Criminal Defence Lawyers

Dawson Duckett Shaigec & Garcia (“DDSG”) is one of Canada’s most experienced and respected criminal law firms. We defend against all criminal  charges, and in all trial and appeal courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. From our office locations in Edmonton and Ft. McMurray our lawyers travel across Alberta and beyond to represent our clients. We have over 100 years of criminal trial and appeal court experience.

For over 30 years we have defended thousands of people charged with criminal offences, including theft, assault, impaired driving (DUI), dangerous driving, sexual assault, internet crimes, murder, fraud, uttering threats, break and enter, drug possession and trafficking. Our services include:

  • 24 hour advice upon arrest by police
  • assessment of the strength and weakness of criminal investigations
  • bail applications to secure release from jail pending trial
  • preliminary inquiries
  • trials
  • sentencing hearings
  • conviction and sentence appeals
  • professional disciplinary hearings
  • plea negotiations with the prosecution

We believe in every citizen’s right to be presumed innocent, to have a fair trial and to be treated fairly by the police and the courts.  If your Charter rights have been violated we will work hard to obtain a remedy for you, be it acquittal, termination of the charges against you or plea resolution involving a less serious charge or more lenient sentence. At DDSG criminal lawyers you will be helped by experienced criminal lawyers in a professional, honest, confidential and affordable manner. Whether attending our Edmonton or Ft. McMurray offices, or via phone or Skype, our lawyers can provide you with an informative, free initial consultation. Do not go to court without one of our experienced criminal trial lawyers by your side.

Latest News


R v Paxton, 2016 ABCA 361 per McDonald, Bielby, Schutz, JA – T. Judge: Martin, J:

Conviction appeal on charges including aggravated assault and sexual assault. Complainant was a young male who lived with the accused. Evidence was that the accused beat and confined the complainant over an extended period, and forced the complainant to engage in sexual acts. Held: Appeal dismissed. Lack of consent established. The complainant was manipulated into … Read More.


R v Adams, 2016 ABQB 648 per Clackson, J:

Accused convicted of various offences including child luring. Defence alleged that the minimum sentences set out in ss. 151 and 172.1(2) CC violated s. 12 of the Charter, and that the limits on pre-trial custody credit (ss. 791(3) and (3.1) CC) violated s. 7 and 12 of the Charter. Held: 12 years jail. Accused given … Read More.


R v Morrill, 2016 ABQB 638 per Erb, J:

Accused charged with several offences arising from an incident in which he shot at police. NCR application. Crown argument that intoxication triggered any form of mental disorder at the time of the incident. Held: NCR. Accused was suffering from auditory hallucinations at the time of the shooting, and the opinion of one treating psychiatrist was … Read More.