Toronto Criminal Litigation Law Firm

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.

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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.

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.

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Criminal Charges

Murder & 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.

Assaults

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.

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.

Murder & 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.

Assaults

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.

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.

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Young Offender Matters

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Mischiefs

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

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

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Young Offender Matters

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Mischiefs

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

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Criminal Procedures

Charter Challenges

Charter Challenges are very complex and their success rates are very low. A lawyer understands the procedure, the burden and standard of proof, and what it takes to emerge victorious.

Preliminary Inquiries

You should be prepared well for a preliminary inquiry since this is where the weight of the Crown’s case is determined and there is a likelihood of acquittal before trial.

Expert Testimony

Expert testimony can make or break your case. You should consider hiring a lawyer to examine and cross-examine your witnesses and prosecution witnesses to make your story more believable.

Judicial Pre-Trials

Hire a lawyer for your judicial pretrial, since this is where important matters on how the trial will proceed will be discussed. This is also an opportunity for plea negotiations.

Jury & Non-Jury Trials

You could have your case heard by a jury or a judge. The choice should be based on the particular circumstances of your case. Hire a lawyer to help you choose.

Challenges For Cause

Not all jurors are impartial. Make a challenge for cause if you feel the juror may be prejudiced against you. The judge will determine if the challenge has merit.

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Don’t languish in jail before your trial or hearing. Bail hearing is a constitutional right. If your bail is denied for some reason, you have the right to bail review.

Break & Enter crimes often attract hefty fines and putting up a good defence is necessary. The circumstances leading to the break & enter have an impact in the trial.

To fight extradition, argue in court that the Minister of Justice hasn’t proven extraditable conduct. You should also use all available legal loopholes. The law allows you to get bail.

Domestic assault convictions lead to a tag that is difficult to shake. Fight false accusations, poke holes at the evidence, and present the court with the circumstances leading to the assault.

When charged under the highway traffic act, fines are an admission of guilt. Consider trial or attending a resolution meeting. Make it difficult for the prosecution to prove the offense.

Fraud penalties are very hefty. Put up a spirited defense by raising reasonable doubt on the evidence and arguing that there was no real risk of losing something of value.

A pardon gives you a second chance. If you are eligible, do not shy away from applying. However, note there is a lot of paperwork that you have to fill.

If you are charged with DUI (driving under the influence), you should fight the charges vigorously to avoid higher insurance rates, license suspension and other MOT penalties, and jail time.

Weapons offences attract hefty fines. Fight hard by proving you had lawful reasons to have the weapon or by proving the authorities did an illegal search to get the weapon.

Fight against sexual assault charges by bringing out the complainant’s past sexual history, by getting the complainant’s medical records to show there was no rape, & by countering evidence adduced.

Don’t languish in jail before your trial or hearing. Bail hearing is a constitutional right. If your bail is denied for some reason, you have the right to bail review.

Break & Enter crimes often attract hefty fines and putting up a good defence is necessary. The circumstances leading to the break & enter have an impact in the trial.

To fight extradition, argue in court that the Minister of Justice hasn’t proven extraditable conduct. You should also use all available legal loopholes. The law allows you to get bail.

Domestic assault convictions lead to a tag that is difficult to shake. Fight false accusations, poke holes at the evidence, and present the court with the circumstances leading to the assault.

When charged under the highway traffic act, fines are an admission of guilt. Consider trial or attending a resolution meeting. Make it difficult for the prosecution to prove the offense.

Fraud penalties are very hefty. Put up a spirited defense by raising reasonable doubt on the evidence and arguing that there was no real risk of losing something of value.

A pardon gives you a second chance. If you are eligible, do not shy away from applying. However, note there is a lot of paperwork that you have to fill.

If you are charged with DUI (driving under the influence), you should fight the charges vigorously to avoid higher insurance rates, license suspension and other MOT penalties, and jail time.

Weapons offences attract hefty fines. Fight hard by proving you had lawful reasons to have the weapon or by proving the authorities did an illegal search to get the weapon.

