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Some of the Criminal Allegations We Defend Against in Markham

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 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 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. Alternatively, we are happy to meet with you via telephone, Zoom, or Google Meet.

Our Markham Criminal Law Team

Edmund Chan - Criminal Lawyer

Edmund Chan

Sole Practitioner Lawyer Affiliated with Aitken Robertson
Jami Sanftleben - Paralegal

Jami Sanftleben

Licensed Paralegal
melanie van aarde

Melanie Van Aarde

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

Zachary McDonald

Licensed Paralegal
Madeline Driscol

Madeline Driscoll

Office Manager

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Recent Markham Cases & Success Stories

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Assault & Mischief Under $5,000

Ms. Q signed a peace bond for $1,000.00, payable only if she violated the law, possessed a weapon, was found at the grocery store the initial incident took place at, or contacted the couple involved in the fight. Her charges were dropped and she was free to put the unfortunate incident behind her.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn for Peace Bond – Assault

One October night, Mr. M, his ex, and their friends Ms. M and Ms. S, were out on the town. Despite the intentions of Mr. M and his ex to remain friends, Ms. M and Ms. S were unsupportive.

CASE STUDY: Withdrawal & Peace Bond – Assault

Late one May afternoon in Markham Mr. B and Mr. H became engaged in an altercation while pulled over on the side of the road; a bit of ‘road rage’. During the argument Mr. H. wound up on the ground and Mr. B struck him repeatedly on the shoulder. After the argument ended Mr. B drove away, and Mr. H contacted the police.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Possession of a Controlled Substance

During the search the officer found one container of marijuana belonging to Ms. C and one bag of marijuana belonging to Ms. S. In the glove compartment the officer found a small bag of white powder, which upon testing was revealed to be cocaine. The two were charged and read their right to counsel. This is where Ms. C and the officer’s recollection of the events diverge.

What Markham Clients Say 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


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