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"Don't blindly trust a website or an advertisement (including this one). Any lawyer can sell you online, not every lawyer can properly defend a case".   

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"The best advice when hiring a defence lawyer is to exercise due diligence. Make sure you survey a number of criminal lawyers so that you have enough information to make the right choice for you.  I am a full service Calgary based criminal lawyer with over two-decades of real criminal law experience.  I would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business". 

defends all criminal offences

Many Calgary criminal lawyers have websites boasting about their success.  The best Calgary criminal lawyers are not necessarily the ones you find on an Internet search engine. 

David Chow's skills are proven by years of actually litigating trials, not merely pleading client's guilty.  David understands and has successfully defended against complex prosecutions not handled by ordinary defence lawyers.  This includes wiretap, mutual legal assistance treaties and advanced undercover techniques. David Chow also understands the many nuances to properly defending the seemingly more simple cases. David Chow offers full criminal law services throughout Alberta.

alberta Roadside Sanctions Lawyer

To dispute  your fine, vehicle seizure and driving suspension as result of Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS) arising from an impaired driving investigation, call for a free consultation. David Chow is an Alberta Roadside Sanctions lawyer.  

former crown prosecutor 

David Chow has the experience of being a former Crown Prosecutor.  As such, he not only has a singularly focussed understanding about how to defend a case, he also understands how criminal cases are  prosecuted.  Understanding how a case is investigated and prosecuted is crucial to fully understanding how a case should be defended. 

"Don't take my word for it. Do your research. Give me a call. Even if you don't hire me, I am confident that if your question is criminal law related, I can still offer you some insight and helpful advice."


Caution: The Best Marketers are not necessarily the Best Criminal Defence Lawyers

If you are reading this post, there is a reasonable likelihood that you are researching criminal lawyers in Alberta for hire.  You probably typed in a few keywords, such as Calgary criminal lawyer, criminal lawyers in Calgary, Alberta criminal defence lawyers or best Calgary criminal lawyer and then, like most Google or Bing searchers, fixated on the lawyers whose websites appeared on the first page – likely even at the top of the first page. For many keyword searches, my website – – will organically rank at or near the top of page one.  However, I think for anybody searching for a criminal defence lawyer in Alberta or anywhere else, reliance on search engine rankings, paid advertising, so-called expert reviews allegedly identifying a lawyer as “the best” or even customer reviews, should be evaluated with caution.

SafeRoads Alberta: Judge, Jury and Executioner

There is a new Sheriff in town; its name: “SafeRoads Alberta”. 

The backbone of the new legislation rests on power vested in police to administer Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS) when they have “reasonable grounds” to believe that a motorist “has committed an impaired driving offence”.  Effectively, the new law has eviscerated the checks-and-balances of our previous system by placing incredible power into the hands of police to punish the presumptively innocent, while at the same time legally permitting willful blindness to real crime. Neither of these issues squares with me. If you are looking to hire a roadside sanctions lawyer in Alberta, call for a free consultation.

hiring a criminal defence lawyer

Managing any criminal charge can be challenging.   If you have been charged with a criminal offence in Calgary or anywhere in Canada, protect yourself by retaining a proven defence lawyer.  Do your research and choose wisely.  Any lawyer can advertise on a website; not every lawyer can perform in Court.  David Chow has represented well over a thousand clients.  He has successfully defended the vast majority of them. He has won hundreds of trials, helped most of his clients avoid a criminal record and kept almost all of his clients out of jail.  David is a proven jury trial lawyer who has secured verdicts of "not guilty" for murder.

"My advice: don't place your trust in a dabbler, a criminal defence lawyer with a volume practice, a law firm that will simply pass your case along to a junior or a lawyer who seldom communicates directly with you . Place your trust in a criminal defence lawyer who will give you some personal attention and  focus on your case". 

domestic violence | Drugs | Dui | all criminal charges

Hiring the right criminal defence lawyer may be the difference between having a criminal record or not, going to jail or remaining free. 

