(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 AM successfully completed the program and all charges were withdrawn.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.
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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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(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.
(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.
(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.