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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".


As my office has long been “by appointment only”, social and physical distancing protocols have been much simpler for me to manage during this crisis. Other Calgary criminal lawyers have had to make some significant adjustments.  As always, I remain committed to providing quality legal advice and services. I can be contacted by telephone 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.  I also have the facilities for remote video consultations, such as through ZOOM or SKYPE.  

If you need to consult about any criminal or regulatory case, please do not hesitate to call 403.452.8018. In the meantime, I encourage you to peruse my website.  It has extensive content, including navigation to practice areas, jurisdictions, defences and a criminal law blog.  In my criminal law blog, I routinely offer a criminal lawyer's perspective on the issues of the day.

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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.


Exercising Freedom Responsibly in a Time of Crisis

To have freedom means that we exercise it responsibly. This post is about the Emergencies Act, freedom and our responsibility as Canadians to act as custodians of our own civil liberties. To those ignoring social distancing, you are not acting as responsible stewards of our freedom. In the opinion of this Calgary criminal lawyer, ignoring the need to socially distance in this public health crisis is not the responsible exercise of freedom. If some Canadians continue to act selfishly and irresponsibly, the Government may use its powers to limit our freedom. I for one prefer to manage my own freedom rather than to have the State manage it for me.  

Support Canadians: Social Distancing and Buying Local

Once we have dealt with the coronavirus health pandemic, we will need to come together as a community to repair what I perceive will be extensive damage to our society. The repair  might include supporting people who lost loved ones. It will also require every Albertan to loyally support local businesses.  Kickstarting what could be a decimated economy will require that everybody does their  part. 

To support the short-term economic health of our community, I am one of many Calgary criminal lawyers who is encouraging everybody to buy local.

Every dollar that leaves our community to the benefit of some international, non-Alberta based, non-Canadian business, may never return. Every dollar that leaves our community may contribute to the death of a local business, which will exacerbate unemployment, which will further contribute the death of local businesses. The death of local business means a smaller tax base, which could result in even greater job loss, including at the government level. 

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. R.V.

March 27, 2020

(Airdrie, P.C.).  Though RV certainly had a very viable defence to the allegations of possession for the purpose of trafficking and thus likely would have successfully defended this case on grounds that the Crown could not prove "possession" of the drugs beyond a reasonable doubt, this Airdrie criminal lawyer suspects that the entry of an early stay of proceedings in this case was the result by the coronavirus pandemic.  This crisis will have a dramatic impact on some prosecutions for the foreseeable future. In this case, the drugs were located in a motor vehicle occupied by several persons. The drugs were not in plain view and RV was not the owner or operator of the vehicle. To prove "possession" the Crown would have to prove that the accused had knew the drugs were present, consented to them being in his/her possession and had control over them.  Since the drugs were not in plain view, any argument that the accused had "knowledge" of them would have been difficult. Since the vehicle did not belong to the accused and was operated by him/her, any argument that he/she had "control" of the contents of the vehicle would have also been difficult. If you have been charged with a criminal offence in Airdrie, Calgary or anywhere in Alberta, consult with experienced Calgary criminal lawyers before you choose your legal representation.  David Chow hopes to be your Calgary drug lawyer of choice. Call for a free consultation. 

R. v. R.R. L.

February 25, 2020

(Calgary, P.C).  David Chow is a Calgary DUI lawyer who defended his first criminal impaired driving case in 1999. In RRL the Accused was charged with failing to provide a sample of breath into an approved screening device (ASD). An approved screening device is an investigative tool used to presumptively test blood-alcohol. In December 2018 the Government changed the decades old roadside breath screening law from a process requiring "reasonable suspicion" that the motorist had alcohol in his or her body to a demand requiring mandatory compliance without meeting any investigative standard. According to recent commentary by the City of Calgary Police Department, all motorists are now a "supply sample". RRL had numerous defences. Firstly, there was delay in making the mandatory screening demand. Secondly, as a result of the delay, there were arguable right to counsel issues. Thirdly, the accused was captured on camera and it appeared that he was not trying to defeat the instrument. Fourthly, there were issues with the police grounds for arrest. As a result of these issues and others, the Accused successfully defended the case. If you are searching for an impaired driving lawyer or a Calgary criminal lawyer for any other case, exercise due diligence and call David Chow for a free consultation. 

R. v. D.J.J.

February 21, 2020

(Whitehorse, S.C.).  DJJ was charged with aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm arising out of an incident at an establishment in Whitehorse, Yukon.  The injuries were serious. The case was scheduled for trial at the Supreme Court of Whitehorse. The primary legal issue in the case revolved around principles relating to the assessing the credibility of the accused and evaluating the whole of the case "beyond a reasonable doubt". In this case, the Crown also tried to argue that the accused had a motive to assault the complainant. The accused hired Calgary criminal lawyer, David Chow, to defend him at trial. The trial lasted four days. The trial was highlighted by the judge excluding the evidence of motive. In the end, the trial judge had serious issues with the credibility and reliability of the crown's primary witness and found the accused "not guilty" of all charges.  David Chow is an Alberta criminal lawyer who appears in jurisdictions with the Province and outside of it.  David has defended clients in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory. He has also appeared at all levels of court, including the Provincial and Superior Courts of Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, the Territorial Court of Yukon, the Superior Court of Yukon, the Alberta Court of Appeal, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.  Looking for a Whitehorse criminal lawyer, consider giving David Chow a call. He offers a free telephone consultation.