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189 Kent St West, Suite 218
Lindsay, Ontario
K9V 5G6

705-878-8100

freeconsult@callalawyer.ca

Monday – Friday
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

After Hours & Weekends By Appointment

Reach Us 24/7
at 1-800-668-1657

Google Rating
5.0
Based on 35 reviews

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We offer free 30-minute initial consultations to individuals in Ontario. Our criminal defence lawyers are available to review your case at one of our conveniently located offices or meeting places.

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Lindsay Ontario

LINDSAY OFFICE

Aitken Robertson Criminal Law Office in Lindsay

Located only 2km east of the Lindsay courthouse, the team of lawyers and paralegals at the law firm of Aitken Robertson are there to defend those criminally charged in the Kawartha Lakes region. If you’ve been charged with a criminal offence in the Kawartha Lakes, contact the office of Aitken Robertson for a free 30 minute consultation. If you’re unable to make it to the office we also offer consultations over the telephone. Due to Covid pandemic considerations, we offer consults by telephone and also by Zoom or Google Meet. During the consultation,  a lawyer from the Aitken Robertson team will discuss your case with you. Among other things, the lawyer will be able to tell you about possible defences and strategies. And importantly, on the question of legal fees, will provided you with a quote that you will be able to rely on.

Aitken Robertson proudly offers a flat fee billing system. The way that works is that you will be told the entire cost of your legal case up front before you hire the firm. With Aitken Robertson there are no surprises when you get your final bill. Aitken Robertson also offers interest free payment plans, in recognition of the reality that it can be difficult to pay legal fees in one lump sum. The Aitken Robertson legal team will work with you, taking into consideration of your financial situation, to come up with a plan that helps you afford quality legal service. Most of our clients pay their fees through a payment plan and we actively encourage that.

Our Team In Lindsay

Criminal Lawyer Richard Aitken

Richard Aitken

Managing Lawyer
With over 35 years practicing criminal law under his belt, Richard Aitken not only continues to handle his cases but assists the rest of his team with their cases daily. Richard has focused much of his practice on drinking and driving offences and is so passionate about this field of law he owns his own Initializer 8000TM, the instrument used by Ontario police for testing blood alcohol levels.
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Dan Lemaire - Criminal Lawyer Peterborough

Dan Lemaire

Lawyer
Dan Lemaire is a Peterborough local who returned to his home town to article and practice law at Aitken Robertson after earning his J.D. at Queen’s. Dan earned awards for being top of his class in several courses, including criminal law and advanced legal research. Dan is almost as passionate about cooking as he is about the law and spends his free time trying out new recipes.
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Jami Sanftleben

Paralegal
While studying Computer Security at Sir Sandford Fleming College, Jami Sanftleben discovered his true passion was in the field of criminal law. He completed his paralegal practice hours with Richard Aitken and stayed with the firm full-time. He advocates for the majority of the firm's provincial offence clients and he assists lawyer’s with preparing their defence strategy.
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Carol Betz

Carol Betz

Paralegal
Carol Betz aids both Dan Lemaire and Richard Aitken while handling some Highway Traffic Act charges and Provincial Offences as a paralegal herself. Her organization is invaluable to the team in organizing case files, scheduling meetings with the Crown, and ensuring clients receive information as a case progresses.
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Susan Cornett

Susan Cornett

Financial Administrative Assistant
Susan Cornett has been with Aitken Robertson for over a decade, handling financial matters for the firm, including managing client accounts. Before working with the firm Susan was an Intelligence Officer with the Greater Manchester Police for 14 years. Susan enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and her two dogs.
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Frequently Asked Questions

There is limited parking at the courthouse itself, but there is parking next door at the grocery store.

Near our office there’s a Tim Hortons on the other side of the intersection of Kent St and Victoria Ave. Just down the road on Kent St you’ll find a Pizza Pizza and several local eateries. Just across the road from the Lindsay Court House is a Boston Pizza, a Popeyes, and a Pizza Hut. There is a Loblaw’s grocery store next door.

