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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.

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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:

The Spectre of Wrongful Conviction: The Importance of Disclosure in our Criminal Justice System

The takeaway from Stinchcombe and other cases is that disclosure is seminal to the accused's right to make full answer and defence. If Mr. Chiniquay or Ms. Herchak were deprived of the disclosure relating to the review panel bringing Dr. Matches’ work into question, they were arguably deprived of their right to make full answer and defence.

Whatever the case, this Fifth Estate story has illuminated the spectre of wrongful conviction for a pair of people convicted of crime in Alberta.  The question is, who is at fault? Maybe nobody? Maybe everybody?

Engineering the Answer: Is Calgary a Safe City?

This post is simply to add some perspective to a typical crime story.   The goal is to provide some tools for analyzing and interpreting media.

On January 7th, 2020 City Television aired a news report on Breakfast TV about crime in Calgary.  They asserted that 2019 witnessed a “spike” in crime and connected this information with recent homicides and shootings in 2020. They followed this up by asking whether “Calgarians feel safe”. 

This is a typical daily news story that can be found on just about any news network in North American. Tell a story about crime, then ask citizens whether they feel safe. Tell a story about violent crime and many people will almost assuredly respond that they feel unsafe.  It’s a kind of broken record that has been replayed in the news media for as long as I can remember.  “Something bad happened in your community”, says the reporter. “Do you feel safe”, the reporter asks.  Much of the time, the interviewee predictably responds that he or she does not. It appears this is a popular model for crime reporting.


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. Z.Z.D.

January 17, 2020

(Cochrane, P.C.). ZZD was charged with a very historical sexual assault.  In Canada, there is no limitation period for the Crown to prosecute an Indictable offence; meaning that a prosecution can be commenced years, even decades after the alleged incident. Not surprisingly, this kind of situation is extremely prejudicial to the accused, who as a result of the passage of time may no longer have access to witnesses, defence materials or even an accurate memory. Studies on the human brain confirm that a persons memory is really little more than a reconstruction of perception and experience that is susceptible to deterioration over time. It is even possible for the narrative of an event to become so tainted by interference of other memories and time that remembered event may have little or no correspondence to what actually transpired. Assessing credibility and reliability of evidence in our criminal justice system is arguably an antiquated and somewhat obtuse process that in the view of this Cochrane criminal lawyer in some cases may lend to wrongful conviction. With this in mind, there are simply too many risks to trial and as such, if a case can be resolved without trial, any accused should strongly consider the options.  In this case ZZD resolved without any admission of guilt and the charges were withdrawn. If you are searching for a criminal lawyer in Alberta to help you assess your options, research Alberta criminal lawyers and consider calling Calgary criminal lawyer, David Chow, for a free telephone consultation. 

R. v. P.T.P.

January 10, 2020

(Calgary, P.C.).  PTP is a case that illustrates non-trial options to successfully defending a criminal prosecution. PTP was charged with assault in relation to an incident that involved security guards. From reviewing disclosure, which included video from the Crown and video solely in the possession of the accused's counsel, PTP had a very meritorious case of self defence. However, as an Alberta criminal defence lawyer who appeared on cases throughout this province, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Territories, David Chow is aware that our criminal justice system is far from perfect or fair. Though none of us want to believe that wrongful convictions don't happen or are incredibly rare, the reality is that this not likely the truth.  Keep in mind that the wrongful conviction cases in Canada have almost in every case been exposed in high profile homicide prosecutions -- usually by DNA analysis (an evidence collection procedure generally utilized in only the most serious of crimes). With this in mind, when PTP was offered to resolve by Alternative Measures -- a program that if successfully completed would guarantee no criminal record -- the offer could not be passed-up. In Canada, the principle of Occam's razor is usually the most prudent way to approach a criminal case; that is to say, the path of least resistance is the path that should be taken. For a free consultation with a proven Calgary criminal lawyer, call David Chow for a free telephone consultation. When hiring a defence lawyer, it is your responsibility to do your due diligence. 

R. v. B.E.E.

January 9, 2020

(Turner Valley, P.C.).  This client was charged with assault causing bodily harm, assaulting a police officer and mischief to property. The assault police officer allegation was relatively minor but whenever an accused assaults an officer acting in the execution of duty the risk of jail increases. The assault causing bodily harm occurred as a result as a domestic incident, as did the mischief.  As a Calgary domestic violence lawyer, David Chow has handled a wide-variety of cases and has learned that most incidents handled by our criminal justice system are truly individualized. No matter how serious the allegation it is not unusual for members of the community to galvanize in support of the accused. In this case, the community (included the complainants) recognized that BEE had been struggling for a long time with obviously very difficult personal and emotional circumstances. As a result, the case was resolved with the support of the Prosecutor, complainants and ultimately the support of the judge in a manner that focussed on rehabilitation. David Chow is not only a Calgary domestic violence lawyer, he is a full service Alberta criminal lawyer who appears in Turner Valley. Call for a free telephone consultation.