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Oshawa Criminal Lawyers

Criminal Lawyers for Oshawa & Durham Region Courts


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 >

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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

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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 >

Oshawa Criminal Lawyer & Former Crown Attorney

At Charitsis Law, our team of skilled Oshawa criminal lawyers are committed to winning your case and delivering a successful outcomes.

We understand that facing criminal charges can be overwhelming and we are here to provide you with qualified and experienced criminal lawyers for the Oshawa, the Durham Region, and Toronto Courts.

With a proven track record of success, our criminal defence lawyers have successfully represented over 5,000 criminal cases in the last 20 years and is one of the best-reviewed law offices in Oshawa and throughout Ontario.

Protect your rights, your future and your freedom by choosing Charitsis Law. Contact us today at 416-731-7113 (24 hours) for a free consultation.

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Oshawa Criminal Lawyers


When you’re facing criminal charges in Durham Region, you need an experienced criminal lawyer with a proven record of winning trials.

When it comes to the Oshawa courts our lawyers have years of experience Oshawa Superior Court, Oshawa Court of Justice, and the Provincial Offences court in Whitby.

As top-tier defence lawyers, we treat each client with respect and dedication, we charge a reasonable fee based on our commitment to high level of service and history of winning trials. Our criminal law office has received top rankings and reviews from Google,, the Better Business Bureau, and we’re one of the best reviewed law offices in Ontario.

As Oshawa criminal lawyers we pride ourselves on understanding the workings of Oshawa Courthouse, the law, and justice system in Oshawa. We’re committed to doing everything possible to win your case.

While past results do not guarantee future outcomes, our Oshawa criminal lawyers are not just a single lawyer but a team of criminal defence lawyers working together to win your case, and it works! As well as defence & trial lawyers our staff includes experts such as medical professionals, paralegals, and retired police officers, all who contribute to building the strongest possible defence for you.

Oshawa Criminal Lawyer

As Oshawa criminal lawyers we pride ourselves on understanding the workings of Oshawa Courthouse, the law, and justice system in Oshawa. We’re committed to doing everything possible to win your case.

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Criminal Defence for the Oshawa & Area Courts

Oshawa Criminal Lawyers

As Oshawa criminal lawyers, Charitsis Law works as a team of experienced and senior defence lawyers. We work to tireless defend our clients with hundreds of wins and positive reviews from people just like you.  Here’s what sets us apart:

Legal items of an Oshawa Criminal Lawyer
  • Experience: Experience counts in criminal defence, and especially at the Oshawa courts. With years of legal practice, we understand the Oshawa legal system, courts and the tactics needed to achieve winning outcomes. As senior lawyers with years of experience our team takes great pride in our ability to provide top-quality legal representation, with a winning defence strategy.
  • Communication: Not only is it important that we communicate with you, but it’s important that a lawyer be able to effectively speak, argue and present your defence to the court. Clear and persuasive communication is key to achieving successful outcomes for our clients. Not only as leading criminal lawyers in the Oshawa area with clients, but with the court system, prosecution and judges.
  • Trustworthiness: Reputations are important, and there built on values, services and treating all persons with compassion and respect. We are committed to earning your trust by providing honest, ethical legal representation that always puts your best interests first. We’ll always ensure your goals and expectations are respected.

Don’t take chances with your future – Call today, there is no fee to discuss your case with a lawyer from our office.

Service Oriented Law Firm

Oshawa criminal lawyers working to provide successful and positive outcomes in criminal defence. We defend your rights, character and work to protect your future. Ninety nine (99) percent of the cases we’ve handled at the Oshawa courthouses have ended with a positive outcome. Our goal as Oshawa criminal lawyers is to have your charge(s) dismissed, and dropped with no criminal record or licence suspensions.

Oshawa Criminal Lawyers

As criminal defence lawyers we firmly believe that when you’re arrested – you need immediate legal counsel. That’s why we always have a Oshawa lawyer available to help you 24/7. In addition, there are two (2) criminal defence lawyers assigned to each case ensuring that there is always someone available, to handle any concerns you may have.

Successful Track Record

We pride ourselves on professional aggressive defence and successful track record as Oshawa Criminal Lawyers – our goal is to win your case and to avoid criminal records, suspensions and even jail. Our commitment to our clients 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.

As defence lawyers we thoroughly investigate all legal evidence against our clients and prepare each case for trial.

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Why You Need a Criminal Lawyer

Protect your licence, livelihood and employment…

You have much to lose, speak to a lawyer today. Discuss your case and learn how our Oshawa criminal lawyers can help you.

Protection of Your Legal Rights

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ensures that persons charged with a criminal offence have the right to legal representation. This include the option for the accused to represent themselves in court but only where the judge has given their permission.

