Dwight Dakers, B.Sc., J.D.

photo of Dwight Dakers, articling student with Beresh Law

“Being charged with a criminal offence can by the most terrifying experience a person can go through and competing against the resources of the government is a test no one should face alone. I’m excited and honoured to be able to stand next to citizens to fearlessly protect their rights. Through both hard work and the skills I have developed in practice, I hope to be able to assist each individual client reach their best possible outcome. I’m excited to start my journey in criminal law under the guidance of Brian Beresh Q.C., one of Canada’s best defence lawyers, and the exceptional team of lawyers at Beresh Law.”

Dwight is excited to begin career in criminal defence at Beresh Law, completing his articles under the close guidance of Brian A. Beresh, Q.C. He is ready and eager to assist those facing charges to their best possible outcome.

Dwight completed his Law Degree at the University of Alberta in 2019, graduating with Distinction. While in law school, he was heavily involved in the criminal law, volunteering with Student Legal Services (SLS) as a Caseworker and Dayleader. With Student Legal Services, Dwight assisted the low-income community in Edmonton and represented individuals charged with a wide range of criminal and regulatory cases, including drug offences, assault and impaired driving, among many others. He managed a large file load, gaining practical, first-hand experience in courtroom advocacy and negotiations with the prosecution for dropped charges or reduced sentences.

In addition to his volunteer work at SLS, Dwight has excelled in numerous criminal law based classes, including Advanced Criminal Law, Advanced Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Sentencing, and Wrongful Convictions. He also volunteered as a member of Law Show and participated in the Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada, competing against law schools across North America.

Dwight has worked a summer with the Crown Prosecutor’s Office in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. That summer with the prosecutor’s office provided him exposure to large and complex files including murder, sexual assault and large fraud cases. The experience has provided Dwight with invaluable experience in and out of the courtroom, understanding how cases are managed from the prosecutor’s perspective. His knowledge gained from seeing the other side will provide the tools to make him a better defence lawyer.

Prior to his legal studies, Dwight had a brief career as a Civil/Environmental Engineer. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, with Distinction from the University of Alberta. Dwight worked at a small Environmental Engineering office for a few years before returning to school to pursue his passion for criminal law.

Dwight is particularly interested in legal issues surrounding police search powers, as well as poverty law. When not at work, Dwight can typically be found at the local rink playing some shinny, attending local concerts or sitting down with a good book. He is a member of the Alberta Bar Society and Criminal Trial Lawyers Association, and volunteers his time assisting the University of Alberta moot teams.