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North York Criminal Lawyers - Meeting Place

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

Aitken Robertson Criminal Lawyers 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 paralegals Brenda Yu and 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 or by telephone, so we can begin fighting your charges.

What One of Our North York Clients Has Said About Us

What One of Our North York Clients Has Said 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

Our Team In North York

Edmund Chan - Criminal Lawyer

Edmund Chan

Edmund Chan has been practising criminal law in Ontario for over two decades. His practice is primarily focused on cases of impaired driving, but he also handles the majority of Aitken Robertson’s severe cases, including impaired driving causing death and child pornography. Edmund is fluent in both English and Cantonese, and is able to provide legal services to clients in either language.

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Richard Aitken - Criminal Lawyer

Richard Aitken

Lawyer and Founder
Richard Aitken has been practising criminal law for over 35 years, defending clients charged with a range of offences, from impaired driving causing death to domestic assault. With thousands of trials worth of experience, he provides guidance to the Aitken Robertson team. Richard believes in providing his clients with blunt honesty while handling their case so that they can make properly informed decisions.

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Brenda Yu

Paralegal and IT Director
Brenda Yu’s organized nature makes her highly effective at providing legal advice and services for provincial and regulatory offences and managing Aitken Robertson’s technology. She also assists Richard Aitken and Justin Marchand. Brenda has been with the firm for nearly a decade. Brenda is fluent in both English and Mandarin and is able to provide her services in either language.

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Jami Stanftleben

After completing his practice hours for his paralegal licensing with Aitken Robertson Jami Sanftleben stayed on as a fulltime member of the team. Jami represents clients charged with provincial and regulatory offences all over Ontario.

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  • I can’t make it to a consultation before 5:00 p.m., can we schedule one after 5:00 p.m.?

    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.

  • I can’t make it to a court date, what do I do?

    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.

  • Is there somewhere near your North York meeting place where I can get lunch?

    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.

  • I’m worried my case is “unwinnable,” is it even worth hiring a lawyer?

    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.

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

    There are a few nearby places to have an Interlock Ignition installed:

    Visions Electronics
    33 William Kitchen Road, Unit J6
    Scarborough, ON
    M1P 5B7

    Speedy Glass
    1371 Kennedy Road
    Scarborough, ON
    M1P 2L7

    Visions Electronics
    67 Colossus Drive, Unit D55
    L4L 9J8

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.

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