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Drinking and Driving (Impaired Driving)

In Newcastle (as in the rest of Canada) operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs is illegal as is operating a vehicle with amounts of alcohol or drugs in your blood that are over the legal limits. The penalties for these sorts of offences include fines, driver’s licence suspensions and possibly jail.

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Assaults and Threats

Assault is the act of applying force intentionally to another person without that person’s consent. It is also assault if you accost or imped another person, or beg, while openly carrying a weapon or an imitation weapon.

The offence of Uttering Threats is committed when someone knowingly utters, conveys or causes any person to receive a threat: to cause death or bodily harm; to burn destroy or damage property; or, to kill poison or injure an animal belonging to any person.

The various types of assaults include:

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Domestic Assault

Domestic assault, which is assault of an intimate partner or a family member, is considered to be a particularly serious type of assault because of the “breach of trust” that arises when there is violence in such close and dependant relationships.

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Sex Assault

Sex assault is a very serious offence. Besides unwanted sexual intercourse, activities that may constitute sexual assault may include touching or groping someone in a sexual manner without consent. The penalties can be extremely severe and include registration in the provincial and federal sex offender registries.

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Internet Crimes

Internet crimes, also known as cyber-crimes, occur online. This type of offence involves the use of a device and a network. Some of the crimes classified under this offence include revenge porn, child pornography, cyber-bullying, and other similar offences.

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Child Sex Crimes

Child Sex Assault

Child sex assault is sexual assault of a person under the age of 16. The penalties can be extremely severe and include registration in the provincial and federal sex offender registries.

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Bail Hearings

For some offences, after being arrested and charged, the person will not be released by police, but will instead be held in custody to await a bail hearing. The bail hearing will determine if the person can remain at liberty while the case is processed by the criminal justice system. Not getting released on bail means staying in jail while your case plays out in the court process. You only get one shot at a bail hearing.

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Dangerous Driving

Dangerous driving or “Dangerous Operation” results when someone operates a vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to the public. If convicted, penalties include a mandatory licence suspension and may include significant jail time.

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Driving While Prohibited

Driving while prohibited in Newcastle and other parts of Canada, is the offence of driving while under a court order not to because you were convicted of a criminal offence that carries a driving prohibition as one of its penalties, for example a DUI offence. The penalties for this offence usually include jail.

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Drug charges typically involve the supplying, importing, exporting, growing, manufacturing, trafficking or possessing of those substances listed in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). The CDSA lists both hard and soft drugs, including heroin, cocaine, “magic mushrooms,” marijuana (in quantities above a certain amount) as well as other substances including precursors to listed drugs. The penalties will vary depending on the type of drug charge and the type and amount of drugs. At the high end are significant terms of imprisonment.

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A breach is an act of breaking a law or agreement. It indicates incompliance and disregard for the specified conditions. Breaches of probation or breaches of bail are criminal violations, and failing to adhere to its stipulated guidelines is subject to significant penalties.

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weapon charges


There are many types of weapons offences as the use of firearms in particular is highly regulated in Canada. Besides the more obvious offences such as using firearms to harm others or possessing illegal firearms, there are also offences that capture the unsafe handling of legally owned firearms. Other objects are also classified as weapons as for example brass knuckles or flick knives. An item that may have a perfectly legitimate use, such as a knife, can in some circumstances be considered a weapon. Convictions for weapons charges in Newcastle, and elsewhere in Ontario, usually result in severe penalties.

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Break and Enter and Property Crimes

This offence consists of breaking and entering into a place with an intent to commit an indictable offence or actually committing an indictable offence in the place.

Property offences, as the name suggests, are offences against someone’s property. Some examples of property offences are arson, burglary, vandalism, theft of personal property, and motor vehicle theft.

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Young Offenders

In Canada, criminal offences committed by young people under the age of 18, are dealt with under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). While the offences with which young people under 18 can be charged are the same as for adults, the processes of the criminal justice system and the potential consequences, are different for young people.

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Your Objectives Are Our Mission

When searching for a lawyer to defend you, it is imperative that you find a lawyer who has significant experience in the relevant area of law. If you have been charged with a criminal offence, you need a criminal lawyer and you need one who has solid experience with your particular type of criminal charges.

Fortunately, the lawyers of the firm of Aitken Robertson collectively have over 100 years of experience defending clients and successfully navigating the legal system. Our team is equipped with lawyers who have substantial experience defending a plethora of criminal allegations.