When you hire David Chow, you get David Chow. David Chow is not only a full service Calgary defence lawyer, drug lawyer and Calgary domestic assault lawyer who handles all criminal driving offences, he is a proven Alberta criminal lawyer who appears in all jurisdictions outside of the City of Calgary.  David is a resident of the town of Cochrane and therefore, he is a criminal lawyer of choice for Cochrane, Canmore and Banff.  David represents clients throughout Alberta and has appeared in British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Spend your hard earned money on the right criminal defence lawyer; for if you hire the wrong one, that choice could unnecessarily drain your wallet, impact your employment and possibly cost your freedom.  Defending your reputation and freedom is perhaps the most important decision you will ever make.  David Chow would appreciate the opportunity to earn your trust, confidence and business.

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Charged with a Drug Offence? Choose wisely, for the penalty could be jail.

Charged with a DUI or impaired driving related offence?  Get a lawyer with experience.

Charged with Domestic Assault?  It's you against the Crown, Police and interest groups.

Charged with impaired driving by drug? There are Calgary criminal lawyers who can help.

Issued Immediate Roadside Sanctions? David Chow is an Alberta Roadside Sanctions Lawyer.

Charged with any criminal offence? Call David Chow -- a proven Calgary criminal lawyer.

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Recent Case Results

R. v. K.M.A.

February 9, 2021

(Calgary, P.C. - Murder). David Chow was part of the defence team for an accused in Court when the Crown stayed murder charges against three-men at the start of a preliminary inquiry on February 8th, 2020. When a stay is directed by the Crown, it has 12 months to revive the case. Outside Court, the Crown acknowledged that the case “could” be revived; stating: “there’s always a chance”.  A “stay” is appropriate where there is a reasonable prospect that the proceedings may be reinitiated. It is not unusual for the Crown to stay a charge to permit police the opportunity to reinvestigate matters that were previously unforeseen. Therefore, a stayed charge can be revived if the Crown or Police uncover new evidence that was either not available at the time the original prosecution was initiated or in circumstances where the new evidence was unforeseen.   In the opinion of this  Calgary criminal lawyer, there is a reasonable concern that charges may be reinitiated. David Chow is a full service criminal defence lawyer in Alberta.  David has successfully defended many homicide cases. If you or a loved one are looking for a criminal lawyer to defend a murder case, the stakes are extremely high. Don't settle for just anybody -- be diligent and find the right lawyer.  This means that you must speak to many defence counsel and weigh your options.

R. v. M.D.

January 10, 2021

(Grand Prairie - DUI/IRS).  MD was issued immediate roadside sanctions (IRS) by way of a Notice of Administrative Penalty (NAP). On December 1st, 2020 Alberta enacted legislation cloaking police with discretion to either charge impaired driving/at/over 80/ refusal under the Criminal Code of Canada or to issue roadside sanctions. Roadside sanctions means that the motorist is subject to a $1000 fine, 90 day suspension, a 12 month interlock restriction and vehicle impoundment. Any information uploaded by police to the SafeRoads Portal is deemed by law to be "under oath".  The evidentiary paradigm is designed in a manner that greatly benefits Alberta Transportation (the Government).  David Chow is an Alberta Roadside Sanctions Lawyer.  Several arguments were made in support of having MD's NAP cancelled and his driving privileges restored.  The adjudicator exercised her overarching duty of fairness in setting aside MD's administrative penalties.  For a free consultation and a competitive lawyer rate, call 403.452.8018.

R. v. F.V.G.

December 24, 2020

(Calgary, P.C. - DUI/ALS Appeal).  The case of FVG involved both the scheduling of an impaired driving trial and an ALS hearing.  The criminal charges against FVG were stayed by the Crown and later, after a full written argument presented to the Alberta Transportation Safety Board, the administrative license suspension was set aside. On December 1st, 2020 the law in Alberta underwent some modification with the new SafeRoads adjudicative model.  Today, the p0lice have incredible discretion to charge DUI  offences by way of the criminal law or penalize pursuant to the Provincial Administrative Penalties Act (PAPA 2020). Though PAPA 2020 confers many evidentiary advantages on the government, this Alberta roadside sanctions lawyer has learned that the law also permits some evidentiary shortcuts to the penalized motorist. Under the SafeRoads adjudicative model, the adjudicator only has the power to cancel or confirm the notice of administrative penalty. If you are looking to hire an impaired driving lawyer  in Alberta or a lawyer to defend against immediate roadside sanctions, call me for a free telephone consultation. Though I offer competitive and affordable rates, the fact is, lawyers are not inexpensive, so it is very important for you to choose the criminal defence lawyer who is right for you.  Good luck.