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"Even apparently trivial cases of domestic violence can have significant repercussions to the accused, the family unit and society as a whole".

In Alberta, allegations involving domestic violence receive special attention from the Court, Crown and law enforcement.  In Calgary, there is a specialized domestic violence courtroom, populated by specifically designated prosecutors who operate alongside the Calgary Police Service, Victim’s Assistance and other State funded organizations, such as HomeFront.  The domestic violence guideline is victim orientated.  

What distinguishes domestic violence offences from other similar charges is the relationship between the parties.  Though domestic violence protocols are generally activated in circumstances of cohabitation, the specialized court is often used in situations involving close personal relationships where the parties reside separate and apart.  Domestic violence generally embraces offences such as assault, uttering threats, mischief and criminal harassment.

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CALGARY DEFENCE LAWYER

"I understand what a domestic violence charge means. As an accused, you are probably separated from your home and loved ones. Finances once part of a single household may now be strained. The accusations might be exaggerated; you might even be falsely accused". 

David Chow is a Calgary domestic violence lawyer who understands your rights and appreciates your situation. David has successfully defended the entire spectrum of domestic violence related offences and routinely secures positive outcomes without going to trial.  

David Chow is not only a Calgary defence lawyer; he defends cases throughout Canada, including Yukon, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.  He has a robust practice in Calgary, Cochrane and Lethbridge.  Call for a free initial telephone consultation.

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Recent Case Results

R. v. S.R.R.

January 29, 2021

(Airdrie P.C. - Domestic Assault).  SRR was another, all things considered, trivial domestic violence allegation of highly questionable merit.  As with every accused, SRR was in jeopardy of a criminal record with real life consequences. In criminal law it is always important for the accused to balance his or her desire to fully litigate the case -- even in cases where they feel that they have done nothing wrong -- with the risk and financial cost of defending the case in court. In criminal law, financial costs are often viewed exclusively through the lens of lawyer professional fees (which even when reasonable, can cause hardship), but this is far from the total picture. Economic cost includes potential loss of income, added household expenses, along with a serious interference with one's time.  For many, there is shortage of time. Luckily, SRR is yet another case where the swift intervention by Crown Prosecution service with the support of police (at the behest of defence counsel), in the efficient and timely handling of the case. SRR was resolved by way of a peace bond with reasonable conditions. He protected his criminal profile and his finances. Looking for an Airdrie criminal defence lawyer. Many Calgary criminal lawyers appear in Airdrie to assist clients. For a free consultation call 403.452.8018.

R. v. U.A.U.

January 28, 2021

(Calgary, P.C. - Domestic Assault).  The principle of Occam's Razor aptly applies to criminal justice. In short, the path of least resistance is generally one that should be followed. In domestic assault cases, where there is risk of criminal conviction and a criminal record, it is almost always advisable for the accused to proverbially bite the bullet -- even where he or she thinks that they have done nothing wrong or even where there is an available defence. In domestic violence cases there is often a non-criminal record path called "peace bond".  For many, accepting the withdrawal of charges in exchange for a peace bond is a pill hard to swallow -- but swallow they should; for to swing for a home run in criminal justice can result in undesirable consequences. This includes the risk of a criminal record along with a serious impact to the wallet in lawyer fees. In this case, the accused was somewhat reluctant to do the peace bond but ultimately made the wise decision and secured the guaranteed withdrawal of the criminal charge and no criminal record.  David Chow has been defending cases in criminal courts since 1999 and defending domestic assault cases in Calgary for over 18 years.  Looking for a Calgary domestic assault lawyer? Call David Chow for a free telephone consultation. 

R. v. R.S.R.

January 21, 2021

(Airdrie, P.C. - Domestic Assault).  RSR was charged with domestic assault arising from a very minor incident. Like many people charged with a domestic violence offence this accused did not have a criminal record.  At the outside RSR's Airdrie criminal lawyer -- David Chow -- was very optimistic that the case could be handled without the imposition of a criminal record or the necessity of a trial.  When looking to hire a criminal defence lawyer in Alberta or anywhere else it is important to understand that the lawyer is often paid the most amount of money for trial; but since trials are costly, imperfect and inconsistent processes adjudicated by honest and well intending but frail human beings, where possible, they should be avoided. In this view of this Alberta criminal lawyer, if counsel ever tells you that a case is a "slam dunk" or uses words similar, you should be very sceptical; for no trial outcome in our criminal justice system can be guaranteed. In this case, RSR benefited from the immediate attention and fair minded approach of the Crown prosecutor who determined that a peace bond was appropriate and that the it was not necessary for the imposition of a criminal record. In the circumstances, RSR resolved without a criminal record and without seriously damaging his wallet. Searching for a domestic violence lawyer in Alberta, call David Chow for a free telephone consultation. 

R. v. B.V.B.

December 3, 2020

(Airdrie, P.C. - Uttering Threats).  BVB was charged with uttering threats as part of a domestic violence incident occurring in Airdrie, Alberta. David Chow is one of several Calgary criminal lawyers who appears in courts throughout Alberta, including the City of Airdrie. In this case, the disclosure in BVB showed that notwithstanding the "domestic" categorization of the offence, it was actually fairly trivial in nature. Helping BVB was the fact that counselling was considered part of an acceptable arrangement and the complainant fully supported the non-criminal record type resolution negotiated by defence counsel. Ultimately BVB was allowed to return home, without a criminal record. This is yet another example where working to connect with the Crown, who in turn is prepared to closely consider the case and craft a reasonable resolution operates to not only save the accused a criminal record, but also, to save the accused the impact on his or her wallet. Though many criminal defence services are costly, the first priority for every criminal lawyer is (1) to protect the client against a criminal record while (2) being respectful and sensitive to legal costs. David Chow is a full service Airdrie criminal lawyer who works to achieve both of these ends. For a free consultation with an experienced domestic assault lawyer in Calgary, Airdrie or anywhere in Alberta, call 403.452.8018.  Where possible, save money on your lawyer.