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Aitken Robertson

3601 Highway 7 East, Suite 506
Markham, Ontario
L3R 0M3

Aitken Roberston Criminal Lawyers Meeting Place in Markham

Aitken Robertson’s Markham office is located less than 30 minutes away from the Ontario Court of Justice, Youth Court, and Superior Courts of Justice in Scarborough, Toronto, North York, Newmarket and Etobicoke.

Our services in Markham are handled primarily by lawyer Edmund Chan. Edmund combines his decades of experience in trial litigation with his extensive background in law, criminal justice, and public administration, to provide his clients with highly effective criminal defence. Edmund provides his services in both English and Cantonese. Behind the scenes, each of our lawyers are supported by a team of over twenty lawyers, paralegals, clerks, administrators and students, including direct guidance from the firm’s founder, Richard Aitken, who has over 35 years of criminal defence experience.

Aitken Robertson prides itself on providing affordable and transparent legal services. We believe someone’s financial situation should not prevent them from hiring experienced criminal defence lawyers for support. That is why we gladly offer a flat fee billing system, so clients know the full cost of their defence before they decide to hire us. We are also willing to work with clients to design individualized interest free payment plans, so that the fee can be covered over a period of time instead of all at once.

Meet with an Aitken Robertson lawyer at 3601 Highway 7 East, Suite 506, for a free 30-minute consultation to find out how we can support you in fighting your charges and how we can ensure our services are affordable in your circumstances.

What One of Our Lindsay Clients Has Said About Us

What One of Our Lindsay Clients Has Said About Us

“I had my first trouble with law couple of months and we found Edmund Chang. He helped me through all the process professionally moreover, he really cares about my best interest, he will check if I comfortable with all decisions we were going to make and if not, he will not push it. Other things that really stand out, he is approachable as well as responsive to follow up. In the end, we settled the case and I can move on.” – Aitken Robertson Client

Our Team In Markham

Edmund Chan - Criminal Lawyer

Edmund Chan

For over two decades Edmund Chan has provided his service as a criminal defence lawyer to the people of Ontario. Edmund has litigated thousands of criminal cases, with his focus primarily on impaired driving. Fluent in both English and Cantonese, he is comfortable defending clients in both languages. Edmund undertakes many of the firm’s most severe cases, including impaired driving causing death and sexual assault against a minor.

Richard Aitken - Criminal Lawyer

Richard Aitken

Lawyer and Founder
With over three decades of criminal defence experience, lawyer and founder Richard Aitken oversees cases handled by all of the firm’s lawyers. His practice largely focuses on drinking and driving offences, and he routinely attends training and conferences on developments in Breathalyzer technology.

Brenda Yu

Paralegal and IT Director
With a background in science and business, Brenda Yu provides an organized and analytical mindset to Aitken Robertson and its clients. Brenda provides legal advice and services within the scope of a paralegal, including provincial tickets and fines. Her skillset allows her to optimally manage Aitken Robertson’s technology and provide assistance to Edmund Chan and Richard Aitken. Brenda is fluent in both English and Mandarin and is comfortable providing her legal services in either language.

Jami Sanftleben

Jami Sanftleben works with clients charged with provincial offences across the province. He also provides assistance to the firm’s lawyers as needed, including legal research and document drafting. Jami has been with Aitken Robertson since he completed his practice hours for his licensing. He takes time to understand each client’s particular goals in each case in order to ensure they’re happy with the outcome reached.

Markham Criminal Law Resources

Markham Legal Aid Clinic

For those unable to obtain legal services for financial reasons, legal aid clinics provide their services free of charge.

21 Dunlop Street, Suite 200
Richmond Hill, ON
L4C 2M6
Telephone: (905) 508-5018

Ontario Court of Justice, Toronto

For provincial offences, such as traffic tickets.

60 Queen St. West, Old City Hall
Toronto, ON
M5H 2M3
Telephone: (416) 326-0111

Ontario Court of Justice, Scarborough

For provincial offences, such as traffic tickets.

1911 Eglinton Ave. East
Scarborough, ON
M1L 4P4
Telephone: (800) 518-7901

Ontario Court of Justice, College Park

For provincial offences, such as traffic tickets.

444 Yonge St, College Park, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON
M5B 2H4
Telephone: (416) 325-8950

Ontario Court of Justice, North York

For provincial offences, such as traffic tickets.

