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Some of the Criminal Allegations We Defend Against in North York

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.
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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.
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assaults
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.
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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.
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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.
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bail
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 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 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

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: Mischief Under $5000

The client and the complainant are neighbouring property owners who have been embroiled in disputes concerning their property boundaries and a recently erected fence. During the early fall, the accused, who was before the court, left her own residence equipped with a hammer. She then entered her neighbour’s yard, proceeding to the rear of the property, where she commenced damaging a shared wooden fence.

CASE STUDY: Theft Over $5,000 in Toronto

Our client found himself in trouble with the law when he was accused by his employer of stealing over $16,000. He was charged with theft over $5,000.

CASE STUDY: Impaired Driving Charges

Our client, Mr. M, was charged with impaired driving and driving with a blood alcohol concentration of over 80mg alcohol per 100mL of blood. Witnesses to the alleged offence claimed that he had been speeding and weaving in a parking lot. When police arrived at the scene, Mr. M was arrested and brought back to the police station, where he allegedly provided a breath sample above the legal limit.

CASE STUDY: Impaired Driving and Failure to Comply Charges

Our client, Mr. B, had been out on bail for a previous criminal charge when he found himself in more trouble. He was charged with driving while impaired by a drug and failure to comply with a release order. He was accused of speeding and weaving, and there was an alleged altercation with a civilian witness at the scene.

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: 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: 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: Over 80

Our client, Mr. N, was a hard working 23 year old man, employed as a bricklayer. It was essential to our client that he keep his driver’s licence so that he could travel from job to jobs sites in the Chatham area.

CASE STUDY: Care and Control / Over 80 mg Dismissal

A security guard at a hydro project got a call in the middle of the night from a group of people who said that their truck had slid off the road and needed a tow. He called the police. When the police arrived they found a pickup full of people, completely off the road, in a snow bank. They found sealed cans of Budweiser in the bushes and some cans in the roadway.

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.

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