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Nicholas Charitsis

Toronto Criminal Lawyer

Experienced Winning Criminal Lawyer for Toronto & GTA Courts

Nicholas Charitsis

Toronto Criminal Lawyer

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Over four thousand (4,000) people helped by our criminal lawyers. Criminal records have been avoided, driver licences kept, with thousands of wins and favourable results. Winning Results >

Winning Results

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

Experienced Criminal Defence

Defence lawyer Nicholas Charitsis leads a team of experienced Toronto criminal lawyers for criminal defence throughout the greater Toronto area (GTA).

Our goal is to:

Charitsis Law is a top criminal law office with many success stories and hundreds of positive client reviews.

When you need to win, call Charitsis Law 416-731-7113, 24 hours.

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When you need to win – choose Charitsis Law.

Experienced criminal law office having appeared on over 4,000 cases.

Years of criminal trial experience in:

  • criminal defence law
  • cross-examining witnesses
  • technical legal arguments and motions
  • speaking & arguing persuasively
  • high success rate

Our team of criminal lawyers consists of defence & trial advocates, paralegals, medical professionals and retired police officers, people with years of experience fighting criminal charges.

No Stone Unturned Defence

We do things properly,  “No stone unturned” is our policy ensuring the best possible defence to our clients.

Your legal issue is our concern:

  • we’re responsive you,
  • we let you know what’s happening, and
  • how we’re going to fight your case.

If you’re accused of a crime, then you need a criminal lawyer and trial advocate who is available 24/7 to help.

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Toronto’s Best Reviewed Criminal Defence Lawyer

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Meet Nicholas Charitsis

Criminal defence lawyer Nicholas Charitsis is a graduate from Osgoode Hall Law School, in Toronto.

Nick earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree (with distinction) from the Schulich School of Business at York University, Toronto where he graduated in the top 5% of the class.

In this video criminal lawyer Nicholas Charitsis explains his winning team approach to defending criminal charges.

Service Oriented Law Firm

Charitsis Law is one of Toronto’s top criminal defence law firms. 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.

Top Criminal 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.

Successful 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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Criminal Law Practice Areas

We Provide Criminal Defence for all Charges Including:

  • Impaired driving

    Impaired driving means the drivers ability was impaired due to the consumption of an alcohol or drug. Read More >

  • Drive over 80

    Eighty milligrams of alcohol is the legal level of alcohol consumption for Canadian drivers.
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  • Refuse Breath Test

    Police can collect evidence by demanding a breathalyzer test only under certain conditions. Read More >

  • Assault

    Assault occurs where one person applies force upon another whether or no injury has occurred. Read More >

  • Domestic Assault

    Domestic assault is where an assault occurs between two or more people who have a relationship with each other. Read More >

  • Sexual Assault

    Sexual assault allegations can affect employment, travel and can cause unwanted media attention. Read More >

  • Bail Hearings

    Bail hearings are hearings before a justice to review if the accused should be released from custody. Read More >

  • Dangerous Driving

    Accidents are not dangerous driving, dangerous driving must include intent. Read More >

  • Fail to Remain

    Fail to Remain accident, don’t make statements without speaking to a criminal lawyer first.  Read More >

  • Theft Under

    Most theft under charges are misunderstandings or momentary lapse in judgements. Read More >

Retaining Charitsis Law to Defend You

There is no fee or obligation to call and speak to us. The discussion is held with complete privacy and confidence with the lawyer.

During that phone call the lawyer will:

  • listen to your case
  • answer any questions you have
  • review the documents the police gave you

Send any documents for review by using the form at bottom of page.

The lawyer will be able to give you an opinion about your case, and tell you:

  • possible defences to the charge
  • legal arguments in your case
  • what you can do to help your case
  • what the cost to defend the accusation would be

Where you decide to retain our services we will invite you to meet in our Toronto office or have a face to face Zoom online meeting. In that meeting we’ll discuss the case in detail, plan your defence and arrange for the first court date.

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Our Philosophy as Criminal Lawyers

As criminal lawyers in Toronto we care about the number of cases we take on. The goal is, fewer clients in order to provide superior 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 how we can get the charge reduced to avoid penalties like criminal recordslicence 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.

Legal Aid and duty counsel maybe available for those with limited means. The problem is, that duty counsel and legal aid lawyers have a high case load. A Legal Aid lawyer may find it difficult to provide the amount of legal representation to properly represent your case for a defence.

