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Charitsis Law

Toronto Criminal Lawyers

With over 25 years in criminal law and 5000+ successful defences. We provide dedicated advocacy and legal counsel to protect you against criminal allegations.

Experience Matters: Rely on our team of Toronto Criminal Lawyers, seasoned in delivering exceptional defence advocacy with winning results.

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Trusted Toronto Criminal Lawyers – Dedicated to Your Success
Toronto Criminal Lawyer Nicholas Charitsis

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If you’re facing criminal charges, who your lawyer is, their background and experience can have a profound effect on your case and life.

As Toronto criminal lawyers, Charitsis Law has been representing clients, winning cases and getting charges dropped for over 25 years. As defence lawyers we have a verifiable track record of winning results with hundreds of positive reviews on Google and throughout the internet.

We understand the serious implications of being arrested, the potential for criminal records, travel restrictions, and employment limitations. When considering a defence lawyer getting charges dropped is everything.

Our defence team of seasoned lawyers can provide you with the best in legal defence from bail hearings to dealing with the Crown Attorney’s office and any trial.

Give us a call today, and let us explain how we can win your case.  Call 416-731-7113.

Toronto Criminal Lawyers:

Why Experience Matters In Criminal Defence

How the level of experience of a criminal lawyer can affect your case.

Negotiation Skills: Many criminal cases are resolved and even withdrawn through plea bargains and resolutions, not through a trial, e.g. a DUI charge is reduced to careless driving. A lawyer with experience and strong negotiation skills can be crucial in securing a reduced charge. The ability to negotiate effectively with the Toronto Crown Attorneys office can make a substantial difference in the consequences you face.

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Trial Experience: The importance of having a lawyer with substantial legal experience in criminal law cannot be overstated.

In criminal law experience means the lawyer has done it before, they’ve navigated the complexities of the legal system hundreds of times, they know how to speak with the crown attorney, understand the nuances of criminal defence, and know how to vigorously cross-examine witnesses during a trial.

Reputation: Choosing a Toronto criminal lawyer with a strong reputation is crucial, as it reflects their professionalism, effectiveness, and esteem within the legal community. A lawyer’s standing with Judges, Crown Attorneys and within the court system can significantly impact your case.

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Criminal Law Practice Areas

Criminal Defence Lawyers for all Charges Including:
  • Assault

    Assault occurs when a person, without the consent of another, applies force intentionally to that other person, directly or indirectly. It also includes attempts or threats, by an act or a gesture, to apply force to another person,

  • Sexual Assault

    Sexual assault involves any unwanted sexual act or behaviour 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.

  • DUI Defence

    Impaired driving & DUI, 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, licence suspension and possible imprisonment

  • Refuse Breathalyzer

    When a demand is made by a police officer for a breathalyzer test, the driver must comply, 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 80

    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 millilitres of blood), they’re breaking the law and could face penalties like fines, licence suspensions, and even jail.

  • 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.

Legal representation for, bail hearings, removal of fingerprints, criminal record suspensions as well as charges such as DUI to fraud, assault, and beyond. Where you’ve been charged with a crime our trial lawyers are here help.

About Charitsis Lawyers

Focused on Winning Outcomes for Our Clients

Service Oriented Law Firm

As defence lawyers we work to provide successful and positive outcomes while working to protect your future. Ninety nine (99) percent of the cases we’ve handle have ended in a positive outcomes. Our goal is to get all charges dropped, or significantly reduced and avoid criminal records.

Experienced Lawyers

As your advocate our extensive experience as legal counsel is your advantage. Our years of experience as legal counsel and former crown attorneys gives us the edge and understanding on how to win your case.  When you appear in court day and work in the legal system after day, you just naturally get good at criminal law.

Winning Track Record

Our ‘Winning Track Record’ stands as a testament to our role as leading Toronto criminal lawyers, where victories mean avoiding criminal records and licence suspensions. Dive into our Google Reviews to witness the successful outcomes we’ve achieved for our clients, showcasing our 110% commitment to every case

Our defence lawyers prioritize client interests, dismissal of charges and mitigated charges while avoiding criminal records and licence suspensions.

Criminal Defence:
What Happens after the Arrest

How Our Criminal Defence Team Gets Working on Your Case

When you retain a criminal lawyer, our job is to represent you at all proceedings, deal with the Crown Attorney, while providing guidance and support.

After being arrested and released from the police station, or after a Bail Hearing, you’re given a date to appear in court to answer to the charges.  This date is commonly called the “Set Date” or “First Appearance Date”.  The set date or first appearance is not a date for the hearing or trial.

On the set date, the accused is asked to enter a plea to the charge before the 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 obtain the complete disclosure and 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.

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A 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.

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Toronto Criminal Lawyer – FAQs

Clear Answers, Trusted Guidance: FAQs Explained by Toronto Criminal Lawyers

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

Answer: We sincerely believe that 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 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 trial 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?

Answer: 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?

Answer: 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?

Answer: 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).

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