I have always sided with the underdogs. When ‘the State’ chooses to prosecute someone, they have at their disposal virtually unlimited resources. This automatically makes any accused party the underdog. I feel privileged to be in the position of a defence counsel, as I believe the role is ultimately to hold the State accountable during the prosecution of an individual. It allows me to ensure that the rule of law is upheld and the fundamental rights of my clients are protected.
I practice in all areas of criminal law with a focus on D.U.I. law. I have attended dedicated courses in D.U.I. law such as the Operation of the Intoxilyzer 8000C, Scientific Evidence in Breath Test Cases, Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE), and the Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) course. I continuously stay up-to-date on the latest criminal law research and regulations in order to best serve my clients and the Aitken Robertson firm.
Often when I deal with new clients, it’s imperative for me to establish a relationship from the beginning where I am able to alleviate their anxieties and build trust and confidence. Only when that happens, can they freely convey their side of the story. I am methodical in reviewing with them what evidences the Crown can produce, how easy or difficult it would be for the Crown to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and the strengths and weaknesses of a client’s case and outlining the difficulties and the hurdles we would have to overcome to be successful. I remain resolute in my advocacy for my clients, sparing no efforts to obtain the best possible resolution given the circumstances.
- The Law Society of Ontario
- Ontario Bar Association
- Durham Region Law Association
- Criminal Lawyers’ Association of Ontario
- Operation of the Intoxilyzer 8000C, New Orleans, LA
- Scientific evidence in Breath Test Case, Montreal, QC
- Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE), & Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Vancouver, BC
An effective criminal defence lawyer is like a good poker player, not only able to assess the possible outcomes with the hand their clients are dealt, but also possess the instinct to judge the risk, benefit and ability to read the other side. – Nasif Abdullah