(Airdrie, P.C. - Uttering Threats). BVB was charged with uttering threats as part of a domestic violence incident occurring in Airdrie, Alberta. David Chow is one of several Calgary criminal lawyers who appears in courts throughout Alberta, including the City of Airdrie. In this case, the disclosure in BVB showed that notwithstanding the "domestic" categorization of the offence, it was actually fairly trivial in nature. Helping BVB was the fact that counselling was considered part of an acceptable arrangement and the complainant fully supported the non-criminal record type resolution negotiated by defence counsel. Ultimately BVB was allowed to return home, without a criminal record. This is yet another example where working to connect with the Crown, who in turn is prepared to closely consider the case and craft a reasonable resolution operates to not only save the accused a criminal record, but also, to save the accused the impact on his or her wallet. Though many criminal defence services are costly, the first priority for every criminal lawyer is (1) to protect the client against a criminal record while (2) being respectful and sensitive to legal costs. David Chow is a full service Airdrie criminal lawyer who works to achieve both of these ends. For a free consultation with an experienced domestic assault lawyer in Calgary, Airdrie or anywhere in Alberta, call 403.452.8018. Where possible, save money on your lawyer.
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If you have been charged with a domestic violence offence there is a high likelihood that you are subject to a no-contact order with the complainant, an area restriction prohibiting your attendance at your own home and perhaps restrictive conditions that prevent you from having access to your children. These restrictions may cause personal, economic and financial hardship that negatively impacts all parties (including the complainant).
Ironically, the complainant-centric domestic violence protocol may have the undesired effect of victimizing or even re-victimizing the parties.
You may even be the real victim.
Though many domestic violence charges are initiated by persons who truly require the assistance of the police, Crown or court, it is not unusual for proceedings to commence as a result of an ulterior motive, such as a child custody dispute or disagreement over who retains the primary residence.
With every domestic violence charge, the accused is placed on bail. Since conditions of release generally restrict one’s everyday life (such as the place a person calls home), the likelihood of breaching bail is oftentimes dramatically and unreasonably increased.
There are ways to resolve most domestic assault charges without acquiring a criminal record. How? A peace bond is one option.
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He recommends that you properly research and select your Calgary defence lawyer of choice. Always remember, any lawyer can advertise, not every lawyer is equally effective. The fact is, if you are new to the criminal justice system, you probably don't know about the various defence practicing in Alberta. Just because a lawyer has been practicing for a long time doesn't mean he or she is better than a lawyer who has been practicing for less time; but the fact is, the longer a defence counsel has been practicing, the greater the chance that the lawyer has the experience to handle your case. That said, there are many lawyers senior in years who have far less trial experience that some mid-level defence counsel. Also, there are many defence lawyers in Alberta who have a multi-disciplinary practice and thus may not have an exclusive "criminal law" practice. In Alberta's present economic environment, lawyers are looking for business and thus may be dabbling a variety of disciplines.
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Recent Case Results
(Calgary, P.C. - Domestic Assault). EAM was charged with a single count of domestic assault in a case arising in Calgary. Though the incident was relatively trivial, the Crown and Court takes all allegations of domestic violence very seriously. The reason for this is due in large measure to the impact that domestic violence has on the family (especially children) and the trust relationship that exists between cohabitating persons. The lesson from this case was not so much in skilled lawyering; rather, this is a case about a client who despite some initial reticence, ultimately took advice from his Calgary domestic assault lawyer. David Chow instructed the client that notwithstanding his position, there was a non-criminal record disposition that achieved the end of avoiding criminal consequences while at the same time saving legal fees. Also, this is a situation where the Crown Prosecutor displayed a high level of compassion for the accused in agreeing to the resolution. Though the accused needed to complete some counselling, the resolution also preserved the accused's clean standing and protected his public record from registering a criminal conviction. Ultimately, this client worked hard to resolve the case and at the end of his counselling, expressed how it had changed his life. If you have been charged with domestic assault, consult with a humber of Calgary criminal lawyers so that you can make the right choice. David Chow offers a free consultation and a promise: if retained, he will work in your best interest. Your best interest concerns both the outcome of the case and its impact on your wallet.
(Didsbury, P.C. - Domestic Violence). MSM was charged with uttering threats and intimidation in relation to a case investigated in Didsbury, Alberta. On review of the disclosure, David Chow advised his client that it was his opinion that MSM had a good prospect of successfully defending the case. Strong concerns were communicated that there was no reasonable prospect of conviction in relation to the intimidation charge and very weak case with respect to the allegation of uttering threats. Notwithstanding the strong defence, the accused was advised -- as all should be -- about the risk of proceeding to trial; even in a seemingly very strong case. Discussions occurred between the defence and Crown. Though the specifics of those discussions cannot be discussed, the Prosecutor properly screened and assessed the file and agreed to resolve the case by way of a peace bond with reasonable conditions. A peace bond resolution does not involve a criminal record; the avoidance of which is usually the first priority for any criminal defence lawyer. If you have been charged with a domestic violence incident in Alberta, David Chow would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business. David Chow is a Didsbury domestic violence lawyer who offers a free consultation for all domestic violence cases.
(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.