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1000 Finch Avenue West,
Suite 600
North York, Ontario
M3J 2V5



Monday – Friday
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

After Hours & Weekends By Appointment

Reach Us 24/7
at 1-800-668-1657


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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Aitken Robertson Criminal Law Office in North York

Only a few steps away from the North York Ontario Court of Justice, Aitken Robertson proudly provides the community with a team of experienced, supportive, and affordable criminal trial lawyers.

Clients at our North York location will work primarily with lawyer Edmund Chan, a litigator with decades of experience in cases of DUIs, sexual assault, fraud, theft, mischief and breach of recognizance and probation. Edmund is aided by paralegal Jami Sanftleben, who provide advice and services to clients facing provincial and regulatory offences. All of our staff are guided by founding lawyer Richard Aitken, who brings over 35 years of criminal law experience to the aid of his clients.

Aitken Robertson ensure its services are available to all clients, regardless of financial status, by offering flat rate billing and interest free payment plans. Through our free 30-minute consultations, our lawyers assess your case to help you understand what outcomes are possible as well as the cost of your defence. To keep the stress of paying legal fees down, our interest free payment plans allow you to pay in smaller installments over a long period of time, rather than all at once. Our goal is to make navigating the legal system as manageable as possible for you.

Our lawyers are available for free consultations at 1000 Finch Ave West, Suite 600, North York. Contact us to set up a meeting (in-person, by telephone, or virtually by Zoom or Google Meet), so we can begin fighting your charges.

Our Team In North York

Edmund Chan - Criminal Lawyer

Edmund Chan

Sole Practitioner Lawyer Affiliated with Aitken Robertson
Edmund has been an Ontario Lawyer for over 25 years and is one of the most experienced Impaired Driving Defence Lawyers in the Province, having handled thousands of Impaired/Over 80 cases, and many other types of Criminal Charges.
Jami Sanftleben - Paralegal

Jami Sanftleben

Hi there, my name is Jami. I am the main litigation paralegal at Aitken Robertson. I appear in Provincial Offences Act matters in all courts in all of Ontario. I also represent people before administrative bodies such as the Licence Appeal Tribunal in regards to various types of licence suspensions. I always fight for the best results for our firm’s valued clients. If you would like to get in touch with me, feel free to call us toll-free at 1-800-668-1657 today, or fill in a form on our firm’s website to book a free 30-minute consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

We certainly can. While our business hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm we understand that other commitments may make it impossible to schedule a consultation during these hours. Options such as telephone consultations allow us to accommodate these barriers. Call our office to discuss how we can make a consultation work within your availability.

Once you’ve hired us to represent you, you won’t necessarily need to go to every court date. We can often go on your behalf to handle things like adjournments. If you’ll need to be in court on a given day, we’ll let you know.

There is a Greek restaurant in the same building, and just across the road you’ll find Chinese food, Turkish food, shawarma, and a sports bar.

Yes, it’s important for you to obtain legal counsel as early as possible even if you think your case is unwinnable. An experienced criminal lawyer will view the case differently and may see plenty of options for a defence. For example, you might be worried that the police obtained highly incriminating evidence, but our lawyers will look not only at what the evidence is but how it was obtained. If the police violated one of your constitutional rights when obtaining the evidence, it may be deemed inadmissible, weakening the Crown’s case severely. Schedule a free 30-minute consultation so we can provide you with clear expectations about how strong the case against you is.

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Recent North York Cases & Success Stories

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Domestic Assault

When an incident happens between two people in private, the case is often a complicated battle between two sides of the story.

CASE STUDY: Plea Down to Careless Driving – Over 80, Impaired

Mr. M was charged with operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 80 and over mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood and operating a vehicle impaired in the city of Milton.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Domestic Assault

The Crown agreed that it was a small incident and that it would be best to avoid criminal sanctions. Community service was discussed, and in the end, the Crown agreed to a peace bond.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn for Peace Bond – Uttering Threats

The Crown agreed to a common law peace bond. While it was not Mr. B’s ideal goal, it did result in a withdrawal of the charges in exchange for an agreement to be of good behaviour.

