As a top criminal Defence Lawyer in Toronto, Ontario, and Principal of Dan Johnson Criminal Law, Dan Johnson understands that looming legal issues can be stressful and overwhelming. With over 35 years of professional legal experience, Dan treats his clients and their loved ones with care and respect. Dan’s clients are his priority–he ensures that they are well informed and current on happenings throughout the legal process.

Dan Johnson has an extensive knowledge of the Criminal Code of Canada, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and other Legislation.  This, combined with his former role as a Per Diem Crown Attorney, gives him a firm understanding of police and prosecutors’ perspectives. His comprehensive background in Canadian law allows him to identify and evaluate options for his clients in order to achieve the most favourable results in their specific circumstances.

Dan Johnson is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario), Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Toronto Lawyers Association and the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Institute of Ontario.

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Dan Johnson applies his background in negotiation to get your charges dropped entirely or reduced. If a trial is the best option, then he will defend you vigorously. He is highly respected by both legal professionals and clients.


If you or your child is facing charges under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, Dan Johnson will negotiate to have your charges, or your child’s charges dropped entirely or reduced, and the sentence minimized. If the charges go to trial, Dan will vigorously defend you or your child’s case.

Aboriginal (Gladue) Clients

Dan Johnson recognizes the issues his Aboriginal clients face and believes that their interests are best represented in the Gladue Court system.  He has gained recognition for his expertise in Gladue cases through his published work and representation of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.

Clients with Special Needs

As a parent of a special needs child, Dan Johnson is aware of challenges special needs individuals (including those with a disability or multiple disabilities) face and approaches these situations on a relatable and empathetic level. If you or your child has special needs, Dan will ensure that your matters or your child’s matters are addressed effectively.


Facing a criminal investigation or criminal charges can be a daunting experience, with life-changing consequences, especially if any of these situations applies to you:

➢ This is the first time you’ve been involved with the criminal justice system
➢ This was a family matter that somehow got out of hand
➢ You are a youth
➢ You have special needs, e.g. Aspergers Syndrome
➢ You are new to the country or the local culture
➢ You are an Aboriginal Person; your case will be in Gladue Court
➢ You are a repeat offender
➢ The person charged is your child or another loved one
➢ You thought you were just doing what you were supposed to do for your job, whether working with staff you supervise, your fellow employees, customers, patients, or company property


➢ White Collar or Employment Related Charges: alleged dishonesty or allegations of violence
Drug Crimes: Trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking, or possession of cocaine, crack, marijuana, etc.
➢ Break and Enter, including armed home invasions
➢ Theft of anything that can be stolen
➢ Possession of stolen property
Violent Crimes: Murder, attempted murder, assault charges (all kinds), extortion, extortion with a firearm
➢ Domestic Disputes resulting in criminal charges
Crimes by teenagers including “Young Persons” under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA)
Crimes by clients with special needs, (e.g. those on the autism spectrum, such as Aspergers Syndrome)
➢ Crimes dealt with in Gladue Court (Aboriginal Persons or Native Court)

Know your rights—if you are looking for one of the best Criminal Lawyers in Toronto, Dan is here to provide you with the exceptional legal advice and help you and your loved ones get through a difficult time. He works vigorously to defend clients across the Greater Toronto Area.

Toronto Courts Dan Serves

  • College Park
  • Old City Hall
  •  311 Jarvis St., Youth Court
  • Scarborough, Metro East, 1911 Eglinton Avenue E.
  • North York, Metro North, 1000 Finch Avenue W.
  • Etobicoke, Metro West, 2201 Finch Avenue W.
  • Superior Court, 361 University Avenue
  • Gladue Courts (Aboriginal or Native Persons)

Dan Johnson Criminal Law accepts Visa and Ontario Legal Aid Certificates

Dan Johnson Criminal Law accepts Visa.

If you have been approved for Legal Aid and are looking for an experienced Toronto Criminal Lawyer, contact Dan Johnson. You will speak directly with him, guaranteeing confidentiality and comfort for you and your loved ones. Dan Johnson Criminal Law accepts Ontario Legal Aid Certificates.


If you or someone you love is facing potential criminal charges, please consult a Toronto Lawyer for advice about your individual situation. This site and its information is not legal advice, nor is it intended to be. Feel free to get in touch.

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