We offer a no interest payment plan that we personalize based on your financial needs. If it would be difficult for you to pay legal fees in one lump sum don’t worry, you can pay a small amount over a length of time instead.

Absolutely. While our offices normally close at 5 pm, we recognize that for many people a meeting time during working hours can be difficult. If you need special accommodations for a consultation let us know and we’ll try to schedule an afterhours telephone consultation.

Of course not! Once you’ve signed the paperwork permitting us to appear as your representative in court we can speak on your behalf and you’re not required to go in. There are exceptions, for example if you’ll be pleading or the case goes to trial, but we’ll discuss all of this with you and give you notice if you’ll need to be in court.

At this time, unfortunately not. The nearest location to have an Interlock Ignition installed would be in Peterborough:
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1.888.769.6080

Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday : 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Lindsay Area Criminal Law Resources

Community Legal Clinic: Simcoe-Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes

Offers free legal advice and education (Note: Does not advise on criminal law. Will advise on human rights and obtaining legal assistance)

71 Colborne St E
Orillia, ON
L3V6J6
Telephone: 705 326 6444

Lindsay Courthouse

440 Kent St, W
Lindsay, ON
K9V 6K2

Superior Court of Justice

Civil (tel): 705 324 1400
Criminal (tel): 705 324 1400
Enforcement (tel) 705 324 1400
Family (tel): 705 324 1400
Small Claims (tel): 705 324 1400

Ontario Court of Justice

Criminal Youth (tel): 705 324 1400
Criminal (tel): 705 324 1400

Ontario Victim Services

(tel) 705 324 1429
(fax) 705 324 1421

Crown Attorney

(tel) 705 324 1420
(fax) 705 324 1421

Accessibility Site Coordinator

(tel) 705 324 1400 ext 207
(alternate) 705 324 1402

Recent Lindsay Cases & Success Stories

CASE STUDY: Reduced from Over 80 to Careless

Mr. H wanted to avoid the criminal charges. We recognized the unfortunate circumstances Mr. H had found himself in and established a clear goal: have Mr. H’s charges reduced to a non-criminal charge.

CASE STUDY: Over 80 – Reduced Fine and No License Suspension

With an Over 80 charge, our client was able to avoid a criminal record and losing his driver’s licence as a result of cross-examination.

CASE STUDY: Over 80 Acquittal in North Bay

During the cross examination we focused on the violation of s.10(b), and revealed that there were actually major gaps in the officers recollection of the events at the station.

CASE STUDY: Driving Over 80 / Care or Control in Lindsay

When police arrived on scene, Mr. K was outside of his vehicle asking for police assistance. Officers then detected the odour of alcohol on his breath.

CASE STUDY: Impaired, Over 80

Our client, a young man, aged 34 found himself in difficulties with the police, and retained me to assist with his file.

CASE STUDY: Acquittal – Care or Control of Motor Vehicle with More than 80mg of Alcohol in 100ml of Blood

It was a slow night for Barrie police and Constable W. was doing what he sometimes did in those circumstances. He was parked outside a local night spot in the hope of catching impaired drivers as they were leaving. On that late September night he spotted a black Mercedes exiting the parking lot adjacent to the bar. He decided to follow. He followed the Mercedes onto the highway where he reported observing it twice touch the white shoulder line.

CASE STUDY: Impaired, Over 80 & Novice Driver BAC Over 80

About an hour after dawn on a clear, dry Sunday morning in May, in the heart of Muskoka, police were dispatched to a vehicle roll over. They arrived at the scene to find the vehicle on its roof. The driver Mr. N and his passenger were standing nearby as was a bystander. Mr. N was 20 years old and was in cottage country for a weekend away with a buddy. 