1000 Finch Ave. West
North York, ON
M3J 2V5
Telephone: (416) 314-4208

Ontario Court of Justice, Newmarket

For provincial offences, such as traffic tickets.

50 Eagle St. West
Newmarket, ON
L3Y 6B1
Telephone: (905) 853-4801

Ontario Court of Justice, Etobicoke

For provincial offences, such as traffic tickets.

2201 Finch Ave. West
North York, ON
M9M 2Y9
Telephone: (416) 314-3962

Crown Attorney’s Office, Toronto

361 University Ave.
Toronto, ON
M5G 1T3
Telephone: (416) 327-5990

Crown Attorney’s Office, Scarborough

1911 Eglinton Ave. East
Scarborough, ON
M1L 4P4
Telephone: (416) 325-0342

Crown Attorney’s Office, North York

1001 Finch Ave. West
North York, ON
M3J 2V5
Telephone: (416) 314-4222

Crown Attorney’s Office, Newmarket

50 Eagle St. West
Newmarket, ON
L3Y 6B1
Telephone: (905) 853-4818

Youth Criminal Court, Toronto

311 Jarvis St.
Toronto, ON
M5B 2C4

Youth Criminal Court, Newmarket

50 Eagle St. West
Newmarket, ON
L3Y 6B1
Telephone: (905) 853-4801

Ontario Victim Services, Newmarket

50 Eagle St. West
Newmarket, ON
L3Y 6B1
Telephone: (905) 853-4899

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does hiring a criminal defence lawyer work?

    First, meet with one of our lawyers for a free 30-minute consultation. We will discuss the case, the evidence, the potential outcomes and the costs. If you choose to retain us, you will pay a portion of the costs up front, and we will begin appearing in court on your behalf. We will meet with the Crown Attorney, review the evidence they have, and begin researching potential caselaw and Charter breaches that could support your defence. Throughout this process we will keep you updated so that you can make informed decisions about how you want to proceed. Ultimately, we will provide you with sound advice so you can make the best decisions for you. The remainder of our fees are paid afterwards, either all at once or over an agreed upon period of time to make the payment easier for you.

  • What do I need to know before I go to court?

    Once you have hired us, we will be right there in the court room with you. If there is something you do not know, we will explain it to you, so you remain completely aware of what is going on at all times. Often you will not even need to go to court, we can go on your behalf, saving you time and stress. If you have any specific questions about court attire or manners feel free to ask us, we would be happy to help you be as comfortable throughout the process as possible.

  • Is there somewhere near the Markham office to get lunch?

    Right next door to our Markham office you’ll find both a Chinese and a sushi restaurant.

  • How do the payment plans work?

    Aitken Robertson recognizes that hiring a criminal defence lawyer can be a stressful enough process without factoring in having to pay legal fees. If you are in a difficult financial situation, we will work with you to design a payment plan that allows you to fund your defence over a period of time instead of paying all at once. We design each payment plan to fit individual clients to ensure you are able to afford the legal services you want without being concerned that it wont be affordable. We do not charge interest on our payment plans.

  • I am worried my case is unwinnable. Do I have a chance?

    Our lawyers have pushed for successful outcomes in many cases with a variety of charges and circumstances. If you schedule a free 30-minute consultation with one of our lawyers, we can discuss what outcomes you can reasonably expect based on the facts of the case. Even if an acquittal seems unlikely we may notice that some of the key evidence against you is inadmissible for violating your Charter rights, or the Crown may be willing to lower the charges to a non-criminal offence if you’ll plead guilty to that lesser offence. There are plenty of options we can pursue. While you are waiting to meet with us take a look at these past successes to see the sorts of strategies and outcomes we’ve used in the past for a variety of charges.

  • Where can I go to have an Interlock Ignition device installed on my vehicle?

    Charges from Markham are typically prosecuted at the Newmarket courthouse. 10 minutes away you can have an Interlock Ignition Device installed at: Speedy Glass, 16995 Yonge St, Unit 6 Newmarket, ON L3Y 5Y1.

Fun Facts About Markham

Markham is the technology capital of Canada. It has the highest concentration of technology companies in a single municipality across the country.

Markham is the most diverse municipality in Canada with 72.3% of the population identifying as part of a visible minority group.

Markham is home to the Milne Dam Conservation Park, which is a sanctuary for migratory birds.

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