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2263 Princess Street
Kingston, Ontario
K7M 3G1

Phone / Email

Local Phone: 613-531-9099

Toll Free 24/7: 1-800-668-1657


Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM by appointment
After Hours & Weekend: by appointment

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Kingston Criminal Law Office


We offer free 30-minute initial consultations to individuals in Kingston. Our criminal defence lawyers are available to review your case with you.

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Some of the Criminal Allegations We Defend Against in Kingston

Impaired Driving Charges
December 10, 2020

Drinking and Driving

Impaired driving refers to the action of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. As a result, the driver’s ability to control the vehicle safely is reduced. Under the criminal code, fines and imprisonment are the potential outcomes once convicted.
domestic assault
May 25, 2021

Domestic Assaults

A ‘domestic assault’ refers to an assault that occurs during a domestic relationship, such as between married partners, common-law partners, dating couples, and parents and children. They are treated more severely than other assault offences.
May 25, 2021

Other Assaults & Threats

In general terms, an ‘assault’ is the use of force or attempted use of force on another person. These offences could include general assault, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and criminal harassment.
sex assault
May 25, 2021

Sex Assaults

A ‘sexual assault’ refers to an assault that involves some nature of sexual touching, or a sexual overtone. These can range from merely touching a body part up to and including something such as rape.
internet crimes
May 25, 2021

Internet Crimes

In today’s day and age, the Internet and social media have opened up new pathways for new types of offences. These can be widely varied: many common charges include child pornography, revenge porn, and libel/defamation.
February 17, 2013

Bail Hearings

A bail hearing will determine whether an accused will be released from custody for the period leading up to the actual trial. Here is an overview of the hearing procedure and what you can expect during the process.
driving offences
August 15, 2012

Dangerous Driving and Traffic Charges

Some Highway Traffic Act Offences (HTA) carry very serious consequences. Here are some of the ones that we deal with most frequently.
driving under suspension
May 16, 2012

Driving With a Suspended Licence

If your license had been suspended and you were caught still operating a vehicle, there may be consequences under the Highway Traffic Act.
Drug Charges in Ontario
August 17, 2012

Drug Charges

Drug charges are laid for ‘possession’ and/or ‘trafficking’. Each comes with its own set of penalties as per the Criminal Code of Canada. Click to learn more about the specific Code provisions and what they entail.
theft charges ontario
August 17, 2012

Theft Charges

Theft occurs where anyone fraudulently and without colour of right, either takes or converts anything with the intent to deprive the owner or the person who has a special interest in it.
mischief charges in ontario
August 17, 2012

Mischief Charges

Mischief occurs when someone wilfully destroys or damages property, or if they render it dangerous, inoperative or ineffective. It can also be considered mischief if one’s actions obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property.
young offenders
August 17, 2012

Young Offenders

Individuals under the age of majority who have been charged will be treated under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Youth matters are generally treated with a greater focus on rehabilitation rather than deterrence, and more on reparation than on retribution.


Aitken Robertson Criminal Law Office in Kingston

Aitken Robertson has over 35 years of history defending those accused by the Crown and police of criminal acts, including:

  • drinking and driving,
  • sexual assault,
  • domestic assault,
  • other assaults,
  • drug offences,
  • highway traffic act charges, and
  • more.

With decades of collective experience across our team of lawyers in Ontario, our Kingston office offers their service to:

  • Kingston,
  • Picton,
  • Prince Edward County,
  • Belleville,
  • Napanee,
  • Brockville, and
  • Cornwall.

Aitken Robertson is proud to have been located in and servicing the City of Kingston since March 2010. Richard Aitken is a standing member of the Kingston Criminal Defence Lawyers’ Association, and the firm is an encouraging supporter of Queen’s Faculty of Law, sponsoring the 2019 Orientation Week for the class of 2022.

Our firm prides itself in maintaining an affordable approach to legal defence. First, we insist upon a predicable flat fee billing method, as opposed to hourly billing methods. This means we’ll be up front about the cost of the case from the very beginning, rather than accruing hours throughout the case and giving you the bill at the end. We also provide an interest free payment plan, so that you can pay your legal fees over time instead of all at once.

Located in the Limestone Professional Building ( ‘the Beamish House’) at 2263 Princess St., our Kingston office houses two of our lawyers.

Our Team In Kingston

Richard Aitken criminal lawyer

Richard Aitken

Managing Lawyer
Ottawa Criminal Lawyer - Virginia Dolinska

Virginia Dolinska

Sole Practitioner Lawyer Affiliated with Aitken Robertson
melanie van aarde

Melanie Van Aarde

Sole Practitioner Licensed Paralegal Affiliated with Aitken Robertson
Zachary McDonald - Paralegal

Zachary McDonald

Licensed Paralegal

Frequently Asked Questions

You certainly can! If your case requires you to have an Interlock Ignition installed on your vehicle you can contact ALCOLOCK at 940 Gardiners Road, Kingston. You can also phone them at (613) 384-0946.

There absolutely is. Kingston’s Criminal Court is located at 279 Wellington St. Across the street, next to the Food Basics, is a public lot. If you don’t have change to pay for your ticket download the app Honk and enter the 4 digit number on the payment machine in the lot. That way you can pay by debit or credit card.

