court either by a criminal lawyer or by self representation.

What does a criminal lawyer do?

Criminal cases are built on evidence that must meet the standard of reasonable doubt. As Toronto criminal lawyers we can evaluate evidence at trial for legal applications, regarding truth and evidence by the police and any witnesses against you.

Arresting officers must follow all arrest protocols and rules of evidence when compiling evidence in an investigation. Many times over-zealous police officers and prosecutors have prosecuted innocent individuals. As defence lawyers we contest evidence that’s inadmissible and move to have any immaterial facts dismissed, which is something that a defendant usually cannot accomplish on their own.

Do I need a criminal lawyer for my case?

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees a person charged with an offence the right to a lawyer to defend themselves.

This law has also been interpreted as giving the right on criminal defendants to represent themselves in court. If you’re a criminal defendant, charged with a criminal act, you might be allowed to represent yourself, but you’ll need permission to do so from the judge.

Whether or not it’s a good idea to ask a judge to represent yourself in a criminal case is up to your own best judgment, but it’s not recommended.

There is truth to that adage, that “the man who defends himself has a fool for a lawyer”.  Even lawyers will think twice about defending themselves in criminal court. The consequences of a conviction could be harsh, especially if you’re charged with an indictable or serious offence.

Experienced Criminal Defence

Our Toronto criminal lawyers are experienced in criminal defence. We get each client the results he, or she, deserves.

Well Reviewed

Our Toronto criminal lawyers have all been recognised as by services such as Google Reviews, YellowPages,, and many others.

We’re Dedicated To You

Our lawyers are passionate about one thing: helping our clients by focusing on service and results.

We’re your lawyer, we work for you.

You can trust our Toronto criminal lawyers to guide and advise you what to do. We understand you’re relying on us to defend your character, rights and to protect your future.

When you work with us, we’ll explain our part, your part and work together.

Toronto criminal lawyers with a proven track record!
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