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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. D.T.D.

December 22, 2020

(Calgary, P.C. - Fraud/Obstruction).  This accused was charged with fraud and obstructing police by giving a false name. The accused had no criminal record and had unfortunately accumulating some administrative charges post these allegations. As a long time practicing Calgary criminal lawyer what I have seen is a disparity in the accumulation of administrative offences between people economically and socially disadvantaged and those who are not. For example, those who live in more transient living conditions are much more likely to commit administrative offences arising from a substantive allegation than those who are not. It's hard to maintain a residence when one doesn't have a stable home. Though I run a different practice with a different business model and as such, only handle a small number of Legal Aid or pro bono cases each year, I have immense respect for the Calgary criminal lawyers who have devoted themselves to helping people like DTD. Happily, DTD successfully defended the case after it was set for trial.  Sometimes fighting. a case at trial is the best option.  Searching for a Calgary fraud lawyer, call 403.452.8018 for a free consultation.

R. v. H.R.H.

December 15, 2020

(Canmore, P.C. - Impaired Driving). HRH was the target of a traffic stop at about 9:30AM on a cold, snow covered day in 2019. As a result of the traffic stop, a roadside demand was made and he provided a sample of breath into an approved screening device. HRH was charged with impaired driving and eventually, operating a motor vehicle with blood-alcohol above the legal limit. This accused had a number of quality defences, to include Charter arguments that had a very reasonable prospect of resulting in the exclusion of evidence and acquittal. Those arguments aside, however, HRC had a credible, meaningful and unique mens rea argument that he had no intention to drive while impaired or with high blood-alcohol.  This accused had consumed alcohol the evening before the traffic stop. The accused had a full nights sleep and consumed nothing in the morning. On waking, the accused did not feel the effects of alcohol and for reasons having to do with employment, used a miniature, home breath tester that apparently confirmed it was safe to drive. Of course, personal or home breath testing gear is not approved and not formally recognized by our criminal justice system. However, since mens rea must be proven for any criminal offence, it was nevertheless a relevant factor. Ultimately, was not required to evaluate the mens rea issue because the case was resolved by way of a more technical issue. The Crown properly called no evidence and the charge was dismissed. Scanning the internet for an impaired driving lawyer in Alberta, a Canmore DUI lawyer or an Alberta Roadside Sanctions Lawyer, give David Chow a chance to earn your business.

R. v. G.T.

December 4, 2020

(Calgary, P.C. - Importation/PPT). GT was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and importation of dozens of kilograms of meth and cocaine.  GT was found "not guilty" at trial. This was a multi-kilo drug case that could have had very serious consequences for GT. The trial defences integrated a number of issues, including identification, continuity and the use of circumstantial evidence. The trial judge thoroughly and properly applied the Supreme Court of Canada decision, R. v. Villaroman, 2016 SCC 33 in arriving at the verdict -- "not guilty".  GT's case was one involving a number of investigative techniques, including covert surveillance and forensic technological analysis. David Chow understands there are a number of quality Calgary drug lawyers to choose from. Though there are many Calgary criminal lawyers, not every criminal defence lawyer can properly defend a drug case. GT's situation is another case where David Chow was very grateful to have earned the trust and confidence of his client. Though the principle of Occam's Razor is generally advisable in criminal law cases, sometimes the defence has no other option but to defend the case at trial. Charged with a drug offence? Don't settle for just any lawyer; rather, be duly diligent by interviewing lawyers, doing your research and using your good sense. Your choice of drug lawyer could mean the difference between being found guilty or not - going to jail or not.