What Lindsay Clients Say About Us

Google Rating
5.0
Based on 35 reviews
Sean De H.
Sean De H.
13:24 04 Sep 21
Aitken Robertson was a great choice of representation for my case. Richard Aitken, Virginia Dolinska and Jami Sanftleben were all very knowledgeable and easy to deal with. This was a very time sensitive matter and they got things done very fast and efficient. I was very satisfied with the work... they put in for me. The retainer and payment plan was very fair and easy to maintain. I would definitely recommend them to anybody needing good professional legal representation.read more
James Q.
James Q.
04:31 03 Sep 21
Amazing team very helpful and will do everything they can to help you. Dan Lamaire is an amazing lawyer that truly cares and will give it his all!!! the staff is awesome too Carol Lori and Sue all amazing!!!
Ben
Ben
10:15 02 Sep 21
I was involved in an ATV accident on a private road in Minden, Ontario and charged with Impaired over 80 mgs. Dan Lemaire and Carol Betz represented me and were able to have the charges were withdrawn. Dan and Carol kept me up to date with the details of my charges and provided me with appropriate... advice when I needed it. I hope I never need another criminal lawyer, but if I do I will definitely contact Aitken Robertson.read more
Laura P.
Laura P.
18:38 01 Sep 21
We have no hesitation recommending Richard and his team of lawyers. I work with Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and we often refer our clients to Richard who get into trouble with criminal charges. Richard is especially good at defending drunk driving over .80 charges.
Michael D.
Michael D.
20:27 05 Jul 21
Virginia was great, affordable, and very communicative. She handled my matter quickly and best of all I didn’t have to miss work due to court. Definitely recommend hiring Aiken Robertson Lawyers to settle your matter.
M F
M F
00:07 03 Jun 21
When my son left his Ex December 2020. He was unjustly charged with many serious offences that could have been completely life changing and resulted in jail time and being registered as a sex offender. These false allegations out of anger led to charges of spousal assault x 2 sexual assault x2... forcible confinement And mischief.We called Aitken Roberston Lindsay although the charges where from Prince Edward County.Luckily Aitken Roberston has practices in both regions as well as Kingston and Durham. Maybe more regions. I’m not sure. But it was definitely a benefit to my sons case living in one region and charged in anotherDue to the nature of these charges we sought legal advice after being unable to speak to duty counsel. Mr Aitken set up a zoom meeting (due to covid protocols) the same day to give us advice.Due to covid we had difficulty getting the disclosure in order to find out if my son would even qualify for legal aid. The court date was approaching and we could not speak to duty counsel without the disclosure. It was a very stressful process and very frustrating. Considering we lived in Lindsay but court was in Prince Edward county.Mr Aitken assured us that he would work diligently to set my sons case aright. He has numerous legal teams that specialize in different areas and pre law students that work as a team to give you the best defence possible.Mr Aitken also provided us a book to educate us on the court process so we would know what to expect.After our free discussion I contacted Susie his secretary with the wonderful British accent that helped reduce our stress and worked out a payment plan for the retainer so we could have Mr Aitken and Aitken Roberston Lindsay take over my sons case immediately.Because of all the legal resources, branches and specialist that work as a team our legal cost were very reasonable. Even so my son could barely afford the legal representation. Aitken Roberston worked with us to provide an affordable payment plan for legal costs.Mr Aitken over saw the case the entire time even though we spoke to several lawyers from the firm. Each taking a part or playing a role in the action.Communication was made difficult because of covid but the firm kept us informed. Using many different avenues to assist us through the process such as zoom, conference calling and email instead of in person visits. This also included flexible after hours and weekend discussions to accommodate my work schedule. They were prompt in answering my inquiries and listened intently to our concerns. Even responding to late night emails immediately.Aitken Roberston the firm completely understood our case and let us help in my sons defence always reviewing the facts and data provided. They were able to pinpoint and pull out facts that could help my sons case that we would never have realized as important facts.We felt heard and that was a huge stress reliever to us.Today 5 months later my sons case was resolved after the firm had numerous conversations with the crown.The end result. A common assault conviction ( that can be removed after 5 years). 1 year Probation. Counselling. Plus terms to keep the peace etc.NO JAIL TIME and no Sex offender charge.Thank you so much Mr Richard Aitken. Cameron Rogers. Susie and the many others that worked with us for the best result we could have hoped for.And to top it off. As we walked away they reduced my sons payment to make it even more affordable for him.I would give 10 stars if I could.PS.Good Luck on your Bar exam Cameron!!! You will make a great Lawyer with your eye for detail. I’m sure you have gained much knowledge from this firm.read more
