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Some of the Criminal Allegations We Defend Against in Scarborough

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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-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.

Our Scarborough Criminal Law Team

Richard Aitken criminal lawyer

Richard Aitken

Managing Lawyer
Jami Sanftleben - Paralegal

Jami Sanftleben

Licensed Paralegal
melanie van aarde

Melanie Van Aarde

Sole Practitioner Licensed Paralegal Affiliated with Aitken Robertson

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.

For further assistance with legal fees, contact a legal aid clinic or consider applying for the Ontario Legal Aid Program.

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:

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

Speedy Glass
1371 Kennedy Road
Scarborough, ON
M1P 2L7

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
Scarborough, ON
M1L 4P4
Telephone: (800) 518-7901

Crown Attorney’s Office, Scarborough

1911 Eglinton Ave. East
Scarborough, ON
M1L 4P4
Telephone: (416) 325-0342

Youth Criminal Court, Toronto

311 Jarvis St.
Toronto, ON
M5B 2C4

Recent Scarborough Area 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.


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.

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.


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