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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

George Floyd: The Few Bad Apples Dodge

Many will say that we can’t brush all police, from all jurisdictions with the brush of what happened in Minneapolis.  To some extent, this is true. However, in my view (and indeed the view of some Alberta criminal lawyers), until good cops start to defend the public from bad cops, and until police stop acting with entitled violence, there is a justifiable basis to broadly judge police departments across North America.  The problem is not merely with a few bad apples, the problem is that these bad apples are actually spoiling the bunch.  Of course, this is only one Calgary criminal lawyer's opinion.

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. Z.B.

June 15, 2020

(Calgary, P.C. - Assault).  The best way to describe ZB was as an honest, ordinary, hardworking person who had never up until one evening at a local drinking establishment, been in trouble with the law. Unfortunately for ZB, overconsumption of alcohol played a role in some poor decision making. ZB was accused of a minor assault. Fortunately, Canada's criminal justice system has space for impulsive, first time accused persons who may have engaged in rare behaviour. In this case, the Crown saw no reason to saddle ZB with the potential permanency of a criminal record and agreed to admission into the Alternative Measures Program (AMP). Though ZB may have had some defences at trial, the Alternative Measures Program offered a guaranteed second chance (as long as the program was completed). ZB took every reasonable step to complete AMP but ultimate completion was derailed as a result of COVID-19. The Prosecutor recognized ZB's efforts and withdrew the assault charge despite the fact some community service hours were outstanding. ZB concluded the criminal case without attracting a criminal record. If you are searching for a Calgary criminal lawyer to assist with your case, give David Chow a call -- he can help.

R. v. K.L.

May 6, 2020

(Calgary, P.C. - Impaired Driving). KL was charged with impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with blood alcohol at/over the legal limit. The case against KL was, all things considered, fairly minor. There was no bad driving or inappropriate conduct by the accused. The accused did not overtly display any indicia of impairment. The accused was cooperative with the police. The impaired driving investigation was triggered by the use of an Approved Screening Device (an instrument used to presumptively test blood-alcohol concentration).  In today's investigative climate, the police consider all motorists a breath "supply sample".  KL failed the test, was arrested and a demand was made for him to supply samples of breath at a police detachment.  Again, KL complied, ultimately providing two samples, the lowest being 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (80mg%).  Though KL had legitimate legal defences, perhaps the best defence arose because he was cooperative, had no prospect of being convicted of "impaired driving" and when formally tested, supplied the lowest possible BAC reading to trigger an "at 80" charge. Of course, in March 2020 the Courts closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Months of closure and inactive trial courts meant increased trial delays.  As a result of the particulars surrounding KL's case and the need for the Crown to triage cases, the charges against KL were "stayed" by the Crown.  KL's case illustrates that there are many good reasons in DUI prosecutions to fight the case at trial. If you have been charged with impaired driving, there are a handful of experienced Calgary DUI lawyers of choice. David Chow is a full service Calgary criminal lawyer, who has been litigating impaired driving since he represented his first client in Court in 1999.  If you have been charged anywhere in Alberta, David Chow would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business. To speak with an experienced Calgary DUI lawyer, call for a free telephone consultation. 

R. v. R.V.

March 27, 2020

(Airdrie, P.C. - Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking).  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.