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Criminal Lawyers in Toronto & GTA

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Driving Under Influence

Driving Under Influence

We can effectively deal even with the most difficult situation. Let our expertise help you win your case!

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Theft &

Theft &

Accused of fraud? Contact us today to discuss your defence options!

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Drug trafficking or possession charges? We can help!

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Assault Lawyers

Assault Lawyers

Do not let assault charges ruin your life. Contact Jeff Mass and his team today to discuss your defence strategy!

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Whether you were accused of careless or stunt driving or failure to remain offence, our team can help you beat your charges!

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Philip Mota is an absolutely incredible lawyer, extremely knowledgeable, hard working, compassionate, and takes the time to listen to you and fight for you as if you were family. Thank you Mr. Mota for everything you have done and for giving me a second chance. 5/5.

Mark S., Toronto

I would like to express my gratitude for your services. The way you presented your arguments and defended against cop’s attacks in court was really impressive. I hope I will never have to be in the same situation again but if do I will know who to call!

Kalinja, Etobicoke

We reached out to Jeff Mass after a negative experience with another law firm and the difference was like night and day. We were impressed by Jeff and his team on how effective he was in getting us results that we did not think were possible. Jeff's approach as very professional and non judgemental which we really appreciated. Highly recommend using Mass Tsang!!!


Jeff - words cannot express how your service saved my life and put me back on track to where I was before. Everyone makes mistakes and mine was no exception. The support was amazing and he was a HUGE help in all the steps of the process. They truly did care. Thanks to Jeff Mass and his team my life is normal. Give Mass Tsang a good honest try, they are capable, understanding and they will help you get through the most difficult time! There is light at the end of the tunnel, call Mass Tsang to get you there!

Ms. T., Toronto

I want to thank you for all your hard work, expertise and genuine care in handling my case. From the first day I walked into your offices until my last day in court I felt like I was being defended by a competent and caring staff. It’s difficult to express how happy I am with Judge’s verdict of “not guilty”, but if I had to say it on one word I’m grateful. You not only saved me from a criminal record and fines and the loss of my license, but you gave me back my normal life again. I thank you for that!

Peter G., Toronto

Very professional and knowledgeable firm. Completely satisfied with an outcome. Would highly recommend Mass Tsang LLP to anybody in need of a counsel. Special thanks to Jeff and May.

Leon, Toronto

A big thank you to you and Heather Spence for my son Paul’s favourable outcome the other day. It is a great relief to know that there are competent people in your corner when the chips are down. Keep up the good work.

P.V., Toronto

I wanted to thank you for getting my cases resolved. It was a really tough situation but you handled it perfectly and got me free. We are very happy that we chose you as our lawyer. Me and my whole family thank you a lot!

Kumar, Toronto

I would like to thank you for assigning my case to James. He was professional, confident and prepared. His knowledge, compassion and organization made me feel confident that I chose the right law firm to represent me. I would recommend Mass and Tsang as well as James to anyone needing legal help. James made this difficult process easy and successful for me, putting my needs first. Thank very much for the A+ service. Thank you


I could not have been more pleased with the way everything was handled, I am so glad that I had May to fight my case for me. Now I can finally put this in the past thank you May!

Brooke, Toronto

I never expected I’d need a criminal defense lawyer, so when the time came that I did, I was overwhelmed by the situation and the number of options out there. I decided on Mass Tsang after meeting with Jeff in person. He was friendly, knowledgeable, fair, honest and compassionate. He and James both made this very difficult process a little easier, and while I don’t plan on needing their services again, I would highly recommend them to anyone who does.


I would like to personally thank you for assisting me through the challenging circumstances I recently faced and for representing me. You and your entire Team/Office ( with special thanks to James and Alexei as well ), were outstanding as far as representing me to the point that you were always concerned for me, following up with me and guiding me through to the end. I felt I was in very good hands, and clearly I was! Thank you for the most recent success, and I am glad you were on my side!