CASE STUDY: Charge Withdrawn – Refusal to Provide a Breath Sample

Mr. M, a US military veteran and long-time law enforcement officer, was crossing the border into Canada to visit a casino in Niagara.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Shoplifting (Theft Under $5,000)

While shopping at a Sephora, Ms. N purchased some product, but concealed others and left the store without paying. She had never done anything criminal before; her record was completely clean.

CASE STUDY: Pled Down to Careless Driving from Over 80

The case went to trial, during which the Crown decided to offer a deal: if Mr. Z would plead guilty to careless driving, the charges of Over 80 would be dropped.

CASE STUDY: Stay of Proceedings and Amending YPS Privacy Policies – Over 80

The outcome of Ms. M’s trial was not only a victory for Ms. M herself, but also for all those detained by the York Regional Police moving forward.

CASE STUDY: Charge Withdrawn – Impaired Operation of a Conveyance

While the two approached their vehicle the plan was not to drive, but to retrieve Stag tickets to sell to their friends, and then to wait for a friend to pick them up. In fact, Mr. R still had an active tab in the bar at the time and had planned to return to the bar before leaving to pay it, and could not leave until he did so. Unaware of this, security called the police.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn for Peace Bond – Mischief Under $5,000

Mr. R was detained by security guards at an entertainment venue late one August evening after he and another party were separated for a consensual fight. Mr. R was injured after the fight and was treated for his injuries by EMS, but subsequently placed in the venue’s holding cells. Security alleges that while Mr. R was in the holding cell he repeatedly kicked the door, damaging both the door and the frame.

CASE STUDY: Charges Dismissed Mid Trial for Peace Bond – Sexual Assault

Facebook messages combined with an effective cross examination of the complainant on the first day of trial proved compelling. The Crown agreed to drop the charges if Mr. A was willing to sign a peace bond. He did so happily.

CASE STUDY: Charges Dismissed – Indecent Assault on a Male and Administering Noxious Thing

The story the complainant gave was filled with contradictions; both internal contradictions, and contradictions with the stories of the rest of the family. That said, the majority of the defence relied upon the uncorroborated evidence of the accused and other members of the family, making the case more complex.

What North York Clients Say About Us

After leaving a Christmas Party in Dec of 2014, I was pulled over and asked to provide a Breath Sample. I failed that Road Side Breath Sample, was charged with refusing to provide a breath sample at the station and spent a period of time in the cells. After being released, I had to make the necessary choice of selecting legal representation. After reviewing a number of firms, I opted to select Aitken Robertson because of their courteous staff and reputation.

I had the pleasure of having Edmund Chan as my defense lawyer. Edmund is a very well received and informed professional, with years of experience. I was facing a year without my license and having to install a breathalyzer in my vehicle thereafter. This would have ruined my career, increase my stress levels and overall, monetarily.

Edmund decided we use the collaboration of the breath sampling machine as our main defense due to it not being collaborated properly. The result of the matter was that the Crown dismissed the charges due to Edmund’s devastating and jarring questioning.

I couldn’t be happier with the result and have since felt the weight of the world release. I would urge anyone in the precarious circumstances to let Aitken Robertson defend you and your livelihood.

Everyone at Aitken Robertson proved their worth at every engagement. Kind, understanding and respectful. Ultimately, they were trying their best to accomplish a satisfied client. Even at the beginning, they supplied me with their book, which highlighted a lot of the feelings and emotions I was encountering, in turn defusing a lot of those feelings. Although you may not win, you certainly have a very chance with Aitken Robertson.

–C.C., Aitken Robertson Client

Fun Facts About North York

North York became an officially chartered city on Valentine’s Day. This is the origin of the city’s motto, “The City with Heart”.

The late Tim Horton, the founder of the popular coffee shop chain, is buried in the York Cemetery.

Osgoode Hall Law School, named for the first Chief Justice of Upper Canada, is located in in North York. Richard Aitken, the founder of Aitken Robertson, graduated from Osgoode Hall in 1982.


We're here for all criminal offences including sexual offences, driving offences, violent offences, white collar crime and drug offences.