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Drinking and Driving (Impaired Driving)

In Bowmanville and throughout Canada, drinking and driving offences are taken seriously. The “Over 80” offence arises if your blood alcohol level is above the legal limit—even if you are not actually impaired. The “impaired” offence arises if you are impaired by alcohol—even if your blood alcohol level is not above the legal limit. You can also be charged with “impaired” if the impairment is due to drugs. If convicted, you face fines, loss of driving licence and if it is not your first offence, a mandatory jail sentence.

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Assaults and Threats

In Bowmanville, as in the rest of Ontario, assault is the act of deliberately hurting someone with the intent to cause harm to that person. Threats are uttered statements that express an intention to injure or cause pain to another person or person.

The various types of assaults include:

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Domestic Assault

Domestic assault is an assault against a significant other such as a girlfriend, boyfriend, or spouse. In some instances, a family member is involved. Domestic assault is distinguished by the “breach of trust” resulting when there is violence in such close relationships and is therefore considered a particularly serious type of assault. The penalties will vary with the severity of the particular assault.

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Sex Assault

Sexual assault is an assault committed in sexual circumstances. Sex without the consent of one of the parties is a sexual assault. It is an indictable offence. If you are found guilty of this crime, imprisonment will follow.

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Internet Crimes

Internet crimes occur online and generally utilize a computer or a device with a network. There is a variety of crimes that fall under this category. In Bowmanville, internet crimes can include incidents of impersonation, identity theft, cyber-bullying, child luring, child pornography, revenge porn and other related cyber-crimes.

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Child Sex Crimes

Child Sex Assault

Child sex assault, is a sexual assault of a person under the age of 16. Similar and related offences include: child luring, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching. In many instances, use of force, intimidation, deception, and other coercive tactics are used against the child.

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Bail Hearings in Ontario

Bail Hearings

For some offences, the person charged will not be released from the station to await the outcome of the case in court, but will instead be held in custody for a bail hearing. The bail hearing will determine if the person can remain at liberty while the case is processed by the criminal justice system. Not “getting bail” means staying in jail while the case is working its way through the court process. You only get one shot at a bail hearing.

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Dangerous Driving

Dangerous driving in Bowmanville and other areas occurs when someone operates a vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to the public. This is a serious offence that carries the potential for severe penalties including loss of driving licence.

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Driving While Prohibited

Driving while prohibited is the offence of driving while under a court order not to because you were convicted of a criminal offence that carries a driving prohibition as one of its penalties, for example a DUI offence. The penalties for this offence usually include jail.

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drug charges


A drug crime involves the possession, trafficking or making of drugs that are listed in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). The CDSA lists both hard and soft drugs, including heroin, cocaine, “magic mushrooms,” marijuana (in quantities above a certain amount) as well as other substances, including precursors to listed drugs.

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Breaches of probation or breaches of bail are criminal offences. A “breach” is a violation of a condition in a probation order or in a form of release (bail or undertaking/recognizance). Significant penalties follow for this offence.

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weapon charges


There are many types of weapons offences. Besides the more obvious offences such as using firearms to harm others or possessing illegal firearms, there are also offences that capture the unsafe handling of legally owned firearms. Other objects are also classified as weapons as for example brass knuckles or flick knives. An item that may have a perfectly legitimate use, such as a kitchen knife, can in some circumstances be considered a weapon. Convictions for weapons charges usually result in severe penalties.

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Break and Enter and Property Crimes

Break and enter entails breaking and entering into a place with an intent to commit an indictable offence or actually committing an indictable offence in the place. In Bowmanville, as in the rest of Ontario, property crimes include illegal acts against someone’s property, mischief, theft, arson, and motor vehicle theft. Penalties will vary with the seriousness of the offence but if a break and enter is committed in relation to a dwelling-house the person is liable to imprisonment for life.

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Young Offenders

In Canada, criminal offences committed by young people between the ages of 12 and 17, are dealt with under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). While the offences with which young people can be charged are the same as for adults, the processes of the criminal justice system and the potential consequences, are different for young people.