Phill Mota is an excellent lawyer and I would like to thank him for getting my drinking and driving charges withdrawn. I was driving home from a bar, I wasn't terribly over the limit, but it was late and I was tired. I fell asleep behind the wheel, flipped my car, and completely wrote if off. It was not a good situation. I was charged with impaired and over 80 mg. However, after Phill cross-examined most of the witnesses on the first day of trial, he made it apparent that the arresting officer violated my charter rights.He also casted enough doubt that I was impaired. The crown attorney subsequently withdrew my criminal charges before we finished the trial. Thanks again Phil!!


I would like to thank my lawyer Phil Mota for getting me out of a tough spot. I was facing my second DUI charge which meant, at minimum, I would be going to jail if I lost. Not to mention the hefty 3 year minimum license suspension which would make me lose my job. My case was not a winner. However, Phil took over my case and noticed there might have been enough delay in the proceedings which arguably violates my another right to a speedy trial. Phil filed the application to get the case thrown out, and he was able to use this as leverage to work out a deal. In the end, all I got was a careless driving ticket. The criminal charges were withdrawn. No jail, no 3 years suspension, no conviction. Thank you, Phil for caring about my case and doing everything possible for me.


Going through a criminal process is really scary and your lawyer needs to more than just your representative in court. Your lawyer is your rock, your advisor, your confidant, salvation and even therapist at times, so you had better choose wisely! I certainly did. My lawyer, Jeff Mass of Mass-Tang took a terrifying process, broke it down for me into a simple to understand steps, laid out my options clearly and took the fear of the unknown away, replacing it with confidence in him. He held my hand every step and was an incredible negotiator and delegate in court and in dealing with police services. Jeff is sharp, there when you need him to be, efficient, thorough, passionate about what he does and a best-of-breed litigator.

Tommy D.

i just have to say the moment i walked into mass tsang it was nothing but professionalism. I was facing very serious charges that could potentially have giving me jail time if i was convicted. Every step of the way they guided me through the best course of actions and eventually i got my charges withdrawn with a peace bond. i can not thank them enough for what they did for me. I highly recommend using them if you need professional and thorough representation.

Chris P.

Phil Mota is an excellent lawyer and I'd like to thank him for winning my trial. He really cared about my case and took the time to guide me through everything. I would strongly recommend him and his firm. Very professional.

V. Rocha

I can't thank Phil Mota enough for winning my trial. I had a lot on the line and he did an amazing job. I still can't believe we won. Thanks again to Phil and the firm.

M. S.

Phil Mota is the best! I was facing a charge of cocaine possession which I was very concerned about for many reasons. However, Phil got the crown to agree to withdraw my charge. Thank you for giving me a second chance.

Z. E

I can't thank Phil Mota enough for winning my trial. I had a lot on the line and he did an amazing job. I still can't believe we won. Thanks again to Phil and the firm.

M. S.

I'd like to thank Phill Mota for winning my trial! I thought I had a hopeless case but Phill did an excellent job preparing and executing my defence. Phill is an amazing lawyer and I would recommend him and the firm to anyone!

A. O.

Thank you Phillip Mota for everything, you've done for me from the start. You are a smart and honest person and I really appreciate that. We did it!

A. D.

This is a review for my lawyer Phillip Mota. Phil is a great guy, he was very professional, and I could tell that he really cared about my case. I was facing a tough trial but we won it. Thanks a lot.

Dom. C.

I'd like to give a long thank you to my lawyer Phillip Mota. I was facing very serious allegations where the stakes were really high. My experience with the firm was very professional. Phill is a smart and passionate lawyer. He fought hard for me and won my trial. Thanks again for the best possible result.

Al. E.

I really appreciate the way Phillip Mota handled my case. He is an intelligent, honest lawyer who really cares about his job. He really took the time to explain and prepare my case. He did an amazing job in court. The crown withdrew my charges half way into the trial. Thank you for everything!

M. F.

Phil Mota is an excellent lawyer and he really cared about my case. I could tell how passionate he was every step of the way! Thanks to him I came up against a tough case and got acquitted.


