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In Alberta, allegations involving domestic violence receive special attention from the Court, Crown and law enforcement.  In Calgary, there is a specialized domestic violence courtroom, populated by specifically designated prosecutors who operate alongside the Calgary Police Service, Victim’s Assistance and other State funded organizations, such as HomeFront.  The domestic violence guideline is victim orientated.  

What distinguishes domestic violence offences from other similar charges is the relationship between the parties.  Though domestic violence protocols are generally activated in circumstances of cohabitation, the specialized court is often used in situations involving close personal relationships where the parties reside separate and apart.  Domestic violence generally embraces offences such as assault, uttering threats, mischief and criminal harassment.

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CALGARY DEFENCE LAWYER

David Chow is a Calgary domestic violence lawyer who understands your rights and appreciates your situation. David has successfully defended the entire spectrum of domestic violence related offences and routinely secure positive outcomes without the need of going to trial. 

David Chow is not only a Calgary defence lawyer; he defends cases throughout Canada, including Yukon, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.  He has a robust practice in Calgary, Cochrane and Lethbridge.

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Recent Case Results

R. v. S.Y.B.

August 25, 2020

(Cochrane, P.C. - Domestic Assault). SYB was charged with domestic assault in relation to a charge arising in the jurisdiction of Cochrane, Alberta. This prosecution was one where the Crown quickly screened the file, identified weakness in the prosecution, communicated with the complainant and properly permitted the complainant to have a voice in the process.  Though the accused had a very credible trial defence, the Crown offered to resolve the case in a manner that SYB would not suffer a criminal record. Understanding the imperfection and uncertainty in our criminal justice system, SYB agreed with the advice of his/her Cochrane criminal lawyer that it was too risky to take the case to trial. Ultimately, the accused accepted a peace bond and the criminal charge was withdrawn. A peace bond constitutes a legal mechanism whereby the accused agrees to keep the peace and be of good behaviour and to comply with the terms of the bond.  Common terms include "no contact", area restrictions, abstain clauses and counselling. For SYB the Crown understood the weaknesses in its case and after consulting with the complainant, agreed to a peace bond on less onerous than usual conditions.  David Chow is a resident of the town of Cochrane. There are many Cochrane criminal lawyers and Calgary criminal lawyers to choose from. David Chow would appreciate the opportunity to help with your case.

R. v. J.S.S

June 16, 2020

(Calgary, P.C. - Domestic Assault).  JSS was charged with a domestic related assault causing bodily harm in Calgary, Alberta. Though the Criminal Code of Canada does not recognize a separate offence for "domestic assault", the domestic context to any criminal allegation is usually considered an aggravating factor if the accused is convicted.  After arrest, JSS was released on conditions that required no-contact with the family. This type of release condition can cause great stress on not only the accused but the accused's family -- who may not want him/her to be absent from the home.  Also, no contact and area restrictions can cause not only the accused, but the family financial distress. JSS was highly responsible and took immediate steps -- such as counselling -- to persuade the Crown to vary bail conditions. Due to credible concerns on the part of JSS's Calgary domestic assault lawyer that the essential witness may not have been entirely honest, the case was set for trial. As with all charges, the Crown Prosecutor plays an important role. As the trial neared, the Crown received some new information from its witnesses that caused it to have concerns about continuing with the prosecution and as a result, the charge was stayed. The lesson from this case is that whenever you are charged with a criminal offence, it is important to pursue every legitimate angle to defending the case. If you are in need of a Calgary domestic violence lawyer to help with your case, call David Chow. David is a former Crown prosecutor and longtime Calgary criminal lawyer. He routinely secures verdicts of not guilty in domestic assault cases.

R. v. B.E.E.

January 9, 2020

(Turner Valley, P.C.).  This client was charged with assault causing bodily harm, assaulting a police officer and mischief to property. The assault police officer allegation was relatively minor but whenever an accused assaults an officer acting in the execution of duty the risk of jail increases. The assault causing bodily harm occurred as a result as a domestic incident, as did the mischief.  As a Calgary domestic violence lawyer, David Chow has handled a wide-variety of cases and has learned that most incidents handled by our criminal justice system are truly individualized. No matter how serious the allegation it is not unusual for members of the community to galvanize in support of the accused. In this case, the community (included the complainants) recognized that BEE had been struggling for a long time with obviously very difficult personal and emotional circumstances. As a result, the case was resolved with the support of the Prosecutor, complainants and ultimately the support of the judge in a manner that focussed on rehabilitation. David Chow is not only a Calgary domestic violence lawyer, he is a full service Alberta criminal lawyer who appears in Turner Valley. Call for a free telephone consultation. 

R. v. C-L.C.

October 30, 2019

(Airdrie, P.C.).  Calgary criminal lawyers often appear in jurisdictions outside of the City of Calgary.  David Chow is not only a Calgary criminal lawyer, he is an experienced Airdrie Criminal Defence Lawyer. LC was charged with assault causing bodily harm arising from a serious incident arising on the streets of the City of Airdrie.  The assault was domestic in nature and thus the accused needed an experienced Airdrie domestic violence lawyer. The first trial in relation to this case occurred in 2018. At that trial the case was derailed in the midst of cross-examination and a mistrial was ordered.  The evidence from the first trial and its delay created additional issues and the case was eventually stayed. The lesson from LC s that a criminal defence lawyer must be prepared to be pursue all avenues of defence. David Chow is a Calgary domestic violence lawyer of choice who practices throughout the Province of Alberta. He is an Alberta criminal defence lawyer who routinely appears in the City of Airdrie. If you have been charged in Airdrie or anywhere in Alberta, call for a free telephone consultation.