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 the N.W.T. (and beyond) to represent our clients. We have over 100 years of criminal trial and appeal court experience.

For nearly 40 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


DUI/Impaired Driving Laws See Dramatic And Troubling Changes

On December 18, 2018 dramatic changes to impaired driving laws came into force. Here are some of the more major changes: The legal limit will be reduced to 80 mg of alcohol/100 ml of blood or higher instead of “greater than 80 mg”. Readings which previously would result in a warning (80 mg to 89 … Read More.


R. v M.L. 2019 Edmonton Queen’s Bench – Client acquitted of second degree murder & manslaughter.

Client charged with 2nd degree murder of friend. Alleged that client stabbed a friend with intention to cause death or serious bodily harm likely to cause death. Held: Directed verdict of not guilty of murder at conclusion of Crown’s case. Case proceeded on basis of manslaughter and client acquitted of this charge after testifying. Evidence … Read More.


R. v Quintero-Gelvez, 2019 Alberta Court Of Appeal – Trial fairness prejudiced by Judge’s constant intervention of cross-examination.

Defence appeal from conviction at trial of sexual assault. Issue on appeal of whether the trial judge’s numerous interjections during cross-examination of the complainant impeded the accused’s right to make full answer and defence. Held: Appeal allowed; new trial. Schmaltz, 2015 ABCA 4 followed. “A review of the transcript of the cross-examination of the complainant … Read More.