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Aitken Robertson is a distinguished law office with over 100 years of combined criminal law experience and counting. Our years of expertise enables us to navigate through the legal system effectively.

Besides our experience, another advantage that you would benefit from if you retained our services comes from our willingness to pursue continuous education. The sophisticated training, we continue to receive provides us with a comprehensive understanding of the law. Hence, we remain knowledgeable about new policies and guidelines.

At our law office, we are committed to defending your rights and ensuring that the outcome that is right for you is achieved. We work resolutely to assess all elements of your case and develop a strong argument.

We provide affordable payment options, making our services very accessible. For free 30-minute consultation with a criminal lawyer in Bowmanville, contact us. Our team would be more than happy to speak with you.

Our Bowmanville Area Team

Richard Aitken criminal lawyer

Richard Aitken

Managing Lawyer
Edmund Chan - Criminal Lawyer

Edmund Chan

Sole Practitioner Lawyer Affiliated with Aitken Robertson
Roshni Gopaul - Criminal Defence Lawyer

Roshni Gopaul

Sole Practitioner Lawyer Affiliated with Aitken Robertson
Jami Sanftleben - Paralegal

Jami Sanftleben

Licensed Paralegal
carol betz - paralegal

Carol Betz

Licensed Paralegal
melanie van aarde

Melanie Van Aarde

Sole Practitioner Licensed Paralegal Affiliated with Aitken Robertson
Shan Burns

Shan Burns

Accounts / Administrative Assistant / Assistant to Phil Stiles
Susan Cornett

Susan Cornett

Financial Administrative Assistant
Kim Playford

Kim Playford

Administrative Assistant / Editor

Court Information for Criminal Offences in Bowmanville

For charges in Bowmanville,  cases will be heard at the Oshawa courthouse, which is located at 150 Bond Street East in Oshawa. Its hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For general inquiries and other court-related information, public counter hours are 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

There are nearby parking spaces to accommodate those driving to the courthouse. Some of these options include:

If you are at the courthouse for an extensive period, there are various breaks, which are typically decided upon by the judge. Hence break times can vary. Fortunately, there are multiple restaurants nearby to accommodate you. Some of them include:

More About Bowmanville and Criminal Law

bowmanvilleBowmanville is situated in Clarington, a municipality of the Durham Region. Similar to many towns within this region, it boasts a great history. Settlers arrived in its early years attracted by the area’s farmlands, creeks and watermills.

Vanstone Mill is one of the most long-standing mills on Bowmanville Creek. Bowmanville is presently home to many fields, pastures, and natural spaces despite the new developments erected for new homes.

If you appreciate nature and its splendour, Bowmanville Harbour Conservation area, located on Lake Ontario is worth a visit.  There is a boat launch and the conservation area encompasses several parks and trails. Restaurants and other amenities are located nearby.

Which Crimes Are Problematic in Bowmanville?

Although a great town, Bowmanville is not immune to crime. Before COVID-19 and close to the end of 2019, a 10% increase in violent crime was reported in Durham Region.

It is not evident which Durham areas have seen the increase. Instead, the report speaks of the entire region. The report mentions that the shift is driven by “increases in harassing communication calls, threatening death or bodily harm calls, and low-level assaults.”

Conversely, it has been noted that since the pandemic and requests for social distancing, there has been a decline in crime rates<. Although the decline in crime is noteworthy, it does not imply that crime has disappeared entirely. There is still criminal activity, just on a lower scale.

In recent Durham Region news, there have been mentions of specific crimes. Domestic assault, impaired driving, stabbing, robbery, drug trafficking, child pornography, and other incidents have been reported. Based on the reports, it is not clear which crimes are the most problematic.

Is Bowmanville Considered Safe?

According to Areavibes’ predictions, Bowmanville’s crime rates are 30% lower than the national average. It has also been reported that Bowmanville’s violent crimes are 27% lower than the national average. Property crime is also 31% less in Bowmanville.

Despite reports of crime, Bowmanville is believed to be a welcoming, family-friendly town. There is a 1 in 34 chance of becoming a victim of crime. Hence, it is considered to be a reasonably safe place.


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