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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. A.M.

July 14, 2019

(Calgary, P.C.). AM was charged with domestic assault, assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and failing to attend Court. The charges arose from an almost perfect storm of events that resulted in AM behaving in a way completely inconsistent with how she lived her life. The police were called to respond to a distraught female in a restaurant. AM had earlier been out with her boyfriend, who did some things that would upset anyone in a relationship. The relationship ended which understandably triggered much upset.  This case illustrates that sometimes things happen to human beings that trigger emotional responses.  The accused had some defences, but again, in the tradition of the Crown prosecutor she was given a chance to make amends through a diversion program that if completed, would result in the withdrawal of the charges. AM successfully completed the program and all charges were withdrawn. This is another example about how to successfully defend a case without the need for a trial.  In criminal law, trials are uncertain and costly. David Chow is a Calgary criminal lawyer who will exhaust every avenue to defend a case. Call 403.452.8018 for a free telephone consultation.

R. v. M.M.

June 29, 2019

(Calgary, P.C.).  Allegations of domestic violence in Calgary occur on a spectrum from relatively minor to very serious.  Domestic incidents within many households are also often extremely rare (close to non-existent) but unfortunately, the pressures of everyday life can weigh down on a person, igniting what in a great many cases is completely abnormal behaviour.  By all accounts MM's behaviour was atypical.  Financial stressors resulted in a relatively minor incident that involved the police. Fortunately, MM's case was resolved in a manner that did not require him to shoulder a criminal record or the legal costs of running a trial. In his case, the Crown and defence worked hard to achieve a non-criminal record disposition that ultimately benefited not only MM and his family, but society's interests in ensuring that MM had the tools to better cope in the future. David Chow is a Calgary domestic assault lawyer who routinely works to secure favourable outcomes without the need for trial. Sometimes trials are necessary, but when they are not, it is always best for the client to avoid risk and mitigate the costs of hiring a Calgary defence lawyer. Call for a free consultation.

R. v. EM.L.

June 19, 2019

(Calgary, P.C.).  EM.L was charged with mischief to property in a domestic situation.  Like so many persons charged in Calgary with domestic offences, this one was triggered by strong emotions arising from the breakdown of a relationship. Though the evidence against EM.L was quite strong, the accused was fortunate to have the case reviewed by a reasonable Crown prosecutor who agreed with defence counsel that there was no public interest in fixing this accused with a permanent criminal record. Rather than pushing the case to trial, justice was served by the imposition of a peace bond and the withdrawal of the criminal charges.  For information about Peace Bonds in Calgary, please peruse this site.  David Chow is a Calgary domestic assault lawyer who can help you to avoid a criminal record. 

R. v. D.K.

March 15, 2019

(Okotoks, P.C.).  David Chow secured the withdrawal of an allegation of sexual assault in a domestic context for his client.  In cases of sexual assault it is even more critical for your criminal lawyer to do everything possible to secure the withdrawal of the charges prior to trial. In this case, the accused’s innocence was bolstered by his participation in a polygraph. Though polygraph evidence is not generally admissible in criminal trial, the results of a polygraph can be useful in preventing a prosecution. In almost all cases, David Chow strongly advises against participating in a polygraph, but for D.K. his honesty was so palpable that it was worth the risk to participating in an interpretive test.  If the police are attempting to use a polygraph, call an experienced defence lawyer.  David Chow is a veteran Calgary criminal lawyer and Okotoks defence lawyer who handles cases in Cochrane, Lethbridge, Brooks, Okotoks and throughout Alberta.