Experienced Criminal Defence

At the Oshawa courts, experience counts. Our 20 years+ of criminal court experience ensures your expertly defended by an experienced lawyer in the Oshawa criminal justice system. Our knowledge guarantees our clients achieve favorable outcomes with higher success rates.

Communication & Negotiations

Not every case goes to trial. Trial advocacy, pre-trial hearings and discussions with the Crown Attorney. Where we can get your charge dropped/withdrawn without going to trial, we’re going to work on it.   As great communicators, we’ll keep you up to date on your case and pre-trial discussions in and out of court.

Winning Team Approach

We’re not one lawyer you’re putting your faith in, but a whole law office with a team of seasoned experience defence lawyers and support staff. We have years of experience defending criminal charges in the Oshawa & GTA courts.  Put your defence and faith in the law office with hundreds of positive reviews.

Evidence Review

In criminal prosecutions the Crown Attorney has to prove the essential elements of the charge.  As your defence lawyers we’ll scrutinize all of the evidence for errors, discrepancies and legal defences.  We’ll find the weaknesses in the crown’s case, challenge the admissibility of evidence and show you the defences to your charge.


In a criminal trial or in discussions with the Crown Attorney, it can be difficult to make decisions that can have lifelong effects.  A criminal lawyer can give an objective perspective and help you to make informed decisions, that are in your best interests.

Criminal Law Practice Areas

Oshawa Criminal Defence for all Charges Including:

  • Arson

    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.

  • Impaired Driving

    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.

Legal Fees – Costs to Defend Your Future

Facing a criminal charge is a serious matter with potentially life-changing consequences.

It’s not the time to look for bargains, affordable or persons just getting their start.  Your driver’s license, livelihood, and family are at stake. You need/want the best lawyer for Oshawa and the GTA.

As experienced Oshawa criminal lawyers, we’re committed to providing high quality representation. We’ll handle every aspect of your case, including speaking with the Crown Attorney, court dates, legal arguments and defences including trials.

Don’t take our word for it, though – read our hundreds of positive client reviews on Google, Better Business Bureau, and before choosing us for your defence team.

Oshawa Criminal Lawyers – FAQs

Q: What’s the experience level of your Oshawa criminal lawyers?

A: Our team of senior criminal lawyers are highly qualified professionals with years of expertise in criminal law. We profile our lawyers their education and experience here. As with most of our defence lawyers, Mr. Charitsis is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree (with distinction) from the Schulich School of Business at York University, graduating in the top 5% of his class.

We also believe and welcome you to search google to read the hundreds of successful, winning and 5 star reviews for our Oshawa Criminal Lawyers.

Q: How long will it take for my case to come to court at the Oshawa Courthouse ?
A: The duration of a criminal case in Oshawa can vary depending on factors such as case complexity, court availability, and the specific legal procedures involved.  Give us a call and we can give you an opinion on how long your case may take in Oshawa.

Q: Can an Oshawa criminal lawyer help me avoid going to trial?
A: Yes, Oshawa criminal lawyers strive to resolve cases without going to trial whenever possible. Initially we’re looking at your case for a error, mistake or legal argument that we can bring before the Oshawa Crown Attorney to have your charge withdrawn.  During pre-trial discussions with the crown, we’ll look to see if there is a reduced charge available like, Dui driving down to Careless Driving, a traffic ticket, with no criminal record. We will discuss with you: negotiate plea bargains, explore alternative resolutions, and work towards minimizing the impact on your life.

Q: What is the cost of hiring an Oshawa criminal lawyer, and are payment plans available?
A: Yes, were you decide to retain our services, you pay a deposit, and then you can make payments along the way. The cost of a lawyer depends upon the complexity of the case and does it get resolved right away (meaning a lower fee) or is the case going to trial, and then how many days of trial.  As always there is no cost, fee or obligation just to give a call and speak to a lawyer with experience at the Oshawa criminal courts.

Q: How can I find the best Oshawa criminal lawyer for my case?
A: Researching online directories, reading client reviews, and seeking recommendations from trusted sources can help you find the best Oshawa criminal lawyers. Consultations can also give you an opportunity to assess their suitability for your case.