Toronto Criminal Lawyers

Being charged with a criminal offence is a life-altering event, and a subsequent conviction can potentially compromise career prospects and/or put other limitations on the quality of your life. Criminal charges can result in severe and harsh penalties including fines, restitution, probation, and even incarceration in prison. Not only does a criminal conviction tarnish your reputation, but it can also adversely affect your job, future employment opportunities, immigration status, family relationships, and ability to travel to other countries, such as the U.S.
This makes choosing the right criminal lawyer in Toronto essential to your ability to defend yourself from charges and mitigate the impacts to your life. Criminal law is highly complex with detailed elements within it that can either work to your advantage or work against you. Attempting to mount a criminal defence on your own without having an in-depth knowledge of how the law works and a criminal lawyer who represents you could cause negative impacts to the outcome of your case and lead to a life-altering conviction.
Just because one is charged with a criminal offence does not mean that one is a “criminal.” However, the Criminal Code is such that Toronto-area residents sometimes unwittingly participate in criminal activity without fully understanding that they are doing something illegal. Many people charged with a criminal offence have never had any intention of breaking the law or did not realize that what they were doing was considered “criminal” under the Criminal Code. That is why hiring seasoned criminal lawyers is essential when you are in trouble.

Navigating the New Toronto-Area
Criminal Court Paradigm

Criminal law is complicated enough on its right, but the COVID-19 global pandemic has completely upended normal operations of Ontario’s justice system. This has resulted in widescale adjournment of proceedings, an enormous case backlog, confused scheduling, paperless filing, virtual court hearings and case management, and numerous other disruptions to standard criminal case procedures. While one Toronto-area newspaper recently noted that “Toronto courts [are] a ‘confusing mess,’” this sentiment is certainly applicable to the entire province.

The Ontario Court of Justice has been incrementally opening some courthouses and courtrooms, but the partial resumption of some in-person criminal trials and preliminary inquiries is not easing the complexity of navigating the COVID-19 era criminal justice system. The incremental opening itself has proven confusing, as some courts scheduled for in-person opening subsequently announced new delays, while others are just ramping up virtual case management appearances. Many of those charged prior to or in the early days of the pandemic remain in a semi-state of legal limbo while they await the filling of the court case backlog and/or navigate new procedures for moving their cases forward. Meanwhile, those more recently charged with a criminal offence face new COVID-19- related procedures that generally complicate an already complex process.

COVID-19-Related Criminal
Case Procedural Considerations

The extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent Ontario court system response, has impacted all elements of criminal case management can be found by reviewing the extensive number of measures implemented by the Ontario Court of Justice to manage the ongoing disposition of criminal trials. If you’re facing criminal charges in Ontario, your case could be impacted by any number of COVID-19-related protocols and policies, including those involving:

  • Bail proceedings
  • Enhanced designation of counsel
  • Release conditions
  • COVID-19 trial readiness courts
  • Adjournments
  • Extension of legal deadlines
  • Virtual case management
  • Self-isolation guidelines
  • Judicial pre-trials
  • Paperless filings
  • Remote hearings
  • Waiver of personal attendance
  • Remote trial date setting
  • And many more.

Thus, not only do those charged with a criminal offence in Toronto and Ontario need a competent criminal defence lawyer to help them mount a successful defence against the charge(s), but also to help them navigate through the new COVID-19-related procedures. And with the courts in such disarray these procedures are constantly being revised and updated. Efficient criminal lawyers keep abreast of all the latest updates to ensure that their clients follow the procedures as legally mandated and are poised to take advantage of any COVID-19 policies that may serve to benefit the client. This could include anything from filing an electronic petition to amend release conditions to seeking favorable case resolution through judicial pre-trials.

In fact, the new COVID-19 procedures offer a number of defence avenues that could prove beneficial for the ultimate outcome of a case. For example, in light of the massive COVID-19-related criminal case backlog, Ontario prosecutors and judges have been quietly diverting more drug possession and impaired driving (yes, impaired driving is a criminal offence) cases from the criminal courts by dismissing them or allowing defendants to plea down to lesser, non-criminal charges. In the face of the backlog, prosecutors are being encouraged to direct their energies on criminal cases that involve the biggest threats to public safety. This provides new avenues for defence lawyers to help their clients successfully resolve their criminal cases without having to defend them in a lengthy trial.