Lesley B.
Lesley B.
14:38 01 Jun 21
When my father required legal representation last year following a charge associated with substance use, it was important to me that he work with an attorney who treated him with dignity. From our first phone call with Aitken Robertson, Dan and his team displayed compassion and professionalism... toward my father’s case. Dan was responsive throughout the entire process and provided timely updates, explaining every step of the process along the way. My father never felt judged for his mistake—the folks at Aitken Robertson were friendly, adaptable, and consistently understanding in their interactions.I am immensely grateful for the kindness and dedication Dan and his team provided my father throughout his case. Too often those who struggle with substance use receive disproportionately harsh penalties for their mistakes, but Dan worked with my father to arrive at a fair conclusion in the face of charges which otherwise may have had severe and long-lasting consequences. To Dan, Carol, and Susie, we can’t thank you enough for your work.read more
curtis K.
curtis K.
18:54 31 May 21
So I just want to start by saying thank you to the wonderfull staff at this law firm. Susan and Carol have been nothing but amazing to deal with! With my case I was assigned Dan. I could not of asked for a better lawyer he was attentive to my needs and very knowledgeable. I am more than pleased... with the outcome! If you want a good honest and understanding law firm look no further.read more
Dave C.
Dave C.
02:14 28 May 21
Very good experience! Walked me through every step of the way, positive outcome.
Chad G.
Chad G.
22:18 18 May 21
Definitely know their stuff, professional and curtious. Highly recommended.
Matthew B.
Matthew B.
23:34 28 Apr 21
Dan and his team were extremely courteous, professional and non judgemental from my first phone call to the outcome of my case .A charge that could have seriously altered my life was ultimately withdrawn thanks to the professional, knowledgeable staff at Aitken Robertson .
martin J.
martin J.
13:27 28 Apr 21
After being charged with assault.I contacted Aitken Robertson and had aconsultation with Richard, and decided to hire them. A few days later thecharges were dropped. I let them know and they refunded my retainerwith no problems at all. I was very impressed with how professional andhonest they... were.read more
Opeyemi A.
Opeyemi A.
17:05 27 Apr 21
As a Paralegal student, I stumbled on their website while sourcing for materials. I made contact and I was availed all the free resources on the website. The staff who attended to me was very prompt and very professional. I am so pleased with the experience.
Lynda T.
Lynda T.
14:53 27 Apr 21
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. My sister was facing assault charges and we contacted the Lindsay office of Aitken Robertson for assistance. Dan Lemaire represented her and his work and results were excellent!A manageable retainer and repayment plan were most appreciated. Should you need a... criminal law firm I highly recommend you give them a call.read more
Samantha H.
Samantha H.
19:30 19 Apr 21
Hello, my name is John and 1 year ago today unfortunately I had a life changing experience. I was pulled over by the police and accused of driving under the influence, I was also charged with possession. I am a hard working man that made a mistake that very well could have ruined my life. Thanks to... the experience and knowledge of the lawyers at Aitken and Robertson who made sure that 1 bad decision did not define the rest of my life. Their professionalism is second to none. They set up counselling which changed my life for the better. I thank God everyday that I decided to call LIndsay Lawyers. Their affordable rates and methods of payment plan that we worked out allowed me to stay above water during this challenging time of the pandemic. I would personally like to thank the team at Aitken and Robertson for making sure I didn’t loose my life over 1 mistake, and I’m proud to say with the counselling that was recommended my life has changed for the better. I recommend to anyone who has made a mistake while behind the wheel call Aitken and Robertson don’t let 1 mistake define the rest of your life, Aitken and Robertson will help you get the best possible outcome.- Thanks, John.read more
