Criminal Defence Lawyers

DDSG Criminal Law (Dawson Duckett Garcia & Johnson) 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


Senior Partner Robert Shaigec Appointed As A Judge

On Dec 5, 2017 our great friend, partner and colleague, Robert Shaigec, was appointed by Alberta’s Minister of Justice as a judge to the Provincial Court of Alberta.  Robert joined our firm as an articling student many years ago, and quickly climbed our ranks to become a Senior Partner. He has defended thousands of criminal cases across Alberta … Read More.


R v M, 2017 Edmonton Provincial Court – Assault With Weapon, Acquitted

Accused charged with assaulting an individual with a bottle during a fight at a party. Complainant sustained a large cut over the eye that was allegedly caused by the bottle. Accused did not testify. Held: Acquitted. Based on the testimony of the 4 Crown witnesses who purported to see the fight the Court could not find … Read More.


R v. D, 2017 Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench – Accused Acquitted, Complainant Unreliable Witness

Accused charged with sexual assault, assault, and uttering threats. Allegation that accused forced sexual intercourse on  spouse, and then assaulted and threatened the spouse the following morning. Held: Acquitted. Accused found to be a credible witness while complainant was found to be unreliable, admittedly dishonest, and had a motive to fabricate the allegations. Court left with … Read More.