The COVID-19 protocols and court system response also enhance opportunities for criminal lawyers to mount effective defences based upon Charter Rights issues. For example, repeated adjournments and scheduling delays by the Crown could impair a defendant’s Charter Right to a speedy trial. Other Charter Rights issues may arise due to other defendant limitations caused by COVID-19 and/or the court’s response.

In short, in today’s new court system paradigm, those charged with a criminal offence need a lawyer to both help mount a viable defence strategy and to navigate the constantly evolving COVID-19-related court system procedures and protocols.

Let the Lawyers at Mass Tsang Help You Navigate Through the Confused Ontario Court System

The challenges of mounting an effective defence strategy to fight criminal charges in the Ontario Court system are compounded by all of procedural changes caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. You don’t want to face these challenges alone!

The highly experienced Toronto-area lawyers at Mass Tsang are intimately familiar with all operations and nuances of the Ontario Court system and have been diligently tracking and responding to all of the new procedures enacted by the courts. No matter what the criminal charge, you can be assured that your Mass Tsang legal team will guide you through the now more-confusing-than-ever process as smoothly as possible, while also striving to ensure that the new court-system paradigm works in your best interest whenever possible. To learn more about our criminal defence strategies and our response to the ever-changing court system procedures in the GTA, contact our Toronto area offices today at 416-781-1148.

Toronto Lawyers Skilled
in All Elements of Criminal Law

The dedicated team of lawyers, paralegals and other support staff at Mass Tsang LLP have successfully helped thousands of Toronto-area residents mount an effective defence against the full slate of criminal charges. With specialized experience defending against DUI, drug, assault, and theft and fraud charges, our Toronto lawyers have established a stellar reputation in the Ontario legal field, earning respect from our clients, as well as prosecutors and judges. When you retain Mass Tsang for your criminal defence, you can be assured that every element of your case will be closely examined in our efforts to produce the most favorable resolution of the charges possible


With one of the highest success rates in the Toronto area, our lawyers have handled thousands of DUI cases and are highly adept at challenging technical and procedural elements supporting the charges, as well as in ensuring the protection of every defendant’s Charter Rights. To learn more check out our Toronto DUI Lawyers page.


Whether trafficking, producing, possessing, and/or importing/ exporting, your Toronto-area lawyers at Mass Tsang examine every element of each drug case to strategize the most effective defences and arguments to successfully defend against the charges. More information about our drug defence strategy can be found on our Drug Trafficking Lawyers in Toronto and GTA page.


No matter what type of assault charges you might be facing in the Toronto area, our lawyers are highly skilled at helping clients eliminate or reduce potential penalties through acquittals, dropped or reduced charges, and negotiated settlements. To learn more about how the lawyers at Mass Tsang can help you strategize a defence and navigate the complexities of assault law, check out our Domestic and Sexual Assault Lawyers page.

Theft & Fraud

We have more than 30 years of experience defending clients from theft and fraud cases and fully understand how important it is to defend against such charges to preserve one’s reputation and avoid severe, life-changing penalties. While our lawyers always strive to prove a client’s innocence, our dynamic defence strategy allows for negotiated results that could lead to dropped or reduced charges, or otherwise resolve them in a positive manner that avoids a criminal record and excessive penalties. More details can be found on our Theft and Fraud Lawyers in Toronto and GTA page.

To Help Mount Your Criminal Defence,
Contact Mass Tsang Today

Whatever criminal offence you’ve been charged with in the greater Toronto area, you cannot afford to go against the Ontario court system alone. You need the skills of a highly experienced and competent legal team, such as those working at the law offices of Mass Tsang LLP, to help you mount a solid defence. With more than 30 years of experience, we have successfully defended thousands of Toronto-area residents from DUI, drug, assault, and theft and fraud charges. Our dedicated lawyers, paralegals and support staff are driven by results, and thus analyze every component of each case in order to strategize the most effective defence possible. To secure the best criminal defence in the GTA, contact our Toronto area offices today at 416-781-1148.


Jeff Mass
Criminal Lawyer
Robbie Tsang
Criminal Lawyer
Heather Spence
Criminal Lawyer
Brian Brody
Criminal Lawyer
Alexei Zaitsev
Criminal Lawyer