Criminal Defence Lawyers

DDSG Criminal Law (Dawson Duckett Shaigec & Garcia) 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 AGW, 2017 Court Of Appeal (Calgary) per Berger, Martin, Strekaf, JA – T Judge: Langston, J:

  Appeal from sexual assault conviction. W(D) case. Alleged sexual assault at knifepoint. Complainant’s damaged bra and other cut clothing was entered at trial. In accepting the complainant’s account, trial judge relied (in part) upon “this supporting evidence”. Held: Appeal dismissed. Trial judge did not err in rejecting the accused’s evidence. “He was satisfied that … Read More.


R v Hussain, 2017 ABPC 189 per Semenuk, PCJ:

Accused pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine. Four sales to an undercover police officer. Positive PSR and accused had taken steps to address addiction issues. Accused was from Pakistan, and was subject to possible deportation. Held: 18 months jail. Aggravating factors included: 4 sales, total weight of 8.3 grams of crack cocaine with a street … Read More.


R v Blanchard, 2017 Edmonton Court Of Queen’s Bench per Macklin, J:

Accused convicted of offences including aggravated sexual assault. Post-conviction application for a mistrial. Defence had discovered a witness, who if capable of belief, might of cast doubt on the complainant’s version of events. Held: Application dismissed. Test regarding the mistrial application informed by the general rules followed on an application to adduce fresh evidence on … Read More.