Angus O.
Angus O.
04:28 02 Apr 21
Cathy O.
Cathy O.
20:11 18 Mar 21
When my son got into trouble, Dan Lemaire at Aitken Robertson managed to pull him out of it. He worked very hard on my son's behalf, always phoned when he said he would, always did what he promised to do. And thanks to Dan's efforts, my son received the very best possible outcome. Thanks to Dan,... Carol, Susan and the team. You really are the best!read more
Wyatt B.
Wyatt B.
16:33 16 Mar 21
Very professional, always answer your calls and just all around very helpful team! 10 out of 10 for me! I would have been blind with out their help!
V S.
V S.
16:34 28 Feb 21
Compassion, thoughtfulness, fairness, and accuracy. Just a few word to describe Virginia and the team at Aiken Robertson. They worked for best resolution possible plus special shout out to Susan Cornett. She was a god send through the hard times. Susie was the kind British voice on the end of the... phone that gave you the truth and hope, all mixed into one.I highly recommend you stopping looking online and just call them today if you need help.read more
Zee D.
Zee D.
14:28 25 Feb 21
My family and I would like to thank Aitken Robertson Law firm, especially Justin Marchand, Lawyer, Susan Cornett, Financial Admin Assistant & Brenda Yu, Law Clerk, for their excellent service and personal attention to my sons’ case, their demonstration of professionalism and personal attention will... definitely go unnoticed.Justin Marchand was a beacon of hope to our son at a time when his options appeared limited with the allegations, and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed impossible. Not only was Justin able to defend my son from an unjust accusation, his calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to our son. We are eternally grateful to Justin’s compassion, his willingness to listen and knowledge of the law.We highly recommend ‘Aitken Robertson Law Firm’, just ask for Justin Marchand, we are confident that he will bring the same drive and dedication for you and you will never regret it!From A grateful clientread more
cheryl C.
cheryl C.
09:27 12 Feb 21
Saved me a ton of headaches, money, and points
C.O. L.
C.O. L.
15:11 08 Feb 21
I got a cell phone ticket so I hired AR to see what they could do. I ended up making a donation to a charity instead of a conviction. Saved me a lot of $ overall and the big thing is no suspension. Call them you won't regret it.
Megan L.
Megan L.
16:42 04 Feb 21
I had gotten into trouble several months back due to my mental health. I had needed a lawyer, and Aitken Robertson was the first firm to return my call. The A.R team was very non-judgmental, responsive, wonderful, and extremely helpful. They laid out their policies, and gave me all the options that... I could possibly have for my case. They made sure that I obtained the right documents needed to support my case, and ensured that the Crown received them well before the impending court dates. When they said that a decision should happen, it happened, and there were absolutely no delays unless the court was busy. My lawyer there made sure to always update me whenever she could, and if she couldn’t personally update me, another member of the firm would reach out to ensure I had all the necessary information. It was my first offence, and all charges were withdrawn with no penalties. A.R is an amazing firm and helped me clear all my doubts about the outcome of the case. I would hope it’s not the case, but if I ever needed a lawyer again, Aitken Robertson would be my very first choice, and would recommend the firm to anyone in need of a lawyer. Not to mention, their fees are very reasonable.read more
Tony B.
Tony B.
14:08 04 Feb 21
Not sure where to exactly start.... I was arrested and charged and placed on house arrest in oct 2019 and yesterday all my charges were dropped... I booked a consultation with Dan Lemaire, during my first interaction with him I knew, he was the counsel I wanted, his first meeting with me he kept... eye contact to see the sincerity in my words to Make sure I was not lying.. I have listened to him upset over details of the case that made me think he took my case personally and that he was 100% on my side .. that 16 months of house arrest was very difficult, given the circumstances... every phone call, every email, was responded to in a timely manner.. I honestly am speechless for the care and compassion Dan Lemaire and his assistant Carol Betz showed me during this time even for what I thought was a dumb question! I am forever great full to them for giving me my freedom back... I wouldn’t recommend anyone else but those two!! I was never left in the dark or wondering what was happening.. Even Susie in there administration was amazing, I was late paying a couple times as money was tight and they didn’t care, they wanted to make sure I was ok and felt like they were by my side...Thank you to Dan, Carol, and Susie!And to the owners of the firm, hiring those three Was one of your best decisions!Thank you Aitken Robertson!read more
