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


R v D, 2018 Sherwood Park Provincial Court – DUI Case Withdrawn Due To Lost Evidence

Accused charged with DUI (impaired driving) and refusal to blow.  No Roadside Test performed. Reasonable and probable grounds for breath demand based on physical symptoms of impairment alone. Police car equipped with camera capable of capturing alleged symptoms. Despite several requests to secure this evidence from the police the prosecution was unable to do so. Police explained … Read More.


Immigration Consequences Of Criminal Charges

Are you a Permanent Resident or Foreign National charged with a criminal offence in Canada? Do you know how your criminal charges can impact your ability to stay in the country or obtain citizenship? If you are not a Canadian citizen, and you are convicted of a criminal offence in Canada, your status in this … Read More.


R v Quartey, 2018 ABCA – Sexual Assault Stereotypes Not Applied In Rejecting Accused’s Evidence

Appeal from sexual assault conviction. W(D) case with sole issue being consent. Trial judge found the appellant’s assertions that he was not interested in sex, wanted to avoid sexual contact, and refused the complainant’s attempts to fellate him to be “unbelievable”.  Issue on appeal of whether trial judge erred by applying stereotypical myths in rejecting … Read More.