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.  DDSG 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 J. 2018 Edmonton Provincial Court – Crown Invites Dismissal Of Forcible Confinement Mid-Trial

Accused was charged with forcible confinement of his former spouse. Complainant testified to being forcibly confined in a shared residence with the accused, prior to fleeing the residence and contacting police. Accused testified that there was a domestic argument, but that the allegations of forcible confinement were fabricated. Held: Charge dismissed. After the complainant was … Read More.


R v Chomiak, 2018 Alberta Court Of Appeal – 1st Degree Murder Upheld, Totality Of Circumstances Establishes Planning Intent

Appellant was convicted after trial of one count of first degree murder (of Ms. Chomiak, his estranged wife) and one count of second degree murder (of Ms. Bouchard), both by multiple gunshot wounds. Issue of whether trial judge erred in finding planning and deliberation to establish the first-degree murder offence. Trial judge relied on circumstantial … Read More.


R v Wolfe, 2018 Edmonton Provincial Court – No Entrapment Where Reasonable Suspicion Based On Bona Fide Inquiry

Application for a stay on the basis of entrapment after accused pleaded guilty to trafficking oxycodone. Offence took place at Tim Hortons in downtown Edmonton, a noted location in EPS’s undercover ‘Operation Disorder’, which targeted drug trafficking. Undercover officer asked a group of people, which included accused, if they knew where he could find any … Read More.