Tyler J.
Tyler J.
17:55 20 Dec 20
Got into a little situation 3 months ago and they have been nothing but wonderful and helpful and really helped me with getting a few charges dropped on my first offence ! They are realistic and don't sugarcoat things and very professional! Lets hope I stay out of trouble so i never have to go back... haha but they would defiantly be my first choice! Thanks Again Aitken Robinson!!!read more
Nav C.
Nav C.
04:40 20 Dec 20
ian P.
ian P.
21:30 18 Dec 20
Personable, professional and non judgemental - qualities to look for in legal counsel when dealing with criminal charges that should not have been laid.The jury is still out on the outcome(s), but Richard Aitken and his team are on their game. Case in point - called to arrange a year end review... and discovered Richard was unavailable on Monday because he was committed to a professional development seminar. Highly recommended.read more
Kevin K.
Kevin K.
13:35 16 Dec 20
I was in a situation earlier this year that required me to seek legal counsel. After phoning and emailing multiple places I luckily fell upon this firm. First off I left a brief email to them and received a very fast response. They made sure I was able to speak with a team member that day(on a... Sunday afternoon). From the beginning they made this difficult situation as easy as it could possibly be. Always taking my calls and always fitting me into their schedule in a very timely manner. With there help I was able to get a much better resolve then I even thought possible. I can't say enough about all of them going well above and beyond especially in these difficult times with the pandemic. They always made sure that I understood what was going on and gave me updates on my matter very quickly. The price for their work was exceptional and more than fair! They are a fantastic firm with lots of knowledgeable and very polite staff from top to bottom and I strongly recommend them. Although I hope this to be the last time to seek Aitken Robertson for help it is very nice knowing that they are just a quick phone call away.read more
Warwick M.
Warwick M.
20:40 09 Nov 20
Richard Aitken and the excellent team at Aitken Robertson provided invaluable assistance to me when I found myself caught in a very difficult legal situation involving impaired driving charges. Because I am not a Canadian resident there were some very scary unintended side effects, including... incarceration and visa challenges.From the moment the A.R. team got involved things improved. They were responsive, helpful, pragmatic and transparent. Most importantly these guys are serious experts in their areas of practice - I cannot recommend them highly enough. Richard and the team achieved the best possible outcome for me, something that required both creativity and very strong legal advocacy.read more
Scott T.
Scott T.
15:56 29 Oct 20
Personable, friendly staff and Brilliant legal team. Richard and Carol handled my case and got the right results. I highly recommend this firm.
Rob K.
Rob K.
15:24 17 Aug 19
I felt comfortable and relaxed, the professionalism and knowledge of Aitken&Robertson is second to none I highly recommend this place!
creative b
creative b
17:21 15 Aug 19
My experience has been fabulous. When I first meet with them I was suffering from a work place injury and was not able to get their offices so the came to my home to do the first interview. I was really touched that they would take the time out of their schedules to accommodate me. Moving forward... they have done a very professional job especially with helping me figure out my fiance as being put on LTD there is quite a drop in income.I feel very safe and assured being in their more the capable hands and trust them thoroughly with my case.read more
Marie O.
Marie O.
14:54 14 Aug 19
Great law firm. Specifically Dan Lemaire was very helpful with my case. Dan explained things very well. I feel my case was handled in a very professional manner. I would certainly recommend Dan should the need arise.
Dan S.
Dan S.
15:42 13 Aug 19
Dan Lemaire was absolutely incredible to work with throughout the legal process and also produced incredible results for me that have ultimately changed my life for the better!
Angie H.
Angie H.
14:57 13 Aug 19
Amazing law firm. We tried to handle it ourselves but unfortunately we could not. Richard Robertson was a huge help and got our case dismissed. Thank you so much for all your help.
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