Duty counsel work for the criminal courts and government. This means that the duty counsel for the accused is also an employee of the government that is pressing the charges against you, which rarely works well for the accused. Crown Attorneys may act as like they are entitled to a conviction and duty counsel will be required to regularly deal with the crown attorney, breeding familiarity. This situation alone is enough for anyone accused of a crime to consider retaining an experienced criminal lawyer.

What does a criminal lawyer do?

Criminal cases are built on evidence that must meet the standard of reasonable doubt. A criminal lawyers 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 thats 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.

Aggressive and Unyielding Defence

Our Toronto criminal lawyers are aggressive, and extremely resourceful. We get each client the results he, or she, deserves.

Experienced Litigators

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

We’re Dedicated To You

Our lawyers are passionate about one thing: helping our clients get the best outcome. We focus 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.

Don’t settle for a duty counsel

Duty counsel is necessary in the legal system, but doesn’t provide a full defence for the client. Duty counsel works for the government that is prosecuting the case, and there’s always a question of how hard they are working to counsel you. Many times the charge is a crime without an obvious victim, especially in cases involving drug distribution on any level. Duty counsel regularly work in one specific court and can become an ally of the prosecution and court officers in many cases. Never accept duty counsel for a criminal charge if there is any other option for legal representation.

Strong & aggressive defence lawyers with a proven track record of success!

After Being Arrested for a Criminal Offence

Once an arrest has been made and the accused has been taken to the police station they will be required to answer a series of personal questions.  The accused will either be:

  • placed in a holding cell awaiting a bail hearing, or
  • released on a Promise to Appear in court
  • fingerprinted and photographed.

The police must give the accused reasonable phone calls and be allowed speak to a criminal defence lawyer of their choosing or to duty counsel.

A court hearing is held within 48 hours of being placed in custody. The suspect will be allowed to meet with their attorney before a bail hearing takes place.

When the suspect is taken into court, the court informs the judge of the crime they are being charged with, and will ask the suspect to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. The suspect should consult their lawyer about which plea to enter before the hearing begins. The judge will then review the case to see if the accused should be released from custody pending the trial date.

Pleading guilty is an admission of guilt, and the accused will be responsible for the penalties of the crime.

A plea of not guilty means the crown attorney must prove the facts of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt to the judge at trial.  Any witnesses must appear on the trial date to give evidence.

Most criminal proceedings will appear before a provincial court judge, without a jury and the judge decides the outcome.

Where the accused is found not guilty, they will be allowed to go free. If the accused is found guilty, or if the accused pleaded guilty, a sentencing hearing will be held immediately unless deferred by the court. At sentencing, the judge will listen to submissions from both the defence lawyer and the crown attorney regarding the accused, including any past criminal record and background in deciding a penalty.

Many criminal charges including impaired driving and dangerous driving have mandatory penalties like licence suspensions and criminal records that the judge has no control over.

Criminal Defence & Trials

When you retain a criminal lawyer the lawyer cross-examines and questions the statements of the police officer and witnesses.

A criminal 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.

Never plead guilty to a criminal charge when you are innocent, as criminal records can have a major impact on the life of the accused.

Criminal records issues can include:

  • immigration issues and denial
  • denial of government benefits
  • employment issues, and
  • public housing restrictions

A criminal lawyer is always an investment in your personal future.

Having a criminal lawyer who is willing to take a case to a complete trial can be important, and many times an inexperienced defence lawyer will avoid this at all costs due to lack of experience or cost of a trial.

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

The prosecution must only observe the minimal basic legal rights of the defendant and maybe serious about a conviction only because you’re the one thats’ charged.

In many ways, a defendant without a criminal lawyer must actually prove their innocence instead of the court proving the case against the defendant.

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

Speak to a Toronto Criminal Lawyer today

Call us 24 hours a day at 416-731-7113 to speak with a lawyer about your case.

At Charitsis Law we’ve rated the highest possible score on every legal ratings service. But more importantly, our verifiable 20 year record of success in the most difficult criminal cases in Toronto and throughout the GTA are the reason you should contact us today to discuss your own legal case.

Our Toronto criminal lawyers understand what you are going through and are willing to go the extra mile to help you resolve your legal problems.

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