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"Any website can sell a lawyer as "the best" (including this one).  The reality is, a great many of  these sell-jobs laud the skill of pretenders.  The only way for you to decide is due diligence.  Anybody can advertise on the Internet; not every lawyer can properly defend a case.  Let me earn your confidence, your trust and your business.  Call for a free telephone consultation".


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David Chow is a full service Calgary criminal lawyer with almost two-decades of real litigation experience.  In 1999, he appeared in Court as a law student to successfully defend his first client. He won his first trial  (an assault at a gas station) in 2000. That same year he went on to defend clients charged with a variety of offences, including impaired driving, possession of stolen property and crimes of violence (such as uttering threats and assault).

David is a former Crown Prosecutor and a seasoned Calgary defence lawyer.  He has defended over a thousand cases, during which time he has successfully run hundreds of trials.  He routinely secures verdicts of "not guilty" and other favourable outcomes for his clients.  He has secured verdicts of "not guilty" for murder and other serious crimes, such as multi-kilo drug trafficking and impaired driving causing death. David Chow is a Calgary DUI lawyer and drug lawyer of choice.


any lawyer can advertise

Many Calgary criminal lawyers have websites boasting about their success.  David skills are proven by years of actually litigating trials, not merely pleading client's guilty.  David Chow understands complex investigations 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.  

Don't trust a website or an advertisement; any lawyer can sell to you online.  Be diligent and call (403) 452-8018 for a free telephone consultation.  Talk to David Chow (and other Calgary criminal lawyers) so that you have enough information to make the right choice for you.


RECENT BLOG POSTS

Police Reform: Peace, Respect and Trust

Police reform is necessary. To my mind, we need to move away from the kind of steroid, militarized and arguably “above the law” policing, to a more community-based, interactive model built on respect and trust.    

It is my hope that police forces across North America (including Canada) start the process of real change. 

In conclusion, I would like to say THANK YOU to the members of police forces everywhere (including Calgary) who work every day to build trust and confidence with the communities they serve.  You are special officers.  To those officers that act outside the law or in ways that do not engender respect and trust, I say, maybe now is the time for some meaningful introspection.  Maybe now is the time to think, "but for the grace of God, go I" and to accept that you can be part of real change or find a different job.

Yeah I said it.  It's Grade School Obvious Conflict of Interest

The math is simple: since both policing and prosecuting may have a private interest in charging and convicting (because they can ensure the collection of money to further their economic and labour interests), a strong argument can be made that every charge and every prosecution is tainted by either individual self-interest or a reasonable apprehension that these public servants will use their power to collect victim fine surcharges for their own personal self-interest.  The Victims of Crime fund should not be used in this way. It's grade school obvious.


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 over a thousand clients.  He has successfully defended the vast majority of them. He has won hundreds of trials, helped several hundreds of people avoid a criminal record and kept hundreds of clients out of jail. 

Don't place your trust in a dabbler, a criminal defence lawyer with a volume practice or a law firm that will simply pass your case along to a junior. Place your trust in a Calgary criminal lawyer who will focus on your case.  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 and Calgary drug lawyer who handles all criminal driving offences, he is a proven Alberta criminal lawyer who appears in many jurisdictions outside of the City of Calgary.

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 and cost your freedom.  Defending your freedom is perhaps the most important decision you will ever make. So defend it by hiring a singularly focussed Calgary criminal lawyer who handles cases throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Give David Chow a chance to earn your business. He offers a free consultation. Call 403.452.8018.


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.

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


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Recent Case Results

R. v. T.N.N.

July 9, 2020

(Calgary, P.C. - Possession of a Firearm). TN was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm arising from an investigation whereby a vehicle for which he/she was a passenger was taken by police. TN's Calgary criminal lawyer consulted with the Crown for the purpose of seeking the withdrawal of the charge. The basis for the withdrawal request was grounded in the law of "possession". In short, the evidence failed to establish "knowledge", "consent" or "control" over a loaded firearm located under a seat. In this case, the firearm was not in plain view. The vehicle with neither owned nor driven by the accused. The police were focussed on a different target. TN asserted to having no knowledge about the presence of the gun. In the tradition of the Crown, the Prosecutor took a close look at the disclosure and agreed with defence counsel that though the evidence was more strongly linked to co-accused, there was insufficient evidence to prosecute TN. The charge was withdrawn and TN did not shoulder a criminal record. David Chow is one a few Calgary criminal lawyers experienced in handling firearms offences. If you are looking to hire a Calgary firearms lawyer, call for free consultation.

R. v. T.Y.

July 3, 2020

(Calgary, P.C. - Assaulting a Police Officer). On June 10th, 2020 TY discovered charges were laid against her on March 6th, 2020 in relation to an incident with police in the family home on October 22nd, 2019. This was discovered after TY lodged a complaint with the City of Calgary Police Service (CPS) and after a video taken by a family member showed something not, in the opinion of this Calgary criminal lawyer, consistent with the accused committing any crime at all. TY went public to support the outcry for police reform following the death of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020. The accused was shocked to learn that charges had been laid months earlier without notice of any court appearance. A police spokesperson claimed that the reason for failed service of a summons was "COVID" -- a claim that arguably defies logic. The incident happened in October 2019 (4 months prior to charges being laid). Calgary was not shut down as a result of Covid until after March 13, but of course, police were considered an essential service. Police continued to collect full salaries during the lockdown. Most importantly, for the purpose of "serving" documents, COVID was a perfect opportunity to locate the person subject to service, for he or she would be expected to found in their home. It is also not insignificant that counsel for TY communicated with police in October and November 2019, offering to accept service of court documents by fax or scan and email. The point is, it appears TY was targeted by a questionably motivated criminal charge, later followed by dubious justifications by third-parties within the police department about failed process. On July 3rd, 2020 the Calgary Crown Prosecutor's Office took swift action, withdrawing the criminal allegations against TY -- her complaint against the officers remains outstanding. If you have been charged with assaulting a police officer or any crime of violence, contact experienced Calgary criminal lawyers for advice. To read about David Chow's perspective on police read "Police Reform: Peace, Respect and Trust". 

R. v. J.S.S

June 16, 2020

(Calgary, P.C. - Domestic Assault).  JSS was charged with a domestic related assault causing bodily harm in Calgary, Alberta. Though the Criminal Code of Canada does not recognize a separate offence for "domestic assault", the domestic context to any criminal allegation is usually considered an aggravating factor if the accused is convicted.  After arrest, JSS was released on conditions that required no-contact with the family. This type of release condition can cause great stress on not only the accused but the accused's family -- who may not want him/her to be absent from the home.  Also, no contact and area restrictions can cause not only the accused, but the family financial distress. JSS was highly responsible and took immediate steps -- such as counselling -- to persuade the Crown to vary bail conditions. Due to credible concerns on the part of JSS's Calgary domestic assault lawyer that the essential witness may not have been entirely honest, the case was set for trial. As with all charges, the Crown Prosecutor plays an important role. As the trial neared, the Crown received some new information from its witnesses that caused it to have concerns about continuing with the prosecution and as a result, the charge was stayed. The lesson from this case is that whenever you are charged with a criminal offence, it is important to pursue every legitimate angle to defending the case. If you are in need of a Calgary domestic violence lawyer to help with your case, call David Chow. David is a former Crown prosecutor and longtime Calgary criminal lawyer. He routinely secures verdicts of not guilty in domestic assault cases.