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A criminal driving offence is essentially any driving related infraction that involves criminal prosecution.  Certainly the most common criminal driving offence is impaired driving and related crimes, such as blowing over the legal limit or refusing to blow. The Criminal Code of Canada includes a variety of other driving offences, such as dangerous driving, hit and run, evade police and may even encapsulate charges such as criminal negligence or vehicular assault.

If you have been charged with a criminal driving offence, it is paramount that you retain a lawyer who fully appreciates the evidence and all available defences.  Successfully resisting a criminal driving prosecution requires a lawyer who not only understands the law, but has enough pragmatic experience to grasp the difference between criminal driving and other conduct that may only be a transgression of the Traffic Safety Act or perhaps even innocent driving behaviour that is neither criminal nor quasi-criminal.   

For a free consultation with a Calgary dangerous driving lawyer, who defends all criminal driving offences, call 403.452.8018.

David Chow defends cases throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, including Cochrane, Brooks and Lethbridge.

Recent Case Results

R. v. A.C.

December 6, 2017

(Calgary, P.C.). David Chow is a Calgary DUI lawyer who is no stranger to defending impaired driving cases in Court. A.C. was charged was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle.  The trial for A.C. was on December 6th, 2017.  Like so many people, A.C.'s employment was contingent on a clean criminal record.  After illuminating issues with the Crown's case, including violations of A.C.'s rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the charges were withdrawn by the Crown.  It doesn't matter how a case is successfully defended, only that it is successfully defended. To successfully defend your DUI case, call David Chow -- he is an experienced Calgary impaired driving lawyer. 

R. v. T.B.

November 5, 2014

(Calgary, P.C.).  Trial was held in relation to impaired driving, dangerous driving and refusing to blow.  The accused filed a Charter Notice. The trial judge excluded evidence in relation to the refusal charge and ultimately the remainder of the allegations were dismissed.  It is not unusual to be able to knock over one domino in an impaired driving case that knocks over the entire case.  Defending impaired driving in Calgary, Alberta or anywhere in Canada is serious business requiring a serious lawyer.  For an honest assessment of your case, call David Chow; he is an experienced impaired driving lawyer in Calgary. 

R. v. M.K.

February 1, 2014

February 2014 (Lethbridge, P.C.)
The client was charged with serious impaired driving and dangerous driving offences.  The case involved a major motor vehicle accident.  David negotiated the withdrawal of the impaired driving allegations, entered a guilty plea to dangerous driving and successfully argued for a conditional discharge. The client completed the terms of his discharge and does not have a criminal record.

R. v. A.P.

January 22, 2014

(Calgary PC) Client was charged with impaired driving and refusing to supply a breath sample at roadside. The defence argued a plethora of issues under the Charter. The trial judge ultimately entered a judicial stay of proceedings on grounds that the police contravened section 8 by arresting the client without authority pursuant to section 495 of the Criminal Code.  Section 495 of the Criminal Code of Canada stipulates that for a hybrid offence such as refusing to supply a roadside sample, the police can only arrest if certain preconditions to the arrest are met. Those preconditions are as follows: (1) the police cannot ascertain the identity of the accused.  (2) The officer has reasonable grounds to believe the accused will fail to attend court.  (3). The arrest is necessary to bring the commission of the offence to a halt. (4) The arrest is necessary to preserve evidence. If these conditions are not met, it is very likely that the arrest of the accused was "unlawful".  In recent years police in Calgary and other jurisdictions have used the power of the uniform to initiate arrests under s. 495 rather than their powers conferred by the criminal law. AP has become one of the routinely cited cases for Charter challenges under s. 495.  David Chow is a Calgary impaired driving lawyer who routinely makes unique and sophisticated arguments.