"I was charged with over 80 and Impaired driving in Toronto for the first time. Me being a Truck Driver, you can imagine how scared i was. I did little research and came across the website for Aitken Robertson and...read more→
“It isn’t enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box.” – Tim Ferriss
Justin Marchand, Criminal Lawyer
J.D., Western University, 2014
B.A., Dalhousie University (History), 2010
I have practiced law at Aitken Robertson for a few years. I typically run multiple trials every month throughout the year.
I practice in all areas of criminal law, but I focus on drinking and driving allegations. Every year the team and I attend specialised courses in DUI law, often using experts not locally available. For example, in 2016 we attended a training course in New Orleans with some of the most prestigious and renowned DUI attorneys and experts in North America. The subject of the conference was the scientific workings of the Intoxilyzer 8000 – the breath-testing instrument used by officers to calculate an individual’s blood alcohol level.
My approach to many DUI cases is to at first take a dispassionate look at your initial disclosure. Ultimately, I will comprehensively review your case and situation, with a view to explaining your options. It is always helpful if I can expose errors in police investigations, warrants, or just plain intrusive investigations. My findings and conclusion form the basis for trial litigation, and a significant portion of my practice is conducting trials in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Trial litigation for drinking and driving charges typically involves constitutional litigation. I file dozens of applications each year on behalf my clients. These “Charter applications” engage remedies, such as excluding illegally obtained evidence. Each year I successfully get excluded key evidence against my clients. However, each trial turns on its own facts – so we discuss the reasonably available facts. You will not be shut-out on your case, I will explain your legal case to you to whatever degree you are interested. I want you to be comfortable, or as comfortable as can be in the circumstances.
Some of the time an acquittal is not within the realm of possibilities, but nonetheless I will pursue the best result that may represent the best way forward for you. An example achieved every year are reductions of the charges to Highway Traffic Act penalties.
I will be straight-forward about my assessment of your case.
I enjoy applying my constitutional litigation knowledge to all kinds of situations, including search and seizures of guns and drugs. Other areas of my practice include:
- Assault, including aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, sexual assault, and assault bodily harm, in various contexts including bar fights, historical allegations of sexual abuse, random encounters, and domestic assault;
- Fraud, including fraud under $5000.00 and fraud over $5000.00, in various contexts such as allegations of internet phishing fraud, payday loan fraud, as well as fraud against employers. I routinely work on cases involving five-figure and six-figure fraud allegations.
- Theft, including theft under $5000.00 and theft over $5000.00, in various contexts such as theft from department stores and theft from employers;
- Breach, such as allegations of breach of recognizance and breach of probation.
If you need a criminal lawyer, Mr. Marchand can meet you for a free, 30-minute consultation to discuss your case.
"I reached out to Aitken Robertson - fight the charges - when I was charged with fraud under $5,000. I was introduced to my lawyer, Justin Marchand. With Justin's help, I was capable of paying the full restitution fee in...read more→
“I was facing four separate charges: Over 80mgs, Impaired, Dangerous Driving, and Failure to Remain. As a result of the charges I lost my job. Furthermore, I faced at least a year suspension from driving, fines and a criminal record,...read more→
I believe that my experience with Aitken Robertson was a very good one. I was in a terrible fix and they listened to my story and made me feel a lot less stressed. I appeared for fingerprints once and never...read more→