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Homicide occurs whenever a person, directly or indirectly, causes the death of another human being.  A person can only be convicted and sentenced for culpable homicide.  Culpable homicide occurs when the person causing the death deserves the blame. Non-culpable homicide occurs when the person who causes the death does not deserve the blame. An example of non-culpable homicide occurs when a person kills another while reasonably acting in self defence.

Homicide is first degree murder, second degree murder, manslaughter and infanticide.  

There are no other Criminal Code offences that attract more public attention or focus by the news media than homicide.  If you have been charged with a homicide, it is almost an absolute certainty that you will be identified in both the print and television media.  

Homicide investigations are resource intensive.  Investigative techniques include everything from wiretap, surveillance, complex forensic examinations (such as those completed by forensic pathologists, ballistics experts and blood spatter experts), detailed crime scene investigation and even sophisticated undercover operations such as Mr. Big Stings.

Resisting a homicide is more than just defending the case in law, it also involves withstanding scrutiny by the media and perhaps even shouldering the cry for retribution by a potentially misinformed public.  

If you have been charged with murder, the law requires that you be tried by a jury, unless the Crown consents otherwise.   If charged with a homicide, there is an exceptionally high likelihood that the Crown will seek to detain you in custody while your case slowly progresses through the courts.

The weight of a homicide prosecution can be unbearable.  

I understand both the personal and legal dynamics underpinning a homicide case.  Most importantly, I understand the consequences if you are convicted.  For instance, if convicted of first degree murder, the minimum sentence is life imprisonment.  With that in mind, it is my view that to properly defend a homicide case, you require a lawyer who is not only capable, but willing to explore every possible option, even those that may attract much public derision.  

If convicted of murder or manslaughter, you are facing life in jail. Call 403.452.8018 for a free consultation.  

David Chow defends murder, manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death and all crimes of violence throughout Alberta, including Calgary, Cochrane, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge. David Chow is a Calgary murder lawyer of choice.

Recent Case Results

R. V. J.P.

August 17, 2016

(Calgary, Q.B.) The accused was charged with second degree murder in relation to an early morning event in downtown Calgary.  This was a difficult case, involving the testimony of over 50 witnesses.  A jury found the accused “not guilty” of second degree murder.  Many Calgary lawyers claim to be able to defend a homicide, but there are few who consistent do. David Chow has a good record in defending murder, manslaughter, attempted murder and other serious crimes of violence. These cases require a Calgary defence lawyer who is prepared to fully immerse him or herself in the case. If you have been charged with homicide, your risk is life in jail.  There is no better time to choose wisely

R. v. C.P.

February 3, 2014

(Calgary, Q.B.).  The client was initially charged with first degree murder.  David Chow succeeded in having the charges reduced after the preliminary inquiry to second degree murder. The difference between first degree and second degree murder is substantial; for the former involves planning and deliberation that results on conviction in a life sentence with no parole for 25 years.  A jury trial for second degree murder commenced in February 2014. The theory of the Crown’s case was that the accused mutilated his girlfriend and stabbed her to death. After a lengthy jury trial, David secured a jury verdict of not guilty to second degree murder.  David Chow is one of the Calgary criminal lawyers who often successfully defends serious and complex jury cases.  David is a Calgary homicide lawyer with real experience arguing before a judge and jury. 

R. v. W.G.B.

October 1, 2012

(Calgary, Q.B.). Client charged with attempted murder, unlawfully discharging a firearm, aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm in relation to allegedly shooting a person who was in his motor vehicle. After a lengthy trial, the Court of Queen's Bench Justice acquitted him of attempted murder, aggravated assaulted and all charges relating to the discharge of the firearm.  The basis for the acquittal was due to frailties in eyewitness identification bolstered by evidence of the accused.  WGB's case was a very difficult case because it involved a foot-chase where the accused definitely discarded the firearm. Ballistics confirmed that the discarded gun was the firearm used in the shooting.  On first view of the disclosure, it was very easy to think the accused was guilty, when in fact, he was a completely innocent man. The accused claimed innocence in the "shooting" throughout.  The case was won on a careful dissection of various low quality video images from cameras on buildings in the area. The defence also went to great lengths to prove who was the actual shooter.   David Chow is a full service Calgary criminal defence lawyer and an experienced Calgary firearms lawyer. He is one of a select few Calgary homicide lawyers who often secures verdicts of not guilt in murder cases.  Charged with a homicide offence? Contact a proven Calgary criminal lawyer who defends murder cases.

R. v. D.H.

June 17, 2011

(Calgary, Q.B.).  DH was charged with second degree murder in Calgary in relation to a stabbing incident during a fight in a dwelling house.  In Canadian criminal law, second degree murder is the second most serious offence. If convicted, it carries an automatic life sentence with no opportunity for parole for at least 10 years.  The "life sentence" means that even if paroled at some point (and there is no guarantee of that), the parolee remains under the supervision of a parole officer for the remainder of his or life. DH's defence was self defence. There was a preliminary inquiry in Calgary. A preliminary inquiry is essentially a criminal law discover procedure used to primarily to determine whether the evidence is sufficient to warrant a trial. The threshold for committal to trial at a preliminary inquiry is  low.  The Crown need only demonstrate that there "is some evidence upon which a reasonable jury, properly instructed, could convict". Though preliminary inquiry is mainly a procedure for committal to trial, it is also a very valuable tool for assessing frailties in the case and deficiencies in disclosure.  DH's case is a good example of one where both the Crown and the accused benefited from the opportunity to hear evidence at preliminary inquiry; for as a result of frailties in the Crown's case exposed at the preliminary stage, the client was offered and accepted a plea to the lesser included offence of manslaughter. It is important to remember that sometimes events happen in life that are on the fringe of control.  Moral culpability for manslaughter varies from near accident to near murder. DH was  sentenced to 3 years; meaning that his case was much closer to near accident than murder.  DH has served his time and put his life in order.  

David Chow is a Calgary homicide lawyer who has successfully defended this most serious crime. David is not a lawyer who takes every murder case offered; rather, he only accepts the number of homicide cases that he can do well. David is a Calgary criminal lawyer who believes that this cases require maximum attention, all the time and as such, is of the view that to effectively defend murder, defence counsel cannot handle many homicide cases on a yearly basis and should not, whenever possible, run homicide cases back-to-back. The stakes are too high. Life in jail is a huge responsibility. If you have been charged with murder, manslaughter or any homicide case call David Chow. He is a criminal lawyer in Calgary who offers a free consultation. He defends cases throughout the Province and in British Columbia, the Territories and Saskatchewan.