Q. How can I contact the Oshawa court or Crown Attorney?
A: Where you have one of our Oshawa criminal lawyers assisting you, we’ll contact the courts and speak to the crown on your behalf. Where you need to call the courts or have a Zoom meeting, here is the information that can help you:

  • Oshawa ZOOM Court Details
    • Courtroom #108 – Oshawa Adult Court Link
    • Zoom:  Meeting ID: 696 9831 4908  Passcode: 813499
  • Oshawa Youth Court
    • Courtroom #101 – Oshawa Youth Court Link
    • Zoom:  Meeting ID: 633 4503 1777  Passcode: 115742
  • Oshawa Court Address
    • 150 Bond Street East,
    • Oshawa, Ontario L1G 5L9
  • Provincial Crown
  • Oshawa courthouse

Oshawa Defence Lawyers – Our Philosophy

As Oshawa criminal lawyers we care about the number of cases we take each month. Our goal is to provide superior criminal defence to our clients in Oshawa. Our objective is to provide an impeccable legal defence and to win your case. Our reputation is why many of our clients refer us to their friends and family members.

Risk Free Consultation

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

During this meeting with the lawyer, we can answer any questions you may have, for example, what are the criminal penalties for the charge, what do police have to prove, and how can we fight the allegation. When discussing your criminal defence, this means either looking at getting the case dismissed, or reduced to avoid penalties like a criminal recordlicence suspensions and even jail. We believe that once you discuss your defence with us, you will see how Charitsis Law is the Oshawa criminal lawyers for your defence.

What does a criminal lawyer do?

Criminal cases are built on evidence that must meet the standard of reasonable doubt. As criminal lawyers at the Oshawa court we can evaluate the evidence for legal applications, evidence by the police, and legal arguments. Arresting officers must follow arrest protocols and the rules of evidence in a criminal investigation. And, many times over-zealous police officers and prosecutors will prosecute an innocent individual. As defence lawyers we contest all inadmissible evidence and move to have any immaterial case facts dismissed.

Defending Cases In Oshawa Court

When you retain our office for a Oshawa criminal lawyer, we’ll cross-examine and question the statements of the officer. We work on what was the motivation for the arrest when it obvious that charges are based on evidence that maybe weak or borderline. Having an Oshawa defence lawyer who is willing to take a case to complete trial can be important. As a criminal defendant never plead guilty to a criminal accusation when you are innocent, as criminal records can have a major impact on your life going forward, including denial for government benefits, employment, public housing and immigration.

Criminal Lawyers are an Investment in Your Future

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. Without an advocate or defence lawyer at your side the prosecution must only observe the minimal basic legal rights of the defendant and they are serious about a conviction merely because of the fact that you’re there. In many ways, an un-represented criminal defendant must actually prove their innocence, instead of the court proving the guilt of the accused or defendant. Remember, even when criminal charges are generally sound, a reduced charge can often be achieved with good legal counsel.

Do I need an Oshawa defence lawyer for my case?

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees a defendant, the person accused the right to a defence lawyer to defend themselves in a criminal case.

It has also been interpreted as meaning that the accused has the right on criminal defendants to represent himself or herself. No such right exists in a civil lawsuit. If you’re a criminal defendant at the Oshawa Criminal Court, 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 as lawyers who appear in the Oshawa courts it is not recommended. Typically, you should always hire a defence lawyer to work with you. The consequences of a conviction and criminal record could be harsh, especially if you’re charged with an indictable offence.

Experienced Litigators

Our Oshawa criminal lawyers have all been recognized 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 Oshawa criminal solicitors 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.

Oshawa Criminal Court

Anyone in Oshawa who is facing criminal charges should contact our lawyers for a professional and thorough discussion of your charges. We understand the how the Oshawa courthouse operates, the “players involved” and we always represent our clients to the full extent of the law, 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 reduced charges and avoiding criminal records and licence suspensions. Let us be your criminal defence team to defend your rights and future.

What happens after someone is arrested in Oshawa?

Durham Region arrests are made when a police officer either has witnessed 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 at the Oshawa court. 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 accused will be given a court hearing within 48 hours of being placed in custody. The suspect will be allowed to meet with their lawyer before the bail hearing takes place.

When the accused is taken to the courthouse, the court will inform the judge of the crime they are being charged with, and will ask the accused to enter a plea. The accused can either tell the judge that they are guilty or not guilty. Accused persons should get legal advice from 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.

At the Oshawa courthouse most criminal proceedings appear before a provincial court judge, without a jury and the judge will decide the outcome.

If after the trial the accused is found not guilty, they will be allowed to go free. Where 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 listens 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 at the Oshawa court 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.

Oshawa Criminal Court

Oshawa court address:

150 Bond Street East,
Oshawa, Ontario
L1G 5L9, Canada


The Oshawa criminal court is located on Bond St in Oshawa.  Bond St is a one-way street traveling westbound.  If you’re coming from out of town, the best route is get off the 401 at Ritson Road, north to Bond St and make a left turn.  The court is 3 blocks over on the north side.

Street parking is available and at the rear of the courthouse.

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