In conjunction with our experience, our lawyers continue to obtain ongoing education. We remain attuned to updated procedures and legislation.

We are dedicated to helping you achieve a suitable resolution. Our criminal lawyers in Newcastle will work assiduously to build a sound defence for you. We offer reliable and convenient legal services. Ask us about our flexible and interest-free payment plans. Call us to book a free 30-minute consultation.

Our Newcastle Area Team

Richard Aitken criminal lawyer

Richard Aitken

Managing Lawyer
Edmund Chan - Criminal Lawyer

Edmund Chan

Sole Practitioner Lawyer Affiliated with Aitken Robertson
Roshni Gopaul - Criminal Defence Lawyer

Roshni Gopaul

Sole Practitioner Lawyer Affiliated with Aitken Robertson
Jami Sanftleben - Paralegal

Jami Sanftleben

Licensed Paralegal
carol betz - paralegal

Carol Betz

Licensed Paralegal
melanie van aarde

Melanie Van Aarde

Sole Practitioner Licensed Paralegal Affiliated with Aitken Robertson
Shan Burns

Shan Burns

Accounts / Administrative Assistant / Assistant to Phil Stiles
Susan Cornett

Susan Cornett

Financial Administrative Assistant
Kim Playford

Kim Playford

Administrative Assistant / Editor

Court Information for Criminal Offences in Newcastle

If you are charged with a criminal offence in Newcastle, your case will be heard at the Oshawa courthouse (the Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel S. Sharpe, DSO, MP Courthouse). It is located at 150 Bond Street East in Oshawa. At this courthouse, hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The public counter hours are from are 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., as well as 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

If you drive to this courthouse there are options available or parking. Some of these include:

Depending on the length of time spent in court, recesses and lunch breaks will be called at the judge’s discretion. There are various restaurants, and cafés close by:

  • Thai Culture, offering a menu filled with traditional Malaysian dishes
  • Avanti, serving Italian foods such mussels, antipasto misto, lasagna, and ravioli.
  • Kenzo Ramen, a Japanese Noodle House offering various ramen dishes

More About Newcastle and Criminal Law

Newcastle is a community located in the Municipality of Clarington, which is situated in Durham Region. Since its initial settlers arrived here, Newcastle has grown considerably and yet it retains its historical roots.

One of the most recognized families that live here is the Lovekin family, who have been here since Richard Lovekin settled in Clarke Township in 1796. As the years progressed, other settlers arrived, eventually leading to the establishment of Newcastle.

Over the years, Newcastle has grown to include various landmarks, which are quite well-known. One in particular that has stood out for its natural amenities is Thurne Parks Conservation Area. Here, you can partake in fishing, bird watching, and capture its scenic view by snapping a photo.

Is There a Strong Sense of Community Here?

Newcastle communityThe consensus seems to be that there is a strong sense of community. According to the Baird Team, a realty group located in Durham Region, “Newcastle is an “under-appreciated gem on the shores of Lake Ontario […] with small town appeal.”

The DSR Group, another realtor, expresses similar sentiments about Newcastle. They suggest that individuals living in this town are proud of where they live and that Newmarket offers a close-knit community where people are supportive of one another. Here, individuals can “shake hands with the person who pulled your ingredients out of the ground,” hence keeping them connected to nature and their neighbours.

What Are the Incidents of Crime Here? Also, Which Types?

According to recent Newcastle news, a troubling situation arose back in February. This occurrence involved suspects placing racist posters around the Durham region. Newcastle was one of the towns that were targeted during this spree.

However, the occurrence left citizens of Newcastle upset and troubled by these displays. Although information about the perpetrator is unknown, this occurrence had its impact on the community.

Reasons for Hate Crimes?

Newcastle hate crimesDespite this incident, and interference should not be drawn that Newcastle is riddled with such crimes. However, after reading this article, someone may pose the question, “Why do hate crimes occur?

Based on psychological analysis—specifically as highlighted by the American Psychological Association (APA), “hate crimes are an extreme form of prejudice that is made more likely in the context of political and social change.”

The APA posited that public and political discussions may “devalue members of unfamiliar groups.” Hence offenders may react out of “fear, ignorance, or anger,” leading to targeted aggression.

The APA’s analysis could, at least partially, explain the actions of the offenders in the Newmarket incident.


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