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Impaired driving charges in Scarborough

  • June 3, 2013

According to the Ontario MOT,  impaired driving continues to be one of Ontario’s most significant road safety issues. Stats claim that  in the past 10 years, some 2,000 lives have been lost and around 50,000 people have sustained significant injuries in collisions involving a driver who’s ability to drive was impaired by alcohol or drugs.

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What To Do When You Are a Student Facing Kingston Shoplifting Charges

  • May 24, 2013

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Kingston shoplifting charges? Read up.

One of the qualities that defines the city of Kingston is its large student presence. As the city is home to Queens University, as well as St. Lawrence College and the Royal Military College, the student population in Kingston is very significant.

 Students are a group that may be vulnerable to shoplifting charges. They are largely already stereotyped by various business owners-for example, many shops in Kingston post signs limiting the number of students that can be present in the store at any one time, presupposing that they are likely to pose a threat to their business. Police may be more likely to overcharge students, as they may be stereotyped as being more prone to delinquent behaviour such as shoplifting, simply due to their young age. Students are also a group that is largely uninformed about their legal rights, and may be unaware of how to deal with a shoplifting charge. We have outlined some of the most important things that you need to know if you are a student who is facing shoplifting charges in the City of Kingston. 

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Guide To Criminal Charges in the Kingston Court System

  • March 21, 2013
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If you have a legal matter in Kingston, Ontario, it is crucial that you know the details of the venue in which your matter is being heard. It is also very beneficial for you to have an idea of what to expect when you arrive at court to deal with your case. The criminal law firm of Aitken Robertson has tremendous experience and familiarity with the Kingston court system, and can assist you every step of the way. Aitken Robertson’s professional legal team is happy to help ease the burden of navigating the judicial system, by providing the following useful information about Kingston’s various courthouses.

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Penalties for Driving While Impaired by Drugs in Ontario

  • January 20, 2013

If you are convicted of driving while impaired by drugs in Ontario, you are NOT eligible for Stream A or B of new Ignition Interlock Program. It is important that if you plead guilty it is to alcohol, and not to drugs, or drugs and alcohol.

Approximately one in four people in Canada are prescribed some sort of anti-depressant medication.  The number increases when you include all other forms of medically-prescribed drugs which can have an affect on driving ability.  Ever been on a medication that warns of potential drowsiness?  What about a non-prescribed drug like a motion sickness medication or anti-histamine?  Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by a drug, or “drug driving”, includes any of these situations.  Even if the real reason you appear impaired is because you have not gotten enough sleep because you are sick, the symptoms will be very similar (drowsiness, fatigue, poor coordination) and the medication will show up in the inevitable urine or blood test.  It will then be up to you to convince a Judge that the medication had no effect on you.

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Coping With the Ontario RIDE Program

  • December 12, 2012

That time of year is upon us again.  And with that time of year comes the inevitable Ontario RIDE program. Police tactics have changed in recent years.  It used to be that officers would set up around midnight to catch…

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16 Myths About Impaired Driving in Canada

  • November 12, 2012

Here are the top 16 Myths about impaired driving in Canada.

Myth: If I only have one drink an hour I will be okay.
Fact: The average 150 lbs male only burns off one standard drink about every two hours.

Myth: Coffee, a cold shower, a large meal or other home remedies will help.
Fact: Only time will allow your body to burn off the alcohol.

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