Of course. While our Kingston office is typically open between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., our lawyers understand that with work, school, and family obligations, it may not always be possible to meet during our standard hours. If you require a time accommodation, contact the office and we’ll find a date and time that works for both you and your lawyer.

We can definitely do consultations over the phone.

Legal fees can be a bit on the expensive side, and we understand that it’s not always feasible for someone to pay for it all as a lump sum. That’s why we offer an interest free payment plan, which allows us to customize how you’ll make your payments to suit your financial situation. This way you’ll be able to make several smaller payments in order to keep the fee manageable while not sacrificing quality legal service.

That’s hard to answer as we don’t know all the details of your case. If you meet with us for a free 30-minute consultation we can discuss the specifics of your case and give you a better understanding of the kinds of outcomes you’ll be looking at.

Once you’ve signed to paperwork declaring us your representative, you won’t have to miss work to attend court (for the most part). There may be certain situations where your presence is required, like if the case goes to trial, but for the majority of the administrative work that has to be done we can take care of it for you. You’re always welcome to come in with us, but unless we tell you it’s necessary you’re usually fine letting us speak in your place.

Kingston Area Criminal Law Resources

Kingston Legal Aid Clinic

If you are unable to obtain legal services financially, Kingston Legal Aid Clinic offers free legal services to residents of Kingston.

345 Bagot St
Kingston, ON
K7K 6T8
Telephone: (613) 541-4978
Fax: 1-613-547-4978

Queens Legal Aid

Residents of Kingston, Napanee, and the surrounding area, benefit from an additional legal aid clinic offered by Queens Universities Faculty of Law.

303 Bagot St, Suite 500
Kingston, ON
K7K 5W7
Telephone: (613) 533-2102
Fax: (613) 533-6890

Traffic Ticket Court

If you have questions or concerns about a traffic ticket, contact the Kingston Provincial Offences Court.

362 Montreal St,
Kingston, ON
K7K 3H5
Telephone: (613) 547-8557
Fax: (613) 547-8558

Recent Kingston Cases & Success Stories

CASE STUDY: Possession for the purpose of trafficking in Brockville

These charges were serious for Mr. V. Possession of illicit substances as a truck driver carries a mandatory term of imprisonment.

CASE STUDY: Assault and Impaired Driving in Perth

Based on the circumstances, the goal of the client was to have all of the criminal charges withdrawn. This would mean that these new charges would not appear on his criminal record.

CASE STUDY: Sexual Assault Charges in Kingston

Our goal here was to have our client released from jail pending his trial by establishing that neither of the grounds for pre-trial detention were met.

CASE STUDY: Possession of Child Pornography x2 & Access Child Pornography x2, Successful Bail Hearing

The allegations in this matter consisted of Mr. F possessing child pornography in the form of videos and photos as well as accessing these materials online through various devices.

CASE STUDY: Over 80 and Charge Withdrawn

Police were notified with information that Mr. K was involved in an assault with his brother and left the scene intoxicated. Shortly after, Mr. K was pulled over while operating his vehicle. After making some incriminating admissions to the officers, Mr. K was asked to provide a breath sample in an approved screening device on the roadside.

CASE STUDY: Indecent Act – Charge withdrawn

The allegations consisted of Mr. B attending a private parking lot where he removed some of his clothing and began to masturbate while looking out on the street.

CASE STUDY: Child Luring and Multiple Child Pornography Charges

Mr. R was in his last year of high-school and in the midst of applying to university when he was charged with severe criminal offences.

CASE STUDY: Plea Bargain for Dangerous Driving, Over 80, and other Driving Offences

After a number of discussions with the Crown Attorney and a number of Judicial Pre-Trials, the Crown agreed to amend the Mr. H’s charges and withdraw others. Mr. H entered a plea of guilty to Over 80, simple assault and breach. All other charges were withdrawn.

CASE STUDY: Domestic Assault x2 & Mischief Under x2 – Charges Withdrawn

After multiple complaints to police made by Mr. H.s spouse, charges of domestic assault and mischief were laid. The allegations consisted of Mr. H damaging the complainant’s property as well as pushing his wife, grabbing her by the throat and choking. Additionally, the allegations were that the assaults took place while Ms. H was pregnant.

CASE STUDY: Over 80 and Impaired Operation in Napanee

Our client Ms. G was operating an ATV when she struck a tree, sustaining major injuries to her head with a large cut. Charges were laid two months later after a blood analysis confirmed our client had alcohol in her body while she was operating the ATV.

CASE STUDY: Domestic Assault x3, Criminal Harassment, Mischief Under & Theft Under – Charges Withdrawn

After a review of all disclosure materials with Mr. C it was evident that the complainant came forward with false allegations.

I was facing an Over 80 charge. They said I was twice the legal limit. I had a prior impaired conviction 5 or 6 years ago. My career and lifestyle were on the line. After meeting with three other lawyers, I was referred to Richard. I received immediate respect, hope and confidence. Richard and his team seemed to have the Crown on their heels from the outset. I must say I was maybe not a perfect client either. I came away from this experience with a lesson learned and a perfect driving record. All charges dropped. – Aitken Robertston Client

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