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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".


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.


Better Safe than Sorry not always Safe

At a minimum, Ms. McRae’s case does more than merely highlight the seriousness of “swatting” as a criminal offence, it underscores the need on the part of law enforcement to properly evaluate the credibility and reliability of anonymous tips before engaging the innocent public. If pressed, I imagine a spokesperson for the EPS will say “better safe than sorry”. In my view, however,  better safe than sorry is not always the safest or most reasonable approach to law enforcement or protection of the community.

There is no safety for anybody when they are compelled at gunpoint -- even when those guns are pointed by the police.


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 Calgary criminal law specialist 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.

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Recent Case Results

R. v. A.R.D.

September 6, 2019

(Calgary, P.C.).  ARD was charged with fraud under $5000. After a review of the disclosure, it was clear that there was a very meritorious defence that even if the Crown could prove that he/she was present at the business where the fraud was alleged to have occurred, it was very unlikely they could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. In the tradition of the Crown directed a "stay of proceedings".  Though the Defence often never discovers the reasons for the "stay of proceedings" (stay) and did not learn of the reasons in this case, ARD illustrates that pressing to trial is often the best way to fully defend a charge. This accused will not have a criminal record reflecting this allegation. It is important to appreciate that a Crown directed "stay" results in the "stayed" charges being set aside.  The accused is no longer subject to bail conditions.  Neither the Court nor the Defence has any basis to interfere with a Prosecutor's discretion to "stay" a charge as opposed to applying for a "withdrawal".  A stay is effectively a "no guilty" result with the exception that if the Crown "stays", they have the discretion in exceptional circumstances, where new evidence that could not have been discovered by any ingenuity on the part of prosecution, to re-open the case within 12 months from the date of the stay. In my legal career as a Calgary criminal lawyer, I have only witnessed 1 case re-opened and that occurred because the accused effectively made admissible confessions to third-parties after the stay was entered.  For a free telephone consultation with an Alberta criminal lawyer who handles all criminal charges, including fraud, call 403.452.8018.

R. v. A.M.H.

August 29, 2019

(Calgary, Y.P.C.).  The allegation in this case was "common assault".  After having reviewed disclosure, this case was really nothing more than a minor mixup between a pair of youths. Though the youth accused in this case had a meritorious defence and thus had a legal and rational basis to proceed to trial, he properly pursued admission in a "diversion" program called Extra Judicial Sanctions. In Calgary and courts throughout the Province, diversion programs may be made available to both youth and adults. In Youth Court the diversion program is called "Extra Judicial Sanctions" (EJS).  In adult court this program is referred to as "Alternative Measures" (AMP). Both programs effectively work the same.  The Crown has complete discretion to authorize admission into the diversion program; the judge has no control over this.  Neither AMP nor EJS require the accused to admit guilt; rather, the accused only need to admit a measure of "responsibility". After signing a document "taking responsibility" for the incident (not pleading guilty), the accused then completes a condition of the program. For young persons, the condition is usually some community service hours. Once complete, the charges are withdrawn. The advantage to a diversion program is that the accused takes full control over his or her outcome and can, by a little effort, guarantee no criminal record. If there is one certainty in criminal justice it is that nothing is certain -- especially if a case is left for a judge to decide. It doesn't matter how strong the facts might appear in your favour or how much the law seems to be on your side, you can still lose if your argument doesn't persuade your judge.  Though most Prosecutor's are quite exceptional, some are not. Accordingly, saving legal fees and resolving a case by completed a diversion program is almost always preferable to litigation. If you have been charged as a youth or adult, David Chow is a Calgary criminal lawyer  and Calgary Youth Criminal Defence Lawyer who defends all criminal cases. Call for a free consultation and give him a chance to earn your business. 

R. v. L.E.K.

August 15, 2019

(Calgary, P.C.).  An Alberta judge once said that it doesn't matter whether the facts are on your side, or whether the law is on your side, or whether you think you have a great argument or all of the above. None of it matters if you can't convince your trial judge that you are right. David Chow represented LK, who was unfortunately convicted in 2017 after a very arduous and lengthy trial.  LK was on trial for a serious home invasion in Calgary that involved a firearm. He had many issues in his favour: identification, investigative necessity, frailties in proving the essential elements of the offence. Despite a very credible argument that the wiretap captures were inadmissible due to investigative necessity, the evidence was admitted at trial. Despite a lack of identification and a very strong argument that the Crown failed to prove LK committed the crimes before the court, he -- along with his co-accused -- was convicted. The example from LK's case is that sometimes no matter how strong defence counsel argues a case, it just doesn't work out. However, the lesson is, since LK advanced every meritorious issue to its ultimate conclusion, and thus forced the Crown to argue and the judge to decide, issues were created on appeal. In 2019 LK was granted a new trial. David Chow is a Calgary criminal lawyer who will advance every credible and meritorious issue in a case.  If you have been charged with a serious offence, including one involving complex wiretap issues, call David Chow. He is one of a number of Calgary criminal lawyers who offers a free initial consultation.