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Toronto Criminal Litigation Law Firm

Getting the Best Criminal Defense

Costa Law Firm provides unparalleled expertise in the field of criminal defense litigation. Our criminal lawyers have built a reputation for their skill and determination in defending our clients.
Each member of our team draws from their unique experiences and talents to help our clients achieve a positive outcome. Our creative approach and dedication to our clients has allowed our success to grow significantly throughout the years.

Criminal Lawyers with Experience

Our criminal law team has enjoyed success at many levels of the court system including the Ontario Court of Justice, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and Ontario Court of Appeals. Our team has successfully argued Charter motions, Interlocutory motions, and complex issues such as search and seizures, and warrants at some of the highest courts in the country. Over the years our lawyers have helped shape Charter law and its interpretation. We understand the complexities of criminal litigation, and always stay up to date with the current laws and procedures in order to deliver excellent results.

Criminal Litigation

Criminal law is the body of law that helps regulate social conduct. It addresses the fit punishment for threatening and harmful behaviour, which endangers the health, safety and moral welfare of others. The two main elements of this body of law involve the actus reus – or the prohibited act, and the mens rea – or the guilty mind, also referred to as the intent to do a prohibited act. Some crimes, such as modern regulatory offences, require no more than a prohibited act. These crimes are known as strict liability offences. Other crimes require the proof of mens rea – the intent to commit the act. Further, criminal cases may be prosecuted in different way. Some are prosecuted summarily, others by indictment. There are also offences known as dual or hybrid offences, which could be prosecuted either summarily or by indictment. With so many variables and things to consider in a trial, it is important to obtain the best legal counsel possible. At Costa Law we have some of the most experienced and distinguished criminal lawyers in Toronto who come up with creative, thoughtful, and effective approaches to help our clients achieve the desired result.


    Murder and Robbery

    Murder and Robbery charges will affect many areas of your life such as the future of your relationship with your partner; your living arrangements; employment prospects; child access and support; personal assets; and commitment to counselling upon resolution. Given the seriousness of these issues and their delicate nature, it is important to address them effectively as soon as possible through sound legal advice and expertise.


    Assault charges can take many forms with allegations ranging from the assault of children to friends or even strangers. The circumstances of the offence also vary. The offence could involve harassment, an instance of uttering death threats, or an instance where the other party is physically hurt or maimed. Assaults may also involve weapons or aggravation. Regardless of the type of assault, it can have a serious impact on the accused and must be dealt with as soon as possible.

    Sexual Assault

    Our criminal lawyers have extensive experience defending individuals who have been accused of and charged with sexual assault. Sexual assault matters can involve minors or adults, and can include child pornography, and sexual interference. Regardless of the type of sexual assault, our team will work tirelessly to produce effective results for our clients.

    Drug Offences

    The most serious drug offences include: possession for the purpose of trafficking; importing and exporting; possession for the purpose of exporting drugs listed in Schedule I (i.e. heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine) and in Schedule II (i.e. marijuana); and production. If charged with any of these offences, it is important that you consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Our lawyers have many years of experience in litigating drug offenses, and are familiar with the most recent laws, including the newly introduced Safe Streets and Communities Act which requires mandatory minimum penalties in drug offenses when aggravating factors are present.

    Break and Enter

    Young Offender Matters


    Impaired and Over 80 mgs

    While these two charges are often laid together, legally, they mean different things. Impaired driving means that your ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both. A charge of Over 80 mgs occurs when your blood alcohol concentration exceeds the legal limit, meaning it is 80mg/100ml and above. A charge of Over 80 mgs is almost always laid with a charge of Impaired driving, while a charge of Impaired driving doesn’t necessarily mean your blood alcohol concentration exceeded the legal limit to 80mg/100ml. Regardless of the charge, it is important to act quickly. Our team of experienced criminal lawyers know how to work efficiently and effectively, and have helped many of our clients achieve positive outcomes.

    Theft and Fraud

    Provincial Offences (eg. fire code violations, liquor-related violations)

    Highway Traffic Act Offences

    Some of the most common Highway Traffic Act offences in Ontario involve speeding, turn violations, stop sign violations, careless driving, and disobeying road signs. These charges can not only impact your car insurance premiums through the demerit point system, but also affect your driving record and your means of transportation to and from your place of employment, school or other locations. Our lawyers have dealt with numerous Highway Traffic Act offences and have many years of experience in litigating these matters.

    More specific charges (e.g. wire-tapping and conspiracy)


    Bail Hearings & Bail Reviews

    Charter Challenges

    Preliminary Inquiries

    Expert testimony

    Judicial Pre-Trials

    Jury and Non-Jury Trials

    Challenges for Cause