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"Though I have learned over the years how to practice criminal law smarter, the essence of my practice philosophy has never changed: my interest is your best interest; my only agenda is your success".

CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER

David Chow is a full service Criminal defence lawyer with over 16 years of real litigation experience.  He has successfully defended over a thousand cases, during which time he has run hundreds of trials.  He routinely secures verdicts of "not guilty" and other favourable outcomes for his clients. 

David Chow is an ardent and veteran defender at all trial courts, including the Provincial Court of Alberta and Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta.  He defends cases in British Columbia and Saskatchewan and has argued cases as Appellate Counsel at the Alberta Court of Appeal, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also routinely defends major cases such as multi-kilo level drug trafficking, sexual assault, home invasion, manslaughter, murder and organized crime. During the course of his legal career he has secured jury verdicts of "not guilty" for murder and was instrumental in successfully defending a client from being found guilty of "first degree murder" as a result of a Mr. Big Operation.

David is committed to providing a unique and cutting edge legal service; one where the client is properly informed about all aspects of his or her case, including the costs.  Whether you are charged with impaired driving a drug offence, domestic violence or murder, defending the case is a partnership, where both the Accused and counsel must collaborate about strategies, defences and the law. Ultimately it is the Accused who carries the risk; it is the defence lawyer's job to help manage it.

Many Calgary criminal lawyers have websites boasting about their success.  David is a senior criminal defence lawyer who has had actual, proven success.  Call (403) 452-8018 for a free consultation.

charged with a criminal offence?

Managing any criminal charge can be challenging.  If understanding the law was not hard enough, navigating the procedural nuances of a criminal courtroom can be overwhelming.  David Chow can help manage your case. 


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Recent Case Results

R. v. S.Y.B.

August 25, 2020

(Cochrane, P.C. - Domestic Assault). SYB was charged with domestic assault in relation to a charge arising in the jurisdiction of Cochrane, Alberta. This prosecution was one where the Crown quickly screened the file, identified weakness in the prosecution, communicated with the complainant and properly permitted the complainant to have a voice in the process.  Though the accused had a very credible trial defence, the Crown offered to resolve the case in a manner that SYB would not suffer a criminal record. Understanding the imperfection and uncertainty in our criminal justice system, SYB agreed with the advice of his/her Cochrane criminal lawyer that it was too risky to take the case to trial. Ultimately, the accused accepted a peace bond and the criminal charge was withdrawn. A peace bond constitutes a legal mechanism whereby the accused agrees to keep the peace and be of good behaviour and to comply with the terms of the bond.  Common terms include "no contact", area restrictions, abstain clauses and counselling. For SYB the Crown understood the weaknesses in its case and after consulting with the complainant, agreed to a peace bond on less onerous than usual conditions.  David Chow is a resident of the town of Cochrane. There are many Cochrane criminal lawyers and Calgary criminal lawyers to choose from. David Chow would appreciate the opportunity to help with your case.

R. v. B.M.M.

August 25, 2020

(Canmore/Banff, P.C. - Failing to blow).  BMM was charged with an odd combination of offences: impaired driving, failing to provide a roadside sample and operating a motor vehicle with blood-alcohol equal-to or exceeding the legal limit. The reason this is a strange combination of charges is because the investigating police needed help from an approved screening device (ASD) to form reasonable and probable grounds for arrest. By law, an ASD is an investigative tool only; the results of which are only admissible for the purpose of supporting a police officer's reasonable grounds to arrest and make an evidentiary breath demand. In this case, BMM made several genuine attempts to provide a sample.  The ASD registered an "error code". On the basis of the "error code" and in the absence of any meaningful or credible indicia of impairment, the police arrested BMM for impaired driving and collected evidentiary breath samples. BMM pled "not guilty", filed a Charter Notice and successfully defended all charges at trial. BMM was found "not guilty". Though BMM won the trial, much of the damage had already been done. BMM was penalized by the Alberta Administrative License Suspension (ALS) program and had to pay legal fees to defend the case. There is often wisdom in retaining a qualified criminal defence lawyer to help with a charge. BMM avoided a criminal record and potential deportation consequences. David Chow is a full service Calgary criminal lawyer who provides full legal services to clients throughout Alberta; including in Cochrane, Canmore and Banff.  Searching for a Canmore criminal lawyer or a criminal lawyer in Banff? Call David Chow for a free telephone consultation. 

R. v. A.J.A.

July 30, 2020

(Cochrane, P.C. - DUI).  AJA was a person without a prior criminal record. He was also a hard working person, with respect for the law, the justice system and the police. After a couple of drinks AJA went bed only to be awoken some hours later by an urgent call from a family member who needed help pulling a vehicle out of a ditch. The roads were snow covered and icy. AJA got out of bed, feeling fine, thinking that he after some hours of sleep he was ok to help. He drove a short distance, helped his family member but on the way home drove through a Cochrane checkstop. AJA was polite and cooperative in the extreme and the investigating officer responded similarly. Unfortunately for AJA he blew slightly over the legal limit and thus was charged with DUI.  AJA hired Cochrane DUI lawyer, David Chow, to help with his case. After some months and scheduling a trial date, the charges against AJA were stayed by the Crown. The Crown clearly had no reasonable prospect of conviction for impaired driving and the accused had viable defences to the at/over 80 charge.  Charged with DUI in Cochrane, Banff, Canmore or in the Calgary area? Call David Chow; he is a Cochrane criminal lawyer who has been defending impaired driving cases since 1999.