Nicholas Charitsis

Toronto Criminal Lawyer

Experienced Winning Criminal Defence Lawyer for Toronto & GTA Courts

Nicholas Charitsis

Toronto Criminal Lawyer

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

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

Toronto Criminal Lawyer & Former Crown Attorney

Toronto criminal lawyer Nicholas Charitsis is a former prosecutor that has appeared at all levels of Ontario courts.

Nick is known for his compassion and understanding of what his clients go through when arrested. As your lawyer Nick, prides himself on providing the best possible criminal defence for your case from beginning to end.

After years of appearing in the Toronto and GTA Courts Nick has the reputation and winning reviews to give you the confidence to know your being helped by one of the top Toronto defence lawyers.

As a trial lawyer, Nick has the tenacity to understand the Toronto legal system, the “players involved” and the nuances of criminal defence.

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Toronto Criminal Defence Lawyers

OVER 50 YEARS OF CRIMINAL DEFENCE ON YOUR TEAM

If you’re accused of a crime, then you need a criminal lawyer and advocate who is available 24/7 to help. We treat each client like a member of our family – and their case like if it were our own. We charge a reasonable fee, based upon our commitment to you and high level of service.

Our firm has been highly ranked and reviewed by organizations like Google, LawyerRatingz.com, and others.

Our team of criminal defence team consists of defence advocates, paralegals, medical professionals and retired police officers to ensure the best possible defence.

When it comes to your defence “no stone unturned” is our policy.

We pride ourselves on doing everything possible to win your case.

Meet Nicholas Charitsis

Toronto Criminal lawyer Nicholas Charitsis explains about defending criminal charges.  Our firm of criminal defence lawyers, former Crown Attorneys, retired police breathalyzer technicians and toxicologists ensures you have a winning defence team defending you.

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 work to protect your future. Ninety nine (99) percent of the cases we’ve handle have ended in a positive outcomes for our client, 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 Toronto Lawyers

As lawyers we firmly believe that when arrested – you need immediate legal help and counsel. That’s why we always have a criminal defence attorney available to help you. 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 offer flat fee arrangements, accept payment plans, and all major credit cards. 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. We also accept a wide array of payment forms.

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Motor Vehicle Criminal Law

Impaired Driving

Impaired driving does not mean the driver was intoxicated or drunk. Impaired driving means that the drivers ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired due to the consumption of an alcohol or drug.

Drive over 80mgs

Where a person is found operating a motor vehicle and their level of blood versus alcohol is over .80mgs, the police can arrest and charge the driver with the criminal charge of drive over 80mgs.

Refuse Breath Test

Police can collect evidence by demanding a breathalyzer test only under certain conditions. As well the police have a legal responsibility to ensure that the driver understands their obligations under the law.

Dangerous Driving

Dangerous driving is not an accident. The incident or driver action must be something that was a planned action, showing disregard for others by the driver that was dangerous in nature.

Our Philosophy as Criminal Defence Lawyers

Our law firm of Toronto criminal defence lawyers cares about the number of cases we take on each month, subsequently we only take on a select few number of clients. The goal is to take on fewer clients in order to provide superior service. Our objective is to provide an impeccable legal defence and to win your case. That’s one of main reasons why many of our clients refer us to their friends and family members – when they need legal advice.

Risk Free Consultation

As defence lawyers we offer a free consultation, in person or over the phone. During this meeting you can discuss your case with a lawyer and we can answer any questions you may have. We can answer questions like – what are the penalties for the charge, what does the prosecution and police have to prove, and how can we 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. We believe that once you discuss your defence with us, you will see how our law firm is the defence lawyers for you.

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

All defendants who are accused of a crime are required by law to be adequately represented at court either by defence counsel or by self representation. Legal Aid and duty counsel maybe available for those with limited means. The problem is, that many 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 required to properly represent your case for a winning 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 same government that is pressing the charges against you, which rarely works well for the accused. Crown Attorneys may act as though they are entitled to a conviction and duty counsel will normally be required to deal with the crown attorney regularly, breeding familiarity. This situation alone is enough for anyone accused of a crime to consider retaining an experienced defence lawyer.

What does a defence lawyer do?

Criminal cases are built on evidence that must meet the standard of reasonable doubt. A criminal defence lawyer 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 your lawyer we contest evidence thats inadmissible and move to have any immaterial facts dismissed, which is something that a typical defendant usually cannot accomplish on their own.

Defending your case at trial

When you retain a criminal lawyer they cross-examine and question the statements of the police officer and witnesses. Defence lawyers may even question the motivation for the arrest, when it’s obvious that charges are based on evidence that is weak or borderline. Having a defence lawyer who is willing to take a case to a complete trial can be important, and many times an defence lawyer will avoid this at all costs due to lack of experience or cost of a trial. 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 denial of government benefits, employment issues, and public housing restrictions. Retaining a criminal lawyer is always an investment in your personal future.

It is never a good decision to go before the court without legal representation, and the judge will question this. The prosecution must only observe the minimal basic legal rights of the defendant and maybe serious about a conviction merely only because your the one thats charged. In many ways, a defendant 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.

Do I need a defence lawyer for my case?

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees a defendant the right to a lawyer to defend them in a criminal matter. It has also been interpreted as conferring the right on criminal defendants to represent himself or herself in cases against them. No such right exists in a civil lawsuit. If you’re a criminal defendant, charged with a criminal act, you might also be allowed to represent yourself, but you’ll need permission to do so from the judge who is presiding over your case. 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. Typically, you should hire a lawyer to work with you. The consequences of a conviction could be harsh, especially if you’re charged with an indictable offence.

Aggressive and Unyielding

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 LawyerRatingz.com, 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.

Anyone in the city of Toronto who is facing criminal charges should contact our lawyers for a professional and thorough discussion of your charges. We understand the court system and always represent our clients aggressively, including the willingness to take a case to trial. We understand how to prepare and present a strong defence in any legal situation and have a track record of proven success, helping our clients win, receive a reduced charges and avoiding criminal records and licence suspensions. Let us help you advocate for you and defend your legal rights.

What happens after someone is arrested?

An arrest is made when a police officer either has witnessed the suspect committing a crime or has reasonable and probable grounds to believe an offence has been committed. Once arrested, the accused may be released on a promise to appear in court or be taken by the police officer into custody for a bail hearing. The accused will be fingerprinted and photographed. The suspect will be required to answer a series of personal questions and will then be placed in a holding cell. 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.

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

When the suspect is taken into court, the court will inform the judge of the crime they are being charged with, and will ask the suspect to enter a plea. The suspect can either tell the judge that they are 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.

A guilty plea 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 will decide the outcome.

Where after the trial 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 that the judge has no control over.

At the sentencing hearing the judge may want to hear the opinions of the accused’s friends and family, or from the victim(s) of the crime. The judge will then decide a penalty based on sentencing requirements and the evidence provided.

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