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"In December 2020 the Alberta Government introduced new Provincial impaired driving legislation that in the view of this Alberta criminal lawyer, seriously erodes due process".

Served with a Notice of Administrative Penalty (NAP)?  To dispute  your fine, vehicle seizure and driving suspension as result of Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS) call for a free consultation. David Chow is a Calgary DUI lawyer and  Alberta Roadside Sanctions lawyer who is prepared to help you at a reasonable price.


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For anybody searching for a criminal defence lawyer in Alberta or anywhere else, reliance on keyword terms such as "best Calgary criminal lawyer", 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.  My advice: choose carefully -- choose wisely.

SafeRoads Alberta: Judge, Jury and Executioner

The new SafeRoads legislation vests power in police to administer Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS) when they have “reasonable grounds” to believe that a motorist “has committed an impaired driving offence”.  This is done by issuing a notice of administrative penalty (NAP). Looking to hire a roadside sanctions lawyer in Alberta, call for a free consultation. 


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Recent Case Results

SafeRoads v. P.S.P.

March 11, 2021

(Calgary, NAP-IRS).  PSP was issued immediate roadside sanctions by way of a notice of administrative penalty. Like so many cases where a person is charged or sanctioned by law enforcement (either through the criminal law or a regulatory scheme), the investigating agency stumbles into a situation, only to observe a partial event without context.  In this case, though PSP was not initially in care or control of the vehicle -- and had not intention to do so -- circumstances unfolded that caused her to be behind the wheel.  Specifically, PSP's partner slid on ice and the vehicle got lodged in a snow bank. To get the vehicle dislodged, PSP's partner was the stronger person and so he pushed while PSP steered the vehicle out of the snowbank. Unfortunately, just as the pair got unstuck and were about to change positions, police rolled up and investigated PSP for impaired driving. PSP had her notice of administrative penalty cancelled on grounds relating to the collection of the breath samples. Notwithstanding the cancellation, the SafeRoads IRS framework still exacted a punishment; for PSP's vehicle was impounded and incurred impound fees for 30 days.  Issued immediate roadside sanctions? Call a Calgary roadside sanctions lawyer for advice. David Chow offers a free telephone consultation. 

SafeRoads v. WRW

March 1, 2021

(Red Deer, SafeRoads/DUI). WRW was issued immediate roadside sanctions in circumstances where he was not inside the vehicle at the time the roadside investigation commenced, had consumed no alcohol prior to driving and in circumstances where the off-road ATV was inoperable.  Other than writing and issuing paperwork that resulted in a vehicle tow and licence suspension, almost no meaningful investigation was conducted. This is an example of case where a person was sanctioned at the discretion of police and had his employment put in serious jeopardy in circumstances where a reasonable investigation may have resulted in a different course of action. Luckily, the SafeRoads adjudicator understood WRW's argument and cancelled the notice of administrative penalty (NAP). There are several Alberta criminal lawyers experienced in handling roadside sanctions. If you are looking for an immediate roadside sanctions lawyer in Alberta, call 403.452.8018 for a free initial consultation. David Chow is a Calgary based criminal defence lawyer who handles cases throughout the entire province. #RoadsideSanctionsLawyer

R. v. K.K.B.

February 22, 2021

(Pincher Creek, PC. - Sexual Assault).  After a few days of trial KKB was found not guilty of sexual assault.  The prosecution ran a very good case, but our criminal justice system recognizes that cross-examination is an effective tool for testing the credibility and reliability of witness testimony/evidence. Sexual assault is a serious offence. The penalty for major sexual assault starts at 3 years in jail (see R. v. Sandercock). If convicted, the accused is also penalized by inclusion on the Sexual Offender Information Registry (SOIR). This registry is a public record that effectively tracks persons convicted of sexual assault by more easily bringing them into the spotlight of public attention.  Like so many sexual assault cases, there is no doubt that KKB was difficult for the court; for the case involved respectfully balancing the principles of criminal justice with the interests of the accused and complainant. Also, evaluating the evidence according to principles set out in the Criminal Code and common law in sexual assault cases is not an easy task for the Court.  Looking for a criminal lawyer in Alberta to defend a sexual assault case? Call for a free initial consultation. David Chow is an Alberta criminal lawyer with nearly 19 years at the criminal bar and over 21 years appearing in criminal courts. David is a Pincher Creek criminal lawyer.