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 Swampy, 2017 ABCA 134 per Martin, Watson, Greckol, JA – T. Judge: Gill, J:

Appeal from 8 year sentence following a manslaughter conviction by a jury. Stabbing death. Trial judge found that the accused’s conduct fell into the highest category of blameworthiness set out in Laberge. Numerous Gladue factors present. Trial judge found that the Gladue factors did not affect the sentence to be imposed. Held: Appeal dismissed. 8 … Read More.


R v Rasberry, 2017 ABCA 135 per Rowbotham, Schutz, Greckol, JA – T. Judge: Hall, J:

Accused was originally charged with second degree murder. Convicted at trial of manslaughter on the basis of provocation. Self-defence claim rejected at trial. Crown and defence appeals. Accused and victim were middle-aged men who had recently become neighbours. After a night of heavy drinking, the victim grabbed the accused and threatened to rape him and … Read More.


R v Parsons, 2017 ABPC 87 per Golden, PCJ:

Impaired driving trial. When arrested at the roadside, and asked about calling a lawyer, accused responded: “not at this moment”. Police officer took this comment as unequivocal. Right to counsel not raised again throughout the investigation. Issue regarding implicit assertion and/or waiver. Held: No s. 10(b) breach. Henry, 2004 ABQB 440 (wherein the accused said … Read More.