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 Greenley, 2017 Edmonton Provincial Court per Allen, PCJ:

Sexual assault trial. Alleged breast squeeze of a 14 year old complainant with “mental challenges” in a public place. Accused testified and denied the offence. W(D) case. Held: Convicted. Accused’s denial must be assessed within the context of the evidence as a whole. “There have been circumstances where the accused had proffered a plausible denial … Read More.


R v King, 2017 Alberta Court Of Appeal (Edmonton) 212 per Berger, Slatter, Greckol, JA – T. Judge: Ackerl, J:

Defence appeal from 28 month jail sentence (time served) and 3 years probation, imposed after the accused was convicted of possession of child pornography and several breach of probation offences. Held: Appeal allowed, sentence reduced to 15 months jail. Probation upheld. “Probation is particularly useful for offenders such as the appellant who served their entire … Read More.


R v Harkes, 2017 Alberta Court Of Appeal (Calgary) 229 per Paperny, O’Ferrall, Martin, JA – T. Judge: Nation, J.

Appeal from jury second degree murder conviction. Appellant and young offender had common design to enter into a house and commit assault. Altercation ensued in which the appellant stabbed the victim multiple times. After the appellant walked away, the young offender stabbed the victim in the back, severing his aorta. Held: Appeal allowed, new trial. … Read More.