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3660 Midland Avenue
Scarborough, Ontario
M1B 0B8


Monday – Friday
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
By Appointment

After Hours & Weekend Appointments Available Also

Reach Us 24/7
at 1-800-668-1657


We offer free 30-minute initial consultations to individuals in Scarborough. Our criminal defence lawyers are available to review your case at one of our conveniently located offices or meeting places.

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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.

Most of our clients in Scarborough are looked after by Justin Marchand, an accomplished trial lawyer with experience in a variety of cases including:

While Justin works with most of our Scarborough clients directly, 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.

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: 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: Charges Withdrawn – Domestic Assault

The Crown agreed that it was a small incident and that it would be best to avoid criminal sanctions. Community service was discussed, and in the end, the Crown agreed to a peace bond.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn for Peace Bond – Uttering Threats

The Crown agreed to a common law peace bond. While it was not Mr. B’s ideal goal, it did result in a withdrawal of the charges in exchange for an agreement to be of good behaviour.

CASE STUDY: Charge Withdrawn – Refusal to Provide a Breath Sample

Mr. M, a US military veteran and long-time law enforcement officer, was crossing the border into Canada to visit a casino in Niagara.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Shoplifting (Theft Under $5,000)

While shopping at a Sephora, Ms. N purchased some product, but concealed others and left the store without paying. She had never done anything criminal before; her record was completely clean.

CASE STUDY: Pled Down to Careless Driving from Over 80

The case went to trial, during which the Crown decided to offer a deal: if Mr. Z would plead guilty to careless driving, the charges of Over 80 would be dropped.

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: Charge Withdrawn – Impaired Operation of a Conveyance

While the two approached their vehicle the plan was not to drive, but to retrieve Stag tickets to sell to their friends, and then to wait for a friend to pick them up. In fact, Mr. R still had an active tab in the bar at the time and had planned to return to the bar before leaving to pay it, and could not leave until he did so. Unaware of this, security called the police.

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: Charges Dismissed – Indecent Assault on a Male and Administering Noxious Thing

The story the complainant gave was filled with contradictions; both internal contradictions, and contradictions with the stories of the rest of the family. That said, the majority of the defence relied upon the uncorroborated evidence of the accused and other members of the family, making the case more complex.

What Scarborough Clients Say About Us

Enna Nikolas
Enna Nikolas
My son was charged with impaired driving and thought he would be unable to afford representation. Because of the very reasonable payment plan offered by Susan at Aitken Robertson, he was able to retain Justin Marchand who got the charges reduced. Thanks to Justin's expertise and Susan's empathetic... approach, he came out of this frightening experience without a criminal more

“I was charged with over 80 and Impaired driving in Toronto for the first time. Me being a Truck Driver, you can imagine how scared i was. I did little research and came across the website for Aitken Robertson and liked what i saw so i gave them a call. After my first conversation with Justin Marchand, he made me understand everything about my case and gave me so much hope plus with the payment options they offered me, it was a no brainer picking them for my case. Throughout my whole process Justin and Lisa were understanding of my situation and made my process so much comfortable for me. After my not guilty verdict there is no way i wouldn’t recommend them for anyone in need of a good lawyer or firm. They fight for their clients!” – Aitken Robertson Client

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.


We're here for all criminal offences including sexual offences, driving offences, violent offences, white collar crime and drug offences.