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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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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Aitken Robertson Criminal Lawyers – Meeting Place in Scarborough
For over 35 years Aitken Robertson has provided Ontarians with effective and affordable criminal defence.
Our accomplished trial lawyers and team in Scarborough have experience in a variety of cases including:
- Impaired Driving,
- Drug Offences,
- Mischief and
- Breach of Recognizance and Probation.
Aitken Robertson operates in a team oriented manner. All of our lawyers are constantly collaborating with their colleagues, as well as the firm’s paralegals, clerks, administrators, and law students. The firm’s founder, Richard Aitken, personally mentors and advises each lawyer on an ongoing basis. In over three decades of practising criminal law he has defended clients with a wide range of charges, including:
- Impaired Driving Causing Serious Bodily Harm,
- Flight from Police,
- Drugs, and
- A variety of firearms offences.
Aitken Robertson’s lawyers believe that everyone should be able to hire defence counsel they can rely on without the stress of constantly growing legal fees. That’s why we charge with a flat fee billing system, rather than on a billable hours system. Through a free 30-minute consultation our lawyers determine what the cost of your defence will be, so you know what the fees will be before you hire us, removing a lot of the stress of waiting for the final bill. If paying the fees all at once would be too difficult we also offer interest free payment plans, customized to each client to allow you to fund your defence with a series of modest payments instead of needing a large lump sum.
Schedule a free 30-minute consultation and meet with our team in Scarborough at 3660 Midland Ave. We can meet with you in-person, by telephone, or virtually (using Zoom or Google Meet). For no cost we’ll provide you with our opinion on what outcomes you can reasonably expect in your case, discuss the options you have for defences, and provide you with a total cost. We want all of our clients to have all the information necessary to confidently choose legal counsel.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s impossible to give a broad answer to that. It varies case-by-case, depending on the charge, the evidence the Crown has, what your desired outcome is, etc. A provincial offence handled by a paralegal in a short period of time costs less than months of preparation for a major criminal trial by a team of lawyers. We recommend you contact us for a free 30-minute consultation to let us learn more about your case and expectations, that way we can provide you with a cost.
We recognize that often when you’re in the midst of a criminal charge you may also be in the midst of financial hardships. That’s why we offer our interest free payment plan, so that you can make small installment payments over a long period of time, rather than needing to pay your entire legal fee upfront.
While our hours of operation are 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday, we recognize that scheduling conflicts, travel difficulties, and legal barriers, can prevent you from meeting with us for a consultation. If something is preventing you from meeting at our office during our business hours call us to let us know, we would be happy to accommodate you. We would rather hear about your case by telephone than not get the chance to hear from you at all.
Yes, don’t panic about the difficulty of your case. Our team has successfully defended clients charged with a full range of offences, from provincial traffic infractions to impaired driving causing death. The Crown must meet a heavy burden to convict– they need to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. We can create that reasonable doubt by having evidence obtained in violation of your rights deemed inadmissible or by finding inconsistencies in witness testimony, just to name a few methods. If you contact us for a free 30-minute consultation our lawyers will give you a realistic explanation of the outcomes that can be reached in your case.
Once you’ve hired a lawyer, they can appear on your behalf for most of your court dates. Things like adjourning your case while we negotiate with the Crown don’t require you to be in the court room. If there is a day you need to be in court we’ll let you know in advance.
Yes! You visit one of the following businesses to have an Interlock ignition installed:
33 William Kitchen Road, Unit J6
1371 Kennedy Road
Directly across the street from our building you’ll find plenty of restaurants, including Chinese food, noodles, and BBQ.
Scarborough Area Criminal Law Resources
Ontario Court of Justice, Scarborough
For provincial offences, such as traffic tickets.
1911 Eglinton Ave. East
Telephone: (800) 518-7901
Crown Attorney’s Office, Scarborough
1911 Eglinton Ave. East
Telephone: (416) 325-0342
Youth Criminal Court, Toronto
311 Jarvis St.
Recent Scarborough Area Cases & Success Stories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fun Facts About Scarborough
The Toronto Zoo, located in Scarborough, often houses Giant Pandas.
The escarpment of the Scarborough Bluffs is over 100 meters above Lake Ontario and runs for over 15 kilometers along the edge of the lake.
Scarborough is home to Ontario’s first community college, Centennial, which opened in 1966.