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. Once in the Criminal Justice system, people are exposed – there is a lot at stake.

With over 35 years as a lawyer and negotiator, Dan proactively manages the possible consequences of police investigations and criminal charges. Dan’s comprehensive background in Canadian law and the criminal justice process and his understanding of human behaviour allow him to identify and strategically evaluate options for his clients. Court is only one option.

Dan works hard to get his clients the most favourable results possible in their specific circumstances.

How he does it:

 Dan uses his extensive knowledge of the Criminal Code of Canada, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, other legislation, and the criminal justice process.
Dan understands the police and prosecutors’ perspectives.
 Dan has an MBA & applies his vast experience mediating & negotiating advantageous outcomes in both business & criminal matters.

What this means for you as a client:

Dan will get your situation resolved with MAXIMUM DISPATCH
Dan will negotiate to have your charges dropped entirely or reduced and your sentence or fine minimized; and if the charges go to trial, he will defend you vigorously

Dan will treat you and your loved ones with CARE and RESPECT. Dan’s clients are his priority– Dan himself will handle your file. He ensures that you are well informed and current on happenings throughout the legal process.

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

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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 disabilities) face & 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. The risks are high, 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 the exceptional legal advice and help you and your loved ones need to 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 Lawyer for advice about your individual situation. This site and its information is not legal advice, nor is it intended to be. Contacting us does not create a lawyer-client relationship. Until such a relationship is established, please do not send any confidential information to us.