some Cases handled by calgary criminal lawyer, David Chow
Cases presented here are only some of the cases handled by David Chow. All cases use lettering to protect the identity of the client for solicitor-client privilege purposes. The case lettering does not necessarily reflect the client's actual initials. David has successfully defended many clients not represented here.
R. v. R.B.
Posted in Assault andJuly 13, 2021
(Cochrane, P.C. - Assault). RB was a person charged with common assault arising out of an incident with a neighbour. RB had been in a longstanding dispute with the neighbour that unfortunately escalated. RB had a number of quality defences, including self defence and defence of other. Both self defence and defence of other are justification defences to assault. "Assault" is a Criminal Code offence that may be charged along a spectrum from common or simple assault to more serous versions of assault, including aggravated assault. To prove common assault, the crown must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused touched the complainant without consent. Assault does not require a degree of force. Since RB had no criminal record and since there were justifications, approved for Alternative Measures was given by the Prosecutor. Alternative Measures is a viable second chance program where the accused DOES NOT plead guilty. On a Government of Alberta website, Alternative Measures (AMP) is described as requiring a guilty plea. This is incorrect information. AMP only requires the accused to take "responsibility" for his or her participation in the event. This does not require a guilty verdict. AMP is a program that can guarantee no criminal record while saving the accused the expense of a trial. Charged with assault in Cochrane? David Chow is full service Cochrane criminal defence lawyer.
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