Call to the Bar, Ontario, 1984
B.A., Trent University (History), 1979
LL. B., Osgoode Hall, York University, 1982
At law school, Richard Aitken studied mainly business courses, but early in his legal career, he was approached by the local Crown Attorney to assist as a part-time Assistant Crown Attorney. As he gained experience, he focused more on a criminal practice. Over the years this focus shifted more and more to include cases involving Impaired Driving, the area of law that now forms the bulk of the Aitken Robertson practice.
With over 33 years of experience as a criminal lawyer, Mr. Aitken has taken thousands of impaired driving cases to trial, often with considerable success.
Mr. Aitken is one of the few Canadian members of the renowned National College for DUI Defense (NCDD). He has extensive training on Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Drug Recognition Evaluation and DUI trial tactics, attending 3 training conferences in 2013.
In November 2014, Mr. Aitken brought the Aitken Robertson team to Atlanta, Georgia for further DUI tactics training and further training on both the Intoxilyzer 5000C and 8000C breath testing instruments. This particular course was put on specifically for Mr. Aitken and his team of lawyers. The lead instructor was Mr. Bubba Head – one of the best DUI attorney’s in the United States.
In addition to his training received in Atlanta in 2014, from November 5 to November 8, 2015, he once again attended Atlanta, Georgia for the National College of DUI Defence’s (NCDD) multi-day program on metrology. Metrology is the science of measurement and is critical for understanding the proper operation and deficiencies of breath testing instruments such as the Intoxilyzer 8000c.