Ontario Criminal, DUI and Impaired Driving Lawyers
Other Offices: Kingston (ON) Oshawa (ON)
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Law Firm OverviewAitken Robertson Professional Corporation is a criminal defence law firm that specializes in professional legal representation and looking out for the best interests of their clients when it comes to fighting impaired driving charges, DUI and other criminal matters.
We are experienced criminal lawyers.
Established in 1984, our lawyers have over 70 years of combined experience. Aitken Robertson attorneys are experts in DUI - drinking and driving charges. Criminal charges are a serious matter best represented by a specialized legal firm. We have 3 full service offices Ė Oshawa, Peterborough, and Kingston Ontario, together with satellite offices in Toronto, Scarborough, North York, Whitby, Belleville and Ajax, Ontario.
Our commitment to you is high quality investigation and representation Ė to protect your interests in achieving a positive outcome in court. Aitken Robertsonís legal team offers experienced and dedicated criminal law representation for those charged with serious driving and other offences all across the province of Ontario.
At Aitken Robertson, we are skilled in impaired driving defenses. Our talented, proven and dedicated staff will ease your stress and assist you through this difficult time. We use an aggressive and unique team approach in which all of our lawyers play an active role in each case at the firm. Our lawyers are experienced and two are Qualified Breath Technicians on both the Intoxilyzer 5000C and 8000C. Some of our others have experience on the Approved Instruments used in breath testing.
Richard J. Aitken, Nathan Baker, D. Edwin Boeve, Edmund Chan and Jay Nadarajah believe that when a person is charged with a criminal offense, they deserve to be represented by lawyers who will provide a vigorous defense. Each case is evaluated individually and every available resource is used to try and achieve the most favorable outcome for you, the accused. They also recognize the cost incurred, therefore Aitken Robertson provides flexible fee arrangements. Having our pool of talent of 6 lawyers working on your file gives you the advantage of six unique perspectives and still at the cost of a single lawyer.
If you are looking for an attorney to assist with your drunk driving charge, impaired charge or DUI charge, you would be well represented by our experienced lawyers. While our primary focus is impaired driving, Aitken Robertson also represents clients in criminal appeals, assault, sex assault, and drug trials, to name a few.
Lastly, please feel free to visit our website to request a free copy of our books, written by the lawyers at Aitken Robertson, about the areas of impaired driving and regular criminal law.
Year this Office was Established: 1984
Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Bail Hearings; Impaired Boating; Mischief; Young Offenders; Criminal Appeals; Careless Driving; Driving With a Suspended License; Failing to Remain at the Scene of an Accident; Failing to Stop for a Police Officer; Follow too Close; Racing, Contesting or Performing Stunts; Seat Belt; Speeding; Impaired Driving.
Areas of Law Description
At Aitken Robertson, we are committed to providing excellence in legal representation and criminal defence in Canada. We believe that our clients deserve the best legal defence when fighting serious driving charges such as drinking and driving, dangerous driving and careless driving. Aitken Robertson has offices serving the Oshawa, Peterborough and Kingston areas, together with satellite offices in Toronto, Ajax and Lindsay.
We appear in Courts throughout Southern, Central and Eastern Ontario, and do not charge for mileage. Our team of legal experts in Canadian impaired driving law and other serious driving violations in Ontario, works together to defend clients charged with these driving offences. While our primary focus is impaired driving and impaired boating, Aitken Robertson, also represents clients in other criminal matters, for example: assault, sex assault and drug trials and criminal appeals.
Mr. Richard J. Aitken
Criminal Defense, Criminal Law
- Criminal Lawyers Association
- Peterborough Law Association
- National College for DUI Defense
- The Law Society of Upper Canada
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First Court Appearances
Itís not like in the movies. Itís not like in the United States, where a plea is entered, where information is brought forward, and where there is a preliminary hearing.
In Canada, a first appearance date is very often, and almost always, just a placeholder date so that information can be obtained by your lawyer, from the Crown, and then a meeting is set up with the Crown to discuss the case. Very little actually happens, contrary to common belief and to the disappointment to a lot of clients, if often takes longer than expected to deal with these matters.
Often, it takes 30 to 60 days to get the ball rolling on any case.
DUI Defence - False Positive
Richard Aitken: Hi, I'm Richard Aitken, the founding lawyer of Aitken Robertson DUI Lawyers. With me today is Dr. Krishnan, a forensic alcohol toxicologist. It's been a long time Krish, how long do you think we've been doing this together for?
Dr. Krishnan : I think it's been about 20 years, I think. I met you a long time ago.
Richard Aitken : I think we both had hair then.
Richard Aitken : Now, a few minutes ago, Nicole did this testing where she had a bit of alcohol in her mouth, spit it out and was tested and we know that it showed, initially, about 600 mg - but within about 7 minutes it was completely down to zero. In other words it was not actually in her bloodstream (otherwise she would be dead.) But sometime we have a fact situation where perhaps a person leaves a bar, chugs the last beer, is stopped by the police about five minutes later and then the police officer does not ask when the person last had a drink - does the approved screening device sample then - and it gives a false positive. Could you explain what is involved with that doctor?
Dr. Krishnan : As you drink alcohol, some of the alcohol will be in the mouth. If you take a reading immediately after a drink, the alcohol in the mouth is in a much higher concentration in some cases and you then blow the entire amount of alcohol into the instrument at a very high concentration.
Dr Krishnan : Unless you give fifteen minutes for the mouth alcohol to dissipate, the alcohol concentration you get from the instrument cannot differentiate from where it comes from - it can be from the mouth or it can be from the bloodstream. So if you take a reading within fifteen minutes of when a person finishes consuming a drink, you might have the blood-alcohol reading contaminated by the mouth alcohol reading
DUI Defence Part I
We are going to do an experiment as to what happens if a person has alcohol in the mouth - mouth alcohol - and not in the bloodstream. Sometimes it happens, by regurgitation or recent consumption of alcohol, there is a lot of alcohol in the mouth and it has not reached the blood. This is what we want to differentiate from.
She has swished some alcohol in her mouth and spat it out. There is nothing in her blood,
everything is in her mouth now. She is going to blow into the instrument let's see what happens.
It [the instrument] is now going to do an air blank - setting it to ZERO level of the instrument.
The air blank is zero as you can see on the display, then it now says BLOW. So Nicole is going to blow.
Take a deep breath and hold it as long as you can.
[HIGH PITCHED TONE OF THE INSTRUMENT]
[Incremental Increases Reported]
You saw a reading of 600 milligrams. Obviously it is not in her blood stream because if she had 600 mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood she would be down on the floor, probably in cardiac arrest. The peculiarity of the mouth alcohol is that as the alcohol evapourates into the environment, it will rapidly fall, as opposed to blood alcohol which may decrease at a rate of 15mg per hour.
DUI Defence Part II
Dr. Krishnan: Okay, take a deep breath and blow as long as you can.
[Ringing Sound from Machine Processing Breath Sample]
Dr. Krishnan: Zero. 8 Minutes and all the alcohol is gone - from 600mg - [the machine] actually said "range exceeded" which means about 600 and now she has nothing. All of the alcohol is gone. If it was blood alcohol, at the rate of 15mgs it would have taken 40 hours to go away but it now disappeared in 8 minutes. This [demonstrates] mouth-alcohol and not blood-alcohol.
*This experiment proves that recently consumed alcohol can provide a DUI defence, especially at low alcohol readings.