Fight against sexual assault charges by bringing out the complainant’s past sexual history, by getting the complainant’s medical records to show there was no rape, & by countering evidence adduced.

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Bail Hearings & Bail Reviews

Don’t languish in jail before your trial or hearing. Bail hearing is a constitutional right. If your bail is denied for some reason, you have the right to bail review.

Break & Enter

Break & Enter crimes often attract hefty fines and putting up a good defence is necessary. The circumstances leading to the break & enter have an impact in the trial.

Extradition

To fight extradition, argue in court that the Minister of Justice hasn’t proven extraditable conduct. You should also use all available legal loopholes. The law allows you to get bail.

Domestic Assault Lawyer

Domestic assault convictions lead to a tag that is difficult to shake. Fight false accusations, poke holes at the evidence, and present the court with the circumstances leading to the assault.

Highway Traffic Act Offences

When charged under the highway traffic act, fines are an admission of guilt. Consider trial or attending a resolution meeting. Make it difficult for the prosecution to prove the offense.

Fraud

Fraud penalties are very hefty. Put up a spirited defense by raising reasonable doubt on the evidence and arguing that there was no real risk of losing something of value.

Pardons

A pardon gives you a second chance. If you are eligible, do not shy away from applying. However, note there is a lot of paperwork that you have to fill.

Impaired Driving (DUI)

If you are charged with DUI (driving under the influence), you should fight the charges vigorously to avoid higher insurance rates, license suspension and other MOT penalties, and jail time.

Weapons Offences

Weapons offences attract hefty fines. Fight hard by proving you had lawful reasons to have the weapon or by proving the authorities did an illegal search to get the weapon.

Sexual Assault

Fight against sexual assault charges by bringing out the complainant’s past sexual history, by getting the complainant’s medical records to show there was no rape, & by countering evidence adduced.

Testimonials

What our clients are saying.

If I could give David Costa more than 5 stars I would. The moment that I called him in 2015, I knew right away that he was the right person to represent my son. He gave my son a list of things to do to help his case. David replied to every email that I sent to him and answered all my questions no matter how many times I asked the same questions. He even talked to my son when he thought my son was not doing enough to get the best possible outcome. We are pleased with the outcome of the case. Excellent lawyer! Highly recommended! Definitely Toronto’s Top Lawyer!
Rusty Moore
Rusty Moore
15:55 16 Jan 19
David Costa was my brother’s defense lawyer on a first degree murder charge. I called the lawyer the moment my brother was arrested. There was absolutely no physical evidence against my brother. There were alibi witnesses and coroner evidence that he could not have killed the victim. And Mr. Costa did everything we asked him to do as our lawyer. He called the alibi witnesses, he made sure all evidences are preserved, he hired a PI and did an investigation of his own. He did everything he could to save my brother from jail. Our whole family is grateful to David Costa for his knowledge, experience, support and strong motivation. David is a very good man.
Jeffrey Wen
Jeffrey Wen
02:34 27 Nov 18
The charges I had were dismissed, however along the way I spoke to a couple lawyers. I stuck with David because I could tell he had a level of knowledge others didn’t. He also was always very quick to get back to me. If I ever need a lawyer in the future it will be David for sure and I also recommend him to anyone needing legal assistance.
James Obryant
James Obryant
17:02 15 Jan 19
The best adoption lawyer in Toronto! David Costa walked us through everything, and was with us every second on the big day! We did not have many face to face meetings, as he communicates very well via email. This is definitely a lawyer who takes his time to do it correctly. We honestly can’t thank him enough!
Ruth Bowen
Ruth Bowen
02:34 13 Jan 19
Mr. Costa is a great lawyer. He is a professional who always answered my calls/emails promptly and kept me informed on the latest information regarding my case. I am happy with the outcome and I recommend him to anyone who needs a defense lawyer.
Frank Elliott
Frank Elliott
06:28 13 Jan 19
From my experience, as a client and referring clients to Costa Law Firm keeps satisfying me and referred family, friends, and business contacts. They are easy to reach, easy to talk to, and make what can be a complex legal system very manageable .
Benji Teixeira
Benji Teixeira
17:41 09 Apr 19