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Richard Aitken - Criminal Lawyer
Recent Successes

“Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.” Sun Tzu


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.

From March 2 to March 5, 2016, Mr. Aitken took his team of DUI lawyers to a three-day course on the operation of the Intoxilyzer 800C – the instrument used most frequently by the police in the Province of Ontario. This course was held by some more of the most prestigious and renowned attorneys, experts, and programming engineer in North America.  Later, in May of 2016, Mr. Aitken completed “Serious Science for Serious Lawyers: Advanced Course in Blood Alcohol Analysis and Trial Advocacy”, which was held in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Enrolment was limited to twenty lawyers and Mr. Aitken was the only Canadian lawyer present.  There is not a more advanced course in all of the United States or Canada.

Most recently, Mr. Aitken completed the “Scientific Evidence in Breath Test Cases” from July 7 to July 9, 2016 in Montreal, QC.

In January of 2019, Richard Aitken was one of 3 Canadians (the other two being from British Columbia) to attend the National College of DUI Defense Winter Semester Course.  This year it focused on Drug Recognition Evaluation.  The importance of the course relates to the newly introduced Canadian Criminal Code legislation dealing with impaired by drugs.  The course, which one hundred people attended in person, and was otherwise live streamed throughout North America, was held over two days.  A series of experts taught the participants how 12 steps the police need to undertake to ensure that any conclusion they draw as to drug impairment, is valid.  Participants were able to watch three live demonstrations of subjects dosed with various sorts of drugs such as marijuana, opiates, and tranquilizers, be tested to determine the nature of the drug in their system.  This was a valuable course, training lawyers how to best cross examine drug recognition experts on how the tests were conducted.

Historically, he acquired the practices of Harry Robertson and John Robertson Q.C. and founded Aitken Robertson Barristers & Solicitors in 1999, eventually bringing in other lawyers to assist him in building a successful firm.

He is proud of a number of noteworthy cases. One summary conviction appeal, prepared by colleague Edwin Boeve, was argued by Aitken at Superior Court, a case which dramatically changed the law regarding when an accused must be given rights to counsel. Mr. Aitken handles most of the firm’s Oshawa cases.

“As a child it was the hope of my parents and grandparents that I would be a lawyer,” he says. “Fortunately, it has turned into a career that I love.”

Richard Aitken is a lawyer and is licensed by the Law Society of Ontario.

Testimonials / Reviews for Mr. Aitken

Highly Recommend Richard Aitken

"I was faced with several criminal charges, and dealing with substance abuse issues for which I am receiving treatment.  During this time I had to be off work.  Aitken Robertson have always been very understanding and supportive during this very...Read More

Criminal Lawyer (Review)

"It's never a nice feeling having to choose a criminal defence lawyer, but a quick google search will show the team at Aitken and Robertson to have the highest ratings in the Oshawa area. I was able to meet directly...Read More

Over 80 mg Reduced to Careless Driving – Ajax

"I  was charged with over 80 in December last year in Ajax. I hired Richard Aitken in Aitken Robertson. I was very relieved when I got careless. The price is very reasonable for the charge. The firm's staff is very...Read More

Over 80 Victory at Trial

"I work as a brick layer and my truck is important to my line of work.  I was charged with operating a motor vehicle with over 80mg [of alcohol] in 2016. I decided to get a lawyer to help save...Read More

Impaired Boating Reduced to Careless Boating

"I was charged with impaired boating. If I lost, Crown was asking for 4 months in jail and a lifetime driving ban. My lawyer Richard Aitken was able to convince the Crown in a plea bargain to instead accept careless...Read More

Criminal Offence Reduced – No Criminal Record

"I was charged with blood alcohol over 0.8 in Oshawa, Ontario. It is the first that I have been charged or arrested. After doing a lot on-line research I found Aitken Robertson. The reviews were excellent, so I contacted the...Read More

Over 80mg Reduced to Careless Driving

"I was charged with over 80 in Pickering, Ontario and the matter was brought up in Oshawa Court. Richard Aitken of Aitken Robertson was able to get that reduced to a careless driving traffic ticket and $500 fine. I am...Read More

Over 80 Resulting in Careless Driving

“I was charged with Over 80 this year. I was concerned about a criminal record, losing driver’s licence and job, etc. I googled and found Aitken Robertson. Had free consultation and retained their services. I was never criminally charged before....Read More

Special Thanks

“I was arrested at 6:30 PM on Sunday night (Mischief CCC430) and I was in Richards office at 2:00 PM the next day. Less than 24 hrs. I was a mess, absolutely petrified and had a very hard time trying...Read More

Impaired Driving Matter

“Richard Aitken represented me in an impaired driving matter in a most professional manner. I would recommend his experience and services without reservation. His guidance and efforts helped me get an acquittal against overwhelming adversities.” – B.O.

Over 80 Charge

“I was facing an Over 80 charge. They said I was twice the legal limit. I had a prior impaired conviction 5 or 6 years ago. My career and lifestyle were on the line. After meeting with three other lawyers,...Read More

Bail Hearing and Beyond

“On November 16th, 2010 I made a call to Richard Aitken’s office, not knowing what I was up against for a charge that I truly did not understand. It was the best call I have ever made! The prompt service...Read More

Failure to Provide a Breath Sample

“My name is C. I’m a 40 year old man with a full time career, a loving wife and 3 wonderful children. In the spring of 2011, my life was turned upside down when I was criminally charged with “Failure...Read More

Possession of an Illegal Drug

“On August 19, 2014, I was charged with possession of an illegal drug in the City of Whitby, Ontario. I contact Mr. Aitken right away regarding the matter. We discussed the matter over the phone, where he presented me with...Read More

Care and Control and Impaired Driving

“On New Years Eve 2012 , I was out celebrating with friends. One thing led to another I was charged with Care and Control and Impaired Driving. I hired Richard Aitken as my lawyer which turned out to be the...Read More

Assault Charges

“I was charged with assault in Uxbridge, Ontario and I hired Mr. Richard Aitken as my lawyer. My representation was superior in a professional manner, strongly based on company integrity, with open means of communication which extended to all individuals...Read More

Impaired Driving and Over 80 Charges

“I was charged in Port Perry, Ontario with Impaired Driving and Over 80 mg in June of 2014. Mr. Richard Aitken was the lawyer that dealt with my case. Due to my prior three DUI convictions, the Crown was seeking...Read More

Driving While Suspended

“Recently, while travelling on Hwy 401 near Whitby, I was charged with driving while suspended. This was very traumatic. I was very unsure of my future. The arresting officer suggested that jail time was a very good possibility. Through investigations,...Read More

Impaired Driving / Over 80 Charges

“I was charged with impaired driving and over 80 in August 2014. Richard Aitken took on my case personally because I was facing these charges for a second time. Most concerning, I was facing a minimum 30 day jail penalty....Read More

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