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


New Provincial Suspension Rules For Drunk Driving

On April 9, 2018 the new Alberta Administrative License Suspension law came into effect. This affects people who the police suspect have committed an impaired driving-related offence (such as impaired driving, driving with a blood alcohol content over 0.08, or refusing to provide a sample to a police officer). What prompted this change to the … Read More.


R v K. Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench – Homicide Charge Stayed

Client originally charged with second-degree murder in the death of an elderly male. Incident occurred at the client’s apartment, and both parties were intoxicated. Evidence suggested that the man died from a single stab wound to the shoulder inflicted by the female client. She called 911, reporting at the same time that the man had … Read More.


R v Blanchard, 2018 Edmonton Court Of Queen’s Bench – Victim Impact Statement From 38 Years Ago Admissible Against Dangerous Offender

Dangerous offender hearing. Issue of whether a victim impact statement from a previous offence (which accused was convicted of in 1980) was admissible in relation to determination of the dangerous offender designation. Held: Victim Impact Statement admissible. “Section 722(1) does not distinguish between regular sentencing hearings and dangerous offender hearings. It does